Newsletter July

Visit from MUNICH

On 23th of June 2017 Mrs. Anne-Marie DeJonghe from the Association of German Entrepreneurs visited the office and informed about the foundation TANZ.

We are delighted about the interest in our engagement for dancers in transition and thank you for the stimulating exchange of thoughts, dear Mrs. DeJonghe!

Feedback: Implementation of Year Long Transition Group 2017

The year long transition groups, which met for the first time in 2017 in Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Berlin, have now each had three intensive assemblies at four week intervals.

These assemblies dealt with establishing personal contact to one’s own grief, consciously bidding farewell to dance, and systematically examining those aspects which point the way towards a new career. The participants find themselves individually in different places. Some of them are in the phase of transition where they are collecting information about opportunities for education, others are exploring a new possible career with an internship. At the end of the year, the group will meet again to exchange their experiences and evaluate together.

The dancers described participation in the group as very helpful, and found the communal processing gave comfort and support. They discovered that approaching this step can be a joyful experience, as well as how much knowledge they had when they were not isolated but in a group setting.

Anyone who is interested in participating in year long transition group in the future can contact us. That way, we can plan further groups in the above name city:

Transition Basics Workshop “Developing Visions”

… for dancers who don’t have any ideas for their future careers yet, as well as those who would like to be reassured by sharing their ideas in a group. Our workshop on coping with transition: Over 180 dancers have benefited from this workshop in the past 7 years.

The workshop deals with the fundamental questions about transitioning: what will come after my dance career? How can I earn a living apart from dance? How can I develop an idea for my career? What skills do I have? What can I do with them, and what do I want to do? What can I do in the future that will stimulate and excite me in the same way as dance?

The workshop also offers necessary factual information for starting a new career. All stage dancers are welcome,whether freelance or with a long term contract in a theater. Themes: discovering your own skills and interests, developing visions for the future as well as concrete plans, learning from the experiences of others and creating a network. It is also possible to have an individual consultation at the end of the workshop.

Workshop directed by: Katrin Kolo, (certified economist), dancer, choreographer and business consultant, founder of arts-in-business, cofounder of Transition-in-Dance in Munich. Heike Scharpff, Project coordinator for Stiftung TANZ transition centre Germany, registered psychologist, theater director, drama and theater therapist.

Dates: 5th and 6th of November 2017 im Mousonturm Frankfurt (each workshop lasts around six hours)

Costs: 50,- € /per participant (The Stiftung-TANZ will cover the train costs – with BahnCard 50/early booking price/Bahncard 25).

With the generous support and cooperation of the dance platform Rhein-Main!


The INFORMATICA FEMINALE will take place from the 7th to the 25th of August 2017 for female students in all types of colleges and all subjects as well as women with an interesting in continuing education. The program will offer around 70 courses on themes related to engineering and informatics such as beginning to study / fundamentals / special themes. The contents will be completely up-to-date and interdisciplinary.

Themes we consider particularly interesting for transitioning dancers are marked with (!):
– Materials
– Matter and energy flows
– Modeling and analyzing data
– Managing patents
– Programming
– Flexible software development
– Web-Technologies
– Data protection and security
– Robotics and technical networks
– Databank systems
– Betriebssysteme
– Project and quality management (!)
– Writing and presentation techniques (!)
– Negotiation and management strategies (!)
– Communication and intercultural competence (!)
– Social activities (Networking, Party, Exkursions) (!)

It is also possible to visit individual lectures or workshops at the INFORMATICA FEMINALE!

The mostly bilingual (german-english) summer program is in its 20th season and is also geared towards foreign students, who can be supported with travel bursaries.

The organizers will arrange free child-care for children up to 12 years old. Information about free child care:…

INFORMATICA FEMINALE is recognized as educational leave in Bremen, Niedersachsen and Berlin (see the article on „educational leave“ below). This means that employees from these states will be allowed to take part in this event.

Participant fees:
35.00 € (students and unemployed women)
35.00 € per day for working women…

Register by 20th of July 2017


Adapted source from 16.5.17 at 10:30 a.m.: ibid

Educational Leave

Training or educational leave is a special form of holiday which serves the purpose of continuing education whether professionally, politically, or with general themes. It covers five additional days per year, which do NOT count as part of the regular annual vacations.

Educational leave allows the freedom to dedicate five days of the year to personal education. The costs are split between the employee (seminar fees), and the employer (continued pay). IMPORTANT: While the contents of workplace training are largely determined by the employer, employees can chose the theme of their educational leave themselves.

Specific regulations differ from state to state.
A first orientation at:…

Adapted info-source from 16.5.2017 at 5:00 p.m.: ibid

State support for parents 

Mothers and fathers — as well as dancers, who will soon become parents — can find important information at:…

Many parents are unaware, for instance, that they can first apply for an income-dependent parents’ allowance after the birth of their children. The same applies for the set-rate child allowance. Maternity/paternity leave, on the other hand, which should be take during the infant’s first three years, must be reported to the employer seven weeks before it starts.

Important for future mothers, who will under go training: legal protection for mothers is also relevant for you!

Quoted info source, accessed on 10.7.2017 at 8:00 p.m.: ibid

Bayerischen Versorgungskammer now available in English! 

The following major themes for the Bayerische Versorgungskammer can be researched in english:

– membership and insurance, leaflet 10
– subsidizing contributions in the Retirement Income Act, leaflet 15
– further insurance, leaflet 20
– special regulations for dancers, leaflet 23
– voluntary subsidies, leaflet 24


Psychological Aspects of Transition, Part IV: Need for Freedom and Security

Besides an evaluation of one’s own interests and abilities, an important aspect of the search for a new career plan is the question of wants and needs. What do I need to live a happy life? What sort of professional engagement has the framework which will most meet my demands? What was always missing in my career that my new path could fulfill?

It is not uncommon for these questions to bring up wishes which seem to contradict each other, such as the need for freedom at the same time as security (especially for those who have a family). How should one try and satisfy these competing needs?

One useful way to deal with such contradictory needs is the model of the inner team (as developed by Friedemann Schulz von Thun, Hal und Sidro Stone: Voice Dialogue, among others). The concept which finds its expression here is that wie consist of many partial personalities which come to the forefront in different situations. These team members can be particularly well identified in times of discord and uncertainty. Conflicting arguments can be attached to different partial personalities which are individual to each person. There is frequently an inner `critic’ and a freedom loving part, a proud part (the inner diva), and a fearful part. When a career idea is being considered, each of these parts will have an opinion. From a psychological perspective, decisions will only be viable if each part of the personality bears a part in carrying it through. It is sometimes necessary to make a sort of “deal“. If the critical part plans to become a teacher, for instance, the freedom loving part will sabotage these plans until it is promised further artistic work or regular adventurous travels as compensation. The fearful part will probably be in agreement because teaching offers protection and security. The diva, on the other hand, will panic because her only opportunity to perform is in the classroom; it is therefore a good idea to placate her by giving her a challenging project in the school theater or volunteering to organize a festival. With awareness of these different aspects it is possible to make responsible decisions without running into trouble.

In this way, it is possibly to integrate and satisfy needs which at first seem completely contradictory. If this doesn’t happen, there is a great risk of blockage. I am therefore of the opinion that it is extremely important to engage and befriend all the different aspects of your personality with honesty during the time of your transition. All and each belong to your complete personality and cannot be ignored. It is exactly those parts of the personality which we would rather not admit to which will sabotage important steps until they are integrated.

after: Schulz von Thun, Friedemann: Talking with each other3: Inner Team und Situation Appropriate Communication. Rowohlt-TB 1998, 25. Aufl. 2016
Stone, Hal und Sidra: You are Many. Heyne-TB 1994

(Text by Heike Scharpff)

Little job description: Pedagog for the Blind

Pedagogs for the blind are specialized in the limitations of the blind and seeing impaired in all age groups. Their field of application is diverse. The can assist by day to day procedures of all kinds, work in any institutions and establishments for the blind or seeing impaired, in public service, or work independently as an advisor for special groups for the bind and seeing impaired.

„The training plan contains, apart from philosophical questioning concerning the perception and reality construction of the blind, such aspects as orientation and mobility, early support, practical skills, modern communication technologies, the Braille alphabet, and opthalmology.“

Pedagogy for the blind can be studied in Germany in either a Bachelor’s or Master’s program at such colleges as: Marburg University, Humboldt University Berlin, Pedagogical College Heidelberg, Dortmund University and Hamburg University. All the above mentioned universities have an N.C. for pedagogy for the blind, which increases the lack of teachers. It is of course also possible to train as a special pedagog, healing pedagog, pedagog for the disabled, rehabilitating pedagog or at a career school as social care worker and afterwards continue one’s training as a pedagog for the blind.
Dance pedagogics can also undergo continued training as a pedagog for the blind through a course of certification or postgraduate studies.

Eberhard Fuchs, the president of the German Association for the Blind and Seeing Impaired, predicted the lack of pedagogics for the blind ten years ago. The work market for pedagogics for the blind was already fantastic at the time. This was confirmed for 2017 and the future by employees of the German Museum for the Blind, with whom we spoke personally on 22th of June 2017 while researching this story.

Master’s in Pedagogy for the Blind and Seeing Impaired:

Course of Certification in Fundamentals for Blindness and the Seeing Impaired,

Pedagogy for the Blind as part of the Special Pedagogy at HU Berlin:…

Integrative educational therapy at the University of Hamburg:…

Information about the German Museum for the Blind at:

We would like to thank the Deutsche Blinden-Museum e.V. for all information!

Cited source from 23.6.2017 at 1:00 p.m.:…

Indirectly cited source: Mr. Hentschel of the German Museum for the Blind on 22.6.2017

The advanced training premiums of the employment agency

Since 1th of August 2016, re-educators have the advantage that they can receive advanced training premiums if they have successfully completed at least two years’ training with intermediate or final examinations:

“The premium for passing the interim test is € 1,000. The prerequisite is that an interim examination is laid down in the respective professional codes or training regulations. In the case of occupations with an extended final examination (for example in the field of industrial metalworking and electrical engineering), the first part of the final examination is considered as an intermediate test for the premium payment.

The premium for the final examination is € 1,500. In order to receive the award, you must provide proof of the successful completion of an intermediate and final examination (for example, by presenting a copy of the certificate) to your agency.”


Quoted info source, retrieved on 12.7.2017 at 9:00 p.m.: ibid

Summer time at the Stiftung TANZ 

The office works from 24th of July 2017 to 31th of August 2017 with shortened opening hours. The details, please refer to our online absence notes in due course.

Thank you and all of you a relaxing season and summer break!

Best regards,

Sabrina Sadowska & Inka Atassi as well as Heike Scharpff & Andrea Thomas