The past 6 days have been an inspirational whirlwind! On
Wednesday, April 27, all of the dancers came together for the
first time in Sarajevo!
After 3 long but fun days of rehearsals, our first performance
in Sarajevo was a great success.
On Saturday we all traveled by train together from Sarajevo to
Mostar for our 2nd performance at the National Theater.
The turnout was FANTASTIC and the feedback was all incredibly
positive, supportive and encouraging!
On the train back from Mostar today, I had a moment to sit down
and talk to the Belgrade dancers about their experiences so far.
They were all sad to be leaving Mostar so soon but were looking
forward to coming back again. They were also very excited to
host the Mostar and Sarajevo dancers next weekend and to show
them their Belgrade. While talking about their experiences, the
whole train car burst into tears as they expressed how
liberating this project was for them because they were able to
make their own choreography and to make new friendships.
Obviously the dancing and performances are an important part of
the project. The bonding that is taking place outside of the
project is even more important.
While stranded in Konjic for one hour on our way to Mostar, the
dancers were already starting to plan projects that they could
implement in the future.
Also, while some dancers were at first hesitant to host the
visiting dancers, they had a change of heart after a few days of being
together. One of our Mostar dancers even offered to host all of
the Belgrade dancers so they could stay an extra night in
Despite the rain, the dancers spent their day exploring the old
town and were even able to catch the divers jumping off of the
famous old bridge. Later that evening they all ended up playing
Pictionary together in one of the Mostar dance studios.
Next Saturday we will perform in Belgrade for our last
performance. I have included a few photos below from our Mostar
performance and I will be sending you the videos of the
Thank you from all of the dancers!!