Handbook on existing schemes for career transition of dancers (2011)

This handbook is the result of the EuroFIA project “Transition Schemes for Dancers: Developing Career Transition and Life-long Learning Schemes to Offer Long-Term Career Opportunities to Dancers after Retirement from Performing” which set out to map the needs of FIA member unions in this area, and gain a better understanding of the career trajectories of dancers in Europe and how transition schemes could maximise these.

The primary focus of the project was to produce a handbook compiling and analysing data and information collected through desk research and a survey of EuroFIA members, carried out by project consultant Richard Polacek. Twenty-two trade unions from twenty European countries, participated in the survey.

Based on the data and information drawn from this mapping, a review of relevant national and international resources on dancers’ transitions, as well as the discussions and exchanges at the project seminar in Berlin, the present handbook has been drafted to bring together the key elements for consideration in relation to successfully putting in place transition schemes for dancers.

Find the handbook (pdf, 2011) in English, French, Spanish and Russian on fia-actors.com.

International Symposium Dance(s) and Ritual(s)

Deadline: 15 August 2020

Contribute to the Centre National de la Danse symposium

Can dance be perceived as a ritual? How are ritualised actions created in dance practices? What are their qualities, or singularities? What effects do they produce? In what way can referring to a rite enlighten, modify or displace dance practices?


Neustart Kultur

Various deadlines!

Emergency funding opportunity in Germany

Neustart Kultur, an initiative of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, will provide 20 million Euro emergency funding for the German dance scene, complementing existing federal and state funding programmes while avoiding overcompensation


Residency at K3 Hamburg

Deadline: 12 August 2020

K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg provides three eight-month residencies per season to choreographers - the call for proposal for the season 2021/2022 is now open.


Europe beyond Access

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?


Rescue the arts

Plea to national governments

In the face of the crisis, together with IETM, Circostrada, ETC and In Situ, we call on the national governments to take measures to safeguard the long-term viability of the cultural sector.


Audience Development toolkit

October 2019

Practical guidance to dance organisations

Aerowaves and audience development expert Heather Maitland have compiled an Audience Development toolkit to give practical guidance to dance organisations, using international research and case studies from Aerowaves partners.