If you know me, then you'll know that I'm far from impressing anyone with my skills of dancing in any style or to any sort of music. Despite that, I very much appreciate contemporary dance. So, I'm looking forward to going to the Enescu Festival in Bucharest this week to see a performance of Stravinsky's Firebird. And not performed by a professional dance company, but by around 100 underprivileged Romanian teenagers under the expert guidance of choreographers Royston Maldoom and Josef Eder. It will be the first community dance performance staged in Romania.
This hugely ambitious project is the brainchild of my mother-in-law Monique Gruber. While living in Bucharest a few years ago she devoted much of her spare time and (boundless) energy to helping street kids.
Monique has since established the charity Jungen Rumänen eine Chance! to continue supporting young Romanians, many of whom are among the most vulnerable in society.
It's inspiring to read the project blog Dance With Us as it chronicles the journey the kids are taking in the lead up to Saturday's performance, and to read of the massive logistical effort to keep over 100 teenagers and volunteers housed, fed and happy over the past month.
Take a look at this clip of RHYTHM IS IT! to get a sense what the project is trying to achieve.
I know any donation will make a difference. Details for donations by bank transfer are below. Go on, you know it makes sense - every euro counts for these children.
I'll be tweeting from Bucharest and will pass on all messages of encouragement for the kids and volunteers.
Account name: "Jungen Rumänen eine Chance!"
Account Nr: 2381435
Badische Beamten Bank
IBAN: DE6609 0800 0002 3814 35
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