From 2016 to 2018 Jaunpils vidusskola along with another 5 national schools are implementing Erasmus + project “Global education for mind and heart”. In autumn of 2016 we took part in the 1st stage of the project in Poland where there were raised the issues of employment, unemployment, education, career possibilities and job-searching skills. The 2nd stage is going to be implemented in Jaunpils, Latvia. Our theme is dance – its influence on mental and physical health.
In Jaunpils people have always danced, there are deep and beautiful traditions of dance that are inherited from generation to generation. There dance people of different ages – from the very little ones (a dance group “Pilskundziņi”) to the mature ones like those in the middle – age dance group “Jaunpils” and a dance group of the ladies club “Vīgriezes”.
“Dance teaches us to be true, free and creative. It enhances self-confidence and pleasure. It releases stress, tiredness and gives us energy. Therefore such a project is very important and topical”, said the headmaster of Jaunpils vidusskola Jānis Liepiņš in his allocution to the teachers of Jaunpils vidusskola informing about the implementation of the 2nd stage of the project this spring.
Looking at the actions in the school plan of the 2nd term it is clear that we are going to dance a lot, to do the research on the history of dance and its traditions in the project partnership countries, as well as we are going to meet interesting people who implement themselves in the art of dance.
On 3 March there was organised Movement Day at school which gave an opportunity to each class to present their performance and show their creativity, co-operation skill, sportiness and attractiveness.
On 4 March the aerobics groups of Jaunpils vidusskola took part in Saldus Dance Festival performing their compositions and watching the performances of the other groups, as well as they took part in a dance masterclass with Sergejs Karžaņecs.
On 31 March in Jaunpils vidusskola there will be played ball dance music because 5-7 class pupils will perform the dances they will have learned during three months of the preparation time for the competition “Zelta Kurpīte 2017” (Golden Shoe 2017) in which there will be an opportunity to see the performances of slow waltz and cha-cha-cha by individual pairs. At this event we are also meeting dancers from the sports dance clubs “SARA” and “SALDUS” and their leader Aleksandrs Aļošins – a sports dance teacher. On the same day the little dancers of Jaunpils vidusskola are going to present our school at a folk dance concert “Zemgales bļoda” in Slampe.
On 28 April in Jaunpils Castle there is being organised a movement festival “Jaunpils 2017”. It is special because of the fact that alongside the dance compositions there is thought about the environment-friendly and healthy entertainment for both children and adults. Furthermore, the theme of the environment and ecology is going to be highlighted also in the performances. The head of the marketing of environmental organisation “Zaļā josta” Laima Kubliņa points out, “Asking the dancers to make the movement performance related to the environment, we hope to put the emphasis on the current environmental problems and look for the solutions thus encouraging pupils to think of the beauty, uniqueness and fragility of nature.” On the festival day in the yard of Jaunpils castle there will be available a free stage, creative workshops, environment – friendly entertainment activities and games. Participants will have an opportunity to go on an excursion in and around the castle and its neighbourhood.
In the Festival “Jaunpils 2017” there are invited to participate dance groups with four-minute-long performances in one of the movement arts (aerobics, fashion dance, rhythm dance, costume theatre etc.) or in environment performance proposed by “Zaļā josta”.
On 7 May we are meeting guests from Poland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Turkey to implement the 2nd stage of the project “Global education for mind and heart 2016 – 2019”, which is related to dance art.