The dance education programme in the North Karelia College in Outokumpu and Dialogue Dance school, Kostroma, Russia
As part of the Finnish-Russian dance exchange programme, the dance education programme in the North Karelia College in Outokumpu and Dialogue Dance school from Kostroma, Russia, organized mutual visits during this autumn.
During one week Finnish dance educators were teaching workshops in Kostroma, and later Russian teachers were invited for a week to Outokumpu to teach local Finnish students.
The Finnish dance pedagogues Katarina Vähäkallio and Elina Ikonen were teaching Russian students somatic movement and dance therapy. Both pedagogues admitted, that in Dialogue Dance school they found very cozy and friendly atmosphere. Students were motivated and ready to sink into the somatic dance practice. The artistic director of the Kostroma school, Ivan Estegneev, pointed that the workshops by Finnish educators attracted not only students from Kostroma but also from other towns, such as Kirov, Yaroslavl and Vologda.
During their week in Outokumpu, Ivan Estegneev and Maria Kachalkova from Russia were teaching the first year dance students. There is a future plan for developing learning processes and cultural exchange between the two schools.
The teachers’ exchange will continue, and the aim is to have Dialogue Dance work on a project with Outokumpu students in order to create a new piece that could be shown both in Outokumpu and Kostroma.