The integrative project ROMANY DANCE SCHOOL is unique in Western Europe.
In 2006, it was initiated by the Berlin artist Katjusha Kozubek in Switzerland, and is still managed and financed by her.
About 35 years, the successful singer, dancer and actress with Roma roots has performed at home and abroad.
In addition to her stage work, she extends her experiences to artistic craft and cosmopolitan life philosophy with the Romany Dance School project; here she presents authentic Romani folk and stage dances from around the world, along with the traditional Eastern European music theatre arts, singing and storytelling of the Roma. Always presented in conjunction with the special territorial history, culture and religion of the Roma minority.
Also on the Romany Dance School program are the related Dances of Indian Kalbelya, Hungarian, Serbian, Romanian, Andalusian, Polish, Russian Roma dances. But the centre of study for the stage dances of the Polish and Russian Roma.
The Dance School Is taught mainly in two places - Berlin's Ufa-Fabrik and in Zurich's Center for Oriental Dance - and as individual workshops, dance projects and the popular school seasons.
With the "GYPSY DANCE CARAVAN - program" the teachers go on trips. They perform, talk about their lives in the Roma culture and that of others. This is presented in Germany, Switzerland, Poland ...and soon in Austria and the UK!
Dance theatre projects involving both Roma and non-Roma together as part of the show promote "normality" in dealing with each other and contribute to the establishment of the Roma culture.
For 5 years with the project, Katjusha Kozubek has organized culture and dance trips to Gorzow in Poland. There takes place every year the Roma Festival "Romane Dyvesa". In addition to dance lessons, the participants experience two gala programs with the best of the international Roma culture scene and the hospitality of Polish Roma families.
Young artists who want to practice the traditional art of dance, get in Romany Dance School project funding, to be integrated or taught in appearances.
Ambitious Roma or Sinti receive instructions on setting up their own dance classes or for creating your own artistic projects.
New from autumn 2013 is the training program for young Roma moderators.
All teachers who teach in the Project Dance School Romany a personal connection to the Roma culture. They are either Roma or even professional Sinti artists or were or are members of Roma music ensembles and have family connections in Roma communities.
Courses are taught in multiple languages and the members of our faculty and student body are increasing all the time, and come from all over the world. They include dance ethnologists, theatre educators, professional dancers, artists and newcomers to the international dance scene; also actors, social workers, cultural mediators...
2012 saw the highlight of the Berlin school program - the Romany Dance Summer School – and for the first time Roma, Sinti
and other dance enthusiasts from Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Mexico, Great Britain, Brazil, Portugal, and Germany came together to study. For any days they celebrated together the art of dance of the Russka and Polska Roma, learned more about the culture that came together this week, learned dances and swapped ideas.
Our teachers and dancers are recommended by agents to promoters and producers.
We also present our own productions such as dance shows and the musical-literary presentation, “Salon Tziganes”.
KATJUSHA Kozubek is since 2012 with her project member of World Artists Initiative "KHETANES".
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