Newsletter November

Transition Lecture and Individual Counseling

On November 16, 2017, Heike Scharf (certified psychologist) was speaking with Dance Company of Staatstheater Mainz on the theme of transition and offered the company individual counseling sessions. These sessions were free and confidential.

We would like to thank Staatstheater Mainz for their generous support!

Stiftung TANZ at the 8th Berlin Foundation Day

Thanks to the organizers and to all interlocutors for the interesting day in the Rotes Rathaus!

On Friday, 17th of November 2017, about 100 of the approximately 930 non-profit foundations in berlin and region* met for exchange and networking. Interesting: “Only 6% of Berlin’s foundations have over 1 million in endowment capital, and older men are the most involved.” **

Inka Atassi (Founder and Deputy CEO) and Andrea Thomas (Employee of the Stiftung TANZ) received interesting impressions in exchange with other Foundation representatives and important suggestions for further foundation work at various lectures.

Dates for 2018 here:

* Quoted source, retrieved on 11/19/2017 at 13:45:…/2017/11/BST-2017-PM
** Inka Atassi: Founder and Deputy CEO, TANZ Foundation, 8th Berlin Foundation Day, 11/17/2017

Transition Basics Workshop Developing Visions in Frankfurt M.
… for dancers with no 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: 3th of December 2017 / 11 am – 8 pm
Registration please until 22th of November 2017 with:
Costs: € 50
The Stiftung-TANZ will cover the train costs with BahnCard 50/early booking price/Bahncard 25.

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

Transition Counseling Day within K2 Kampnagel in Hamburg 

Heike Scharpff (certified psychologist) is offering a day of transition counseling in Hamburg on 7th of December, 2017 from 12:30 am. until approximately 6 pm. Individual counseling sessions, which are free and confidential, will be available throughout the above mentioned time period.Event location: Kampnagel Hamburg / Jarrestraße 20 / 22303 Hamburg
Register by 30th of November, 2017 at:

The organization of this counseling day is made possible through the support of K3 – Choreographic Centre| Tanzplan Hamburg. Thanks!

sozioK_change 2018
Development Program through the Stiftung Niedersachsen
This development program will support selected socio-cultural organizations over the course of three years with 25.000 €, consulting services and opportunities for furthered education. Participants will receive professional advice for the following questions, as well as for implanting constant, ongoing changes to the structure of their organization:

– Do you want prepare your organization for the future?
– Does it need new impulse, new target group or new formats?
– Is a generational shift imminent?
– Are you still seeking a connection to the digital world?
– Do you want to strengthen your institution’s intercultural network?

Prerequisites for application are an active trade concept with clearly defined goals, which forms the basis of the application.

Application deadline: 5th of January 2018
Time line for the selection process:
Personal discussion:
January to April/2018 * Jury selection: End of April/2018 * Start of the program: May/2018

Adapted Info Source from 10/18/2017 at 12:30: ibid

The Federal Association for Operational Health Management e.V.(BBGM)

… recommends a certified program for further career training in two training levels, which can be attended in Leipzig, Solingen or Sulzbach-Rosenberg.
1. Specialist in operational health management (4 modules)
2. Operational health manager (3 modules)

Start 1.: March 2018 / Exam 1.: June 2018
Start 2.: June 2018 / Exam 2.: September 2018

Costs incl. exam fees: € 3.170

Up to 50% of the costs can be financed through ESF-Fond and additional certificates are available through the employment agency!

All details to BGM program at:

Betrieblicher_Gesundheitsmanager_Information.pdfRelated information from our previous newsletters:

Improved financial support with premium voucher since 1th of July 2017!

+ Premiums for further education through the employment agency:
Cited and adapted info source from 10/20/2017 at 20:30:

Do dancers have more self control?
Text by: Madeline Schock, 10/03/2017

We’re always thrilled when science confirms yet another benefit of dance. Now, the latest research from the University of Kansas (abstract retrieved on 10/22/2017 at 11:30: is giving us one more reason to pat ourselves on the back: A surprising new study suggests that exercise may increase self-control—like the ability to make healthier food choices, avoid temptations (like that $200 pair of shoes you know you don’t need) and make smarter life decisions.

While the research involved walkers and joggers, it easily translates to other types of physical activity. Yes, we mean dancing. According to the study, the more you exercise, the more self-control you have. That means dancers, whose daily grind involves class, rehearsals and cross-training, likely have a lot of self-control.

Still, it gets better: This positive side effect of exercise seemed to stick around for a month after research participants lessened their physical activity. For dancers, that means you can probably obsess less about what happens during breaks and layoffs. Sure, you may ease up on your diet and exercise regimen during time off, but the self-control gained from all those company classes and yoga sessions will stick with you.

While researchers aren’t yet sure exactly why exercise increases self-control, this is just one more reason to keep pushing through your taxing rehearsals. You’re becoming a better dancer, a healthier person and you’re building up mental stamina to make wise choices in and outside of the studio. It’s a win-win-win.

IN: Dance Magazine 11/2017, accessed on 10/22/2017 at 11:00:

Little job describtion: Automobile salesman

Dancers have a lot to offer in sales, which is important in this diverse and demanding occupational field, but nevertheless not self-evident: charisma and style, aesthetic sensitivity, sensitivity, flexibility, multilingualism, intercultural competence, flexibility.

The globally very successful German automotive industry is constantly looking for talents for sales and offers very good development opportunities. This also from the point of view that the industry due to modern technologies such as electromobility and navigation technology is very strong and very innovative. Information with the keywordAutomobile salesman can be found at the IHK of the respective place of residence or the companies, such as:

Normally, training as a car salesman takes three years.
But for some companies, such as Mercedes Benz, you can qualify within a year to a certified car salesman. Prerequisite for this well-founded, company-oriented compact training in the areas mentioned above: commercial, marketing and psychology is that you then actually act in the sales of the company.

This means that at the beginning of the qualification, a contract with a recruitment option will be entered, which not only opens up a promising career perspective in the individual sales divisions, but also provides financial security. Already during the apprenticeship one is employed and can recommend himself so focused for sales tasks within the company. Applications with the reference “one-year compact training car salesman” are possible at any time. The nationwide branches are happy to advise if you are interested and have questions about the application.

Detailed information on the one-year compact training, for example at Mercedes Benz Berlin:

Vacant places to our knowledge also in Hannover, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

Analyze their own capabilities and potential?

A common issue for stage dancers in transition is to develop an awareness of the profile of professional competencies that they have fostered throughout their careers and turn their gaze towards their abilities and potential.

Initially, visualization (also known as mental maps or MindMaps) can be used to systematically determine why one was so suited for a career as a dancer in the first place. This offers possible indicators for the important first questionWhat inner drive lead me to focus on this career, to learn it, and then finally to work in this field?

Having created this overview, it is usually difficult to avoid the realization that it should be possible to experience the many positive emotions which are connected with being a dancer — such as the joy of dancing, of intense physical work, being present on the stage and the recognition from the public — in other fields as well.

To find out which, it is sensible with the second question to turn to the method of exclusion: Which aspects provided absolutely no enjoyment?(an example could be working at a computer, organization, or simply long periods of sitting). The key words which emerge from these considerations should also be noted in the MindMap, most effectively with a new color. In this way, you become aware of activities which correspond least to your own interests and preferences and produces not positive feelings but rather dissatisfaction. Then you are free to focus on that which has the most relevance! This will save a lot of energy.

Now comes the third questionWhich future occupations could sustainably provide the greatest interest and satisfaction while also offering good career prospects (!)? Answering this, it is important to first note activities such as movement, pleasing others etc. Only then are you ready for the fourth questionWhich branches/career fields/careers can be connected with these activities? This last question will take some research, as there are many careers which have only been developed in recent years and are therefore hardly known, such as operational health manager (see above).

TIP: It is advisable to complete this analysis with at least one person you trust. This way, you will gain more than one perspective of your individual profile of capabilities and potential.

We gladly assist dancers in transition — confidentially and free of cost!

These very user-oriented steps for analysis roughly follow the principles of systematic pedagogy and take into account the Andrea Thomas’ experiences in advising transitioning dancers. She is a staff of the Stiftung TANZ, and is educated as a pedagogue and in science of education.

Inform yourself about careers + find a suitable work culture

With the motto “Be happy and love what you do!“ the non-commercial Austrian platform offers information about careers and work culture.

It also gives you the opportunity to compare your own preferences and career experiences with others, especially non-dancers, and find out what these dancers like about their new career fields.