- Posted April 28, 2014 by
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Gorana Jr. from Bulgarian School "Hr.Botev" in NY, applauded in Chicago
GORANA DANCE & Gorana Jr.from Bulgarian School "Hr.Botev"in NY are not only my work, but my passion and cause in this lifetime!”
Gorana Jr. from Bulgarian School "Hr.Botev"in NY, a youth Bulgarian folk dance ensemble was invited for the first time to take part in the Bulgarian Folk Fest VEREA in Chicago. All students worked hard in the past two months to master their dances, spent extra time performing to fund raise for their first tour to Chicago.Recently, they received shiny, shopski dance costumes, made in Bulgaria and paid with donations from private donors. Students collectively initiated the making of new sweatshirts with the beautiful Gary Hallgren’s art work, made especially for ensemble’s logo. They were recognized for the company look during the festival days in Chicago.
The 16 dancers-students, few parents and their 2 teachers, met at LaGuardia airport for their flight to Chicago on time looking cheerful and excited. Everybody got a small, but delicious, individually packed snacks’ bags for breakfast. The one hour delay of the United Airlines flight did not bring their smiles down.
The “silent” rehearsal in the lobby of the Elk Grove High School next morning before the show, using music played from an I-phone, because other companies were on stage, suddenly became a loud applause in the evening concert. The audience shouted “Bravo! Bravo!” at the end of the “Petrunino horo” - a dance, which is not easy to learn, but certainly exciting to watch. Gorana Jr. grew stronger in the past four years and have the skills today to learn difficult rhythms and complicated patterns.
Gorana Jr.from Bulgarian School "Hr.Botev" in NY is a re-know teen ensemble not only in the NYC, but turned to be the one and during the 4th Intl. Folk Festival VEREA-2014 in Chicago. Gorana Jr. dancers got so many new friends and fans from far. Today, 23 other ensembles from Canada and US know about Gorana Jr., extending invitations for festivals in the near future (Toronto, Detroit).
During the festival time there was of course some time for fun sight seeing in downtown Chicago and a tasty lunch with munchies- Bulgarian style at the Avenue BG restaurant.
The ensemble continues to be not only the cultural ambassador of the Bulgarian traditional dances and heritage in US and beyond, but also of their school "Hr.Botev" - NY.
The professional training and high level ethnographic education students receive from their teachers Elissaveta Iordanova (artistic director and choreographer) and Galina Saharova (asistant choreographer) make them proud of their knowledge and skills. Proud are the students’ families and the Bulgarian school “Hr. Botev” community, friends and audiences!
Well done, your first tour in US, Gorana Jr.! BRAVO!
photo: Lono Dzogov