Just a bit of information in relation to our twinning events.
Wicklow is twinned with Montigny in France, Portmadog in Wales and just recently Eichenzell in Germany. It is the aim of the Twinning committies to forge links between young people within different European countries and cultures, creating friendships, travel opportunities and learning experiences through which the young people can grow and learn from. 2010 was the official European year of inclusion - 2011 is the official year of volunteering.
In July 2010, the FYI Dance Club was asked to send 4 senior dancers to Romania to take part in 10 days of activities and sight seeing with other young people from France, Germany, England and Romania. We spent the time rehearsing for a performance as part of "Europe en Scene" (an annual event for young people of Europe) which was attended by our own mayor and filmed for local (Romanian) television. We spent the afternoons sight -seeing and getting to know the other participants, many whom are still in contact via facebook with our 4 senior students.
My interest in participating in these events is to provide inexpensive travel (our entertainment, transport, meals and accomodation are provided for by the host town) for our young people of Wicklow thus broadening their first-hand knowledge of other cultures; creating friendships and acquaintances between different cultures and countries; providing performance opportunities outside of Wicklow; building confidence in general and in interacting with other young people.
In may 2011, 10 FYI dance club students will get to travel to Montigny, France to participate in the celebrations of the end of WW2. After meeting and making connections with the Montigny delegates while in Romania, an invitation was extended to myself to bring a group of young people to France to take part in these celebrations. What an opportunity! I jumped at the chance! I informed my senior students (aged 12 +) and provided information and permission slips to any student who is interested. Today, Wednesday 16th February, I will be picking the names out of a hat (or bag) in front of the Streetdance class (as my witness). After I have informed the lucky students (who will then have to give up the next 7 or 8 saturdays for rehearsals!!) I will post the names on the blog. Good luck to all!!
Note: Wicklow will host the Eurpean En Scene event in July 2011. Watch for anyfurther