Newsletter one of the Teachers for SwanZ
A project co-funded
by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union
Initiator and coordinator –
“Floria Capsali” Choreography High School, Bucharest, Romania.
Partners – National School of Arts “Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov”, Ruse, Bulgaria; “Attitude Studios – Ballet with Laura”, Vienna, Austria; the Hellenic Union of Romania.
The year 2021 was rich and full of activities for the project co-financed by Erasmus+ Teachers for SwanZ, currently supported by four “ambassadors”, celebrities from the world of dance – Alkis Raftis, president of the International Dance Council – UNESCO, Gigi Căciuleanu, choreographer of Romanian origin and one of the greatest masters of world contemporary dance, Liudmila Konovalova, the first ballerina of the Vienna State Ballet, Austria, and Vessela Vassileva, the first ballerina and artistic director of the Ruse State Opera, Bulgaria.
Briefly, since March, the team has been working intensively on the development of the two educational materials that will be freely available to dance teachers, students and the general public interested.
The students and teachers at the partner dance schools met in the virtual environment for the online dance classes presented by each partner to the other schools. They also participated in a series of workshops coordinated by choreographer Valentina de Piante Niculae, university lecturer at U.N.A.T.C.
Teachers participated in the online environment in training sessions on soft skills and in an intensive workshop focused on the Dalcroze method.
Now, when the project has turned one year old and we are approaching the winter holidays, the “Teachers for SwanZ” team of the “Floria Capsali” Choreography High School wants to send to all partners from Austria, Bulgaria and Romania, to their colleagues from the Romanian high schools in the field, to the supporters and friends of this initiative who are in the country or on other meridians, wishes for success and inspiration in everything they propose, with the conviction that, by uniting our thoughts and efforts, we can support the path of today’s students to the great stages of the world in the coming years, we can carry forward with distinction and dedication the tradition of ballet and dance schools in our region.
Looking back at the first year:
1 December 2020.
The „Floria Capsali” Choreography High School of Bucharest (the Choreography High School “Floria Capsali”), as initiator, starts the implementation of the „Teachers for SwanZ” project (2020-1-RO01-KA202-080171), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and good practices, strategic partnerships for vocational education and training.
18 December 2020.
First official meeting with the project partners, on Zoom:
– National School of Arts Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov (National School of Arts “Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov”) of Ruse (Bulgaria);
– Attitude Studios – Ballet with Laura” (Attitude Studios) of Vienna (Austria);
– The Hellenic Union of Romania (The Hellenic Union of Romania).
22 January 2021.
Designation of four project ambassadors, one celebrity from the ballet and dance world proposed by each partner:
Gigi Căciuleanu, Romanian choreographer living in France, one of the greatest masters of world contemporary dance; the message sent by Gigi Căciuleanu at the project start:
“The dance I love is a reflection of the mysterious inner abyss into the countless dimensions of the soul..
It does not only appeal to the eye, but, perhaps even more, to the vibrations of the heart.
A dance inextricably bound to the verb… That verb from which everything started… Which IS, was and WILL BE. A thought written in movement sap on the void wall…
Let’s do so together in a way that the swan’s dance, unlike its song, might always be a wonderful urge to start a new journey..
Liudmila Konovalova, prima ballerina of the State Ballet in Vienna, Austria, collaborator of Attitude Studios;
Alkis Raftis, president of the International Dance Council – UNESCO, president of the Dora Stratou Theatre and Dance Company of Athens, Greece;
Vessela Vassileva, prima ballerina and artistic director of the State Opera, Ruse, Bulgaria.
Deciding on the visual identity elements of the project.
31 January 2021.
Selection of the project participants – teachers, dance instructors and pupils – using questionnaires elaborated by the project team. As far as concerns teachers’ participation, two distinct groups were created – 1. ballet/ dance teachers and 2. persons teaching other subjects in dance schools.
7 February 2021.
Elaboration of short films presenting every entity involved in the project. You can see them on YouTube:
(Floria Capsali Choreography High School, Bucharest)
(Ballet with Laura – Attitude Studios Vienna)
(National School of Arts Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov, Ruse)
(the Hellenic Union of Romania)
21 – 26 February 2021.
