DANCE, WORD AND PICTURE PROJECT – CONTEMPORARY DANCE WORKSHOPS
The Belgrade Dance Institute continues a series of free workshops for Roma children as part of the Dance, Word and Picture project. Professor Ognjen Vučinić held a workshop on contemporary dance at the Branko Pešić Elementary School with Roma children as well as with migrant children who are included in the formal education system of the Republic of Serbia.
The Dance, Word and Picture workshops were initiated by the Belgrade Dance Institute, which are realized through a series of free workshops on contemporary dance, creative writing and painting, which are intended for Roma children in primary and secondary education. The workshops are being realized at the Belgrade Dance Institute (Bulevar vojvode Mišića 43). The partner in the realization of the project is the Cultural and Educational Center Šid and the Association of Professional Ballet Dancers, Choreographers and Ballet Teachers of Serbia. The project is supported by the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue and the School of Engineering Management.
The Association of the Belgrade Dance Institute recognized the need for the realization of this project based on the work done so far in the field of art education, in which a very small number of Roma children are represented. During the seven years of work and organization of master classes, open doors, free workshops, we have not had Roma students so far.
Our goal is to enable the participation of female Roma children who do not have the same rights and freedoms in their community, by promoting the possibility of free expression in the field of art and especially working to encourage and strengthen the self-confidence of participants.
The program is led by professors with many years of work experience in their field: Ognjen Vučinić (contemporary dance), Prof. dr Miomir Petrović (creative writing) and Prof. dr Snežana Arnautović Stjepanović (painting).