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Dance with IOM: oriental dance workshop in Harmanli

IOM organized two oriental dance workshops for women at the Community Center “Druzhba 1870” in Harmanli. The ladies were introduced to various styles of oriental dance by Milena Nalbantova, a longtime oriental dance teacher, choreographer and Director of the dance and sports club Rona in Haskovo. Throughout the weekend, the ladies received a detailed course on oriental dances, including theoretical aspects, that aimed to introduce them to the history, culture and spirit of the dances, and to explain the difference between the artistic form of the oriental dance and its more common variations. The ladies trained for 8 hours split between the two days, and at the end of the course, danced with joy, pleasure and real ease. At the end of each workshop, catering for the participants was provided.

The event was organized as part of the project “Raising the awareness of the Bulgarian society and migrant communities in Bulgaria,” funded by the National Program of Bulgaria under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014–2020.