Deciding on the media partners of the project:
5 – 6 March 2021.
Teambuilding with the teachers/ dance instructors, establishing of the working group that will elaborate the Teachers for SwanZ training of trainers’ manual for dance teachers.
12 March 2021.
Teambuilding with persons teaching general culture subjects in the participant schools, creation of the non-dans working group, that will elaborate the interdisciplinary brochure “Mini – Guide of Movement”.
18 March 2021.
Online class presented to all partners by the Floria Capsali Choreography High School. Teachers – Claudiu Staicu (traditional Romanian dance), Mădălina Mechenici (character dance), Simona Paraschivu (contemporary dance), Diana Zăvălaș (ballet pianist, project manager).
25 – 26 March 2021.
First working meetings of the dance and non – dance teachers, on Zoom.
2 April 2021.
Online ballet class presented by Laura Cristinoiu, artistic director of Attitude Studios Vienna. The pupils from Ruse, Bucharest and the Hellenic Union of Romania worked together with the pupils from Vienna, following the teacher’s explanations and demonstration.
12 April 2021.
Participation in the online conference on “Dance Education in Romania”, organized by the Hellenic Union of Romania and the International Dance Council – UNESCO.
15 April and 12 May 2021.
Two training sessions on Diversity an Intercultural Dialogue, held by Rodica Precupețu, collaborator of the Floria Capsali Choreography High School. Participants – dance and non-dans teachers from all the teams involved in the project.
22 April 2021.
Online ballet class presented by the National School of Arts Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov, Ruse, Bulgaria. Teacher – Denitsa Ancheva, with the support of Tania Borisova.
29 April 2021.
Messages transmitted on the occasion of the International Dance Day:
– Diana Zăvălaș, project manager –
– Gigi Căciuleanu –
9 May 2021.
Online class of traditional Greek dances presented by the Hellenic Union of Romania, dedicated to Europe Day. Special guests – Dragoș Gabriel Zisopol, president, and deputy of the Hellenic Union of Romania; Alkis Raftis, president of the International Dance Council – UNESCO.
20 May 2021.
Video messages of the project ambassadors dedicated to the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – 21 May. You can see them on YouTube:
– Gigi Căciuleanu – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UR_f-_w3Xc&t=3s
– Vessela Vassileva – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt8IYL3VZeI&t=4s
-Liudmila Konovalova- Facebook watch
21 and 28 May 2021.
Online ballet classes held by Laura Cristinoiu – Attitude Studios Vienna.
3 June 2021.
Online ballet class held by Stanislava Spasova – the National School of Arts Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov, Ruse.
10 June and 2 July 2021.
Two training sessions on Communication, held by Roxana Amzăr Gheorghe – collaborator of the Hellenic Union of Romania.
17 June 2021.
Online class presented to the partners by teachers from the Floria Capsali Choreography High School – Mădălina Mechenici (character dance), Simona Paraschivu (contemporary dance) and Claudiu Staicu (Romanian traditional dance). Meeting with journalists at the Floria Capsali High School.
July – August 2021.
Elaboration by the teachers involved of the training of trainers manual for the ballet and dance teachers entitled Teachers for SwanZ – first draft of the textbook.
Elaboration by the teachers involved of the brochure Mini – Guide of Movement. First draft of the brochure.
Recording six video classes of traditional Greek dances by the Hellenic Union of Romania – the communities of Bucharest, Ploiești, Brașov, Cluj, Galați and Onești.
19 November 2021.
Intensive workshop with teachers from the Floria Capsali High School focused on the Dalcroze method, a pedagogy emphasizing the essential link between the body movement and musicality.
6 – 10 December 2021.
Workshops coordinated by the choreographer Valentina de Piante Niculae, university lecturer at U.N.A.T.C., with the pupils from the Floria Capsali High School involved in the project.
5 December 2021
A collection of project participants’ photos and opinions – teachers, instructors, and pupils, published by the portal Typologos from Thessaloniki, Greece, and Ballet Magazine, Romania. You can read the opinions of the persons behind the project here:
Messages from our “ambassadors” for pupils and teachers:
Vessela Vassileva –
Liudmila Konovalova –