I don’t know how to start this blog post. I am currently sitting in front of my computer, wondering how I should try and explain how much this week meant to me. So, I will start from the beginning.

I had the lovely opportunity to exchange to the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, where I received classes in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Violin Pedagogy. My Dalcroze lecturer said that she is planning a trip to South Africa in 2015 with her Rytmikcenter colleagues. I suggested that Atteridgeville should be included in the trip and then we started planning….

On Monday, the guests arrived, from Sweden and Norway. After a few hours of rest, I gave them a presentation about the underlying philosophies we have when approaching our teaching in Atteridgeville. This gave them an idea about what to expect when visiting the two children centres in which we teach.

Tuesday, we made the big journey to Atteridgeville. This was a lovely day. We teached a little bit, played our Suzuