Newsletter May

IOTPD Annual Assembly 2017 / Berlin

From 26 to 28.5.2017, the Stiftung TANZ will host the annual assembly of the IOTPD (International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers) in Berlin.
We are looking forward to the professional exchange with our international colleagues, and to an enjoyable time together!
For more information visit:

Transition Counseling Day / Hamburg

Heike Scharpff (Dipl.-Psych.) offers a transition counseling day on 16.5.2017 from 11 am until 5 pm in Hamburg.

Individual counseling sessions will be possible throughout the day. All sessions are free and confidential.

Event location: Kampnagel Hamburg / Jarrestraße 20 / 22303 Hamburg

To register, contact:

K3 – center of choreographie – has made this day possible through their organizational support. Thank you!

Transition Lectures and Individual Counseling / Chemnitz

On 8.6.2017 from 13:00 to 18:00, a lecture on the theme of transition with a possibility for individual Counseling afterwards, also with Heike Scharf (Dipl.-Psych.)

The lecture offers an introduction to various aspects of transitioning, including:
–options for future training,
–personal reorientation,
– self-coaching and

Individual counseling sessions will be available after the lecture until approximately 18:00. All sessions will be free and confidential.

Event location: Städtische Theater Chemnitz gGmbH, Opernhaus, Theaterplatz, 09111 Chemnitz

Kost of participation: none

To participate, contact :

The organization of the event is made possible by the state theater Chemnitz GmbH. Thanks!

2 Research Scholarships / Cologne 

… at the Research Center for Dance Studies at the Conservatory of Music and Dance and the German Dance Archive in Cologne for one national (Stip I) and one international (Stip II) doctor or doctoral candidate whose research concerns gender specific questions or methodological approach.

Each scholarship recipient will receive 1, 500.00 € for a time period of four to six weeks (between Oct Jan. or April June, beginning in 2017). A necessary condition to receive the funding is that the scholarship recipient live in Cologne during this time.
Application deadline: 30.5.2017
Required documents:
– Research Exposé (3-10 Pages)
– CV with list of publications
– Information concerning institutional connections
– completed application form (available at:
For further information, visit:…
Adapted and/or cited source, abgerufen am 26.4.17 um 11:30: ebenda

Psychological Aspects of Transition II: Self-Efficacy Beliefs

Self confidence, self reliance, self efficacy: many similar terms with similar meanings. „Psychologists defined self-efficacy beliefs as a person’s conviction that they can manage difficult situations and challenges through their own strength. The term was first used by the American psychologist Albert Bandura in 1977“ (citation:…

A person with high expectations of self-efficacy approaches difficult situations with courage. He or she believes, that he/she can influence the world, rather than seeing exterior conditions, other people, coincidence, luck, or other uncontrollable factors as the cause. The quality of self-efficacy is obviously very helpful through the transition. But what do you do, if weren’t born with it? Albert Bandura, the inventor of the concept, has good news: you can increase your own self-efficacy beliefs through intentional training, so that you be more confident in your future.
This can happen in four ways:

1. Through successes: These lead naturally to increased self-efficacy. It is therefore recommended to take pride in your accomplishments and celebrate them appropriately. Besides artistic successes, it is important to approach new and fear-invoking situations. Decisions you reach on your own can also lead to increased self-efficacy. (For this reason, there are dancers who intuitively prefer to initiate the decision to end their career. Yet it is important to consider such a shift thoroughly and strategically. Only then can the decision be strengthening.)

2. Observing mentors, who should be as similar to oneself as possible – According to Bandura, it raises self-efficacy to observe the success of similar people. This explains the encouraging effect of positive tradition stories (you can find these regularly on our Facebook site).

3. The influence of caregivers – Encouragement from others, in terms of „I know you can do it,“ increases the self-efficacy. Yet social groups. according to Bandura, can also negatively influence self-efficacy. It is important to protect yourself from negative opinions (by revealing your developing ideas about transition only to trustworthy people, for instance). You should deliberately seek out supportive people.

4. Interpretation of emotions and impressions — Emotions and impressions are often viewed as signs of failure in stressful situations. But they can also be re-interpreted as joyful signs of excitement.

Through deliberate practice and adjusted focus on these four points, you can develop your own self-efficacy beliefs, follow through on the challenging steps of the transition, and complete them.


(SWR2 Wissen: Selbstwirksamkeit, von Ingrid Strobl. Internetfassung von Ralf Kölbel und Maren Walter. Stand: 4.11.2015, 15.31 Uhr)…

(Article: Heike Scharpff)

Occupations: Teacher at a public school 

Teachers are currently a scarce commodity. This applies for all school forms, including
• Primary school
• Middle school, high school, career schools and
• Schools for children with learning difficulties

and for most subject. The search is now for more than just MINT-subjects (Math,Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology) (as was largely the case for several years), but the lack exists also in music, arts education, and sport, and even in German and foreign languages (including German as a second language) and in career schools for social subject such as care taking.

Education is the responsibility of the individual states. The working conditions, for instance the salary, the weekly number of hours in the classroom, the option for tenure, or the possibility to work part time.

The education of a teacher has two phases. The first phase consists of several years of academic training at a pedagogical academy (PH) or university, ending in the first state exam. The two year practical training phase, the internship, follows more or less automatically. This phase is completed with the second state exam. Upon completion, one receives the qualification to teach at primary level, secondary level I or II, or even for the career schools and schools for children with learning difficulties. ONLY teachers who have completed the second state exam are certified as teachers and are payed accordingly (generally TVÖD 13/A 12) and automatically or per commission tenured. This is not insignificant for the future pension.

On account of this shortage of teachers, nearly all German states are searching for so called In other words, graduates with an MA in Education or pedagogy or an MA in a subject which is part of the canon of pubic schools (such as Mathematics, Geography, German, Kinesiology, etc) can apply for work in a school. During their trial, the trainee can work on a side job parallel to their work as a part-time teacher vor one or two years (depending on the state). Until their full time teacher qualification, the successful completion of the second state exam, in other words (since there are also „just“ certificate courses), the salary will be reduced (generally TVÖD 11).

The occupation of teacher in a public school is to our knowledge not possible for graduates with a BA.

EU citizens with the necessary qualifications and sufficient knowledge of German (at least C-1) can also apply for positions in schools!

Detailed information for Sachsen, Berlin, MeckPom, Bayern, Hessen at :…………
Supporting dancers in transition trough online-shopping!

Whenever you buy at amazon via ‘‘, 0.5% of the price (16.- 29. may 2017 even: 1,5%!!!) of your qualified are passed on to Stiftung TANZ.

Here’s the


Of course you can also choose another organization, but we hope you support with your purchases dancers * in transition

Of course all purchases will be anonymized.

Adapted information-source, retrieved on 3.5.2017

* Foundation TANZ does not apply with this posting the above-called online platform, but asks for donations through purchases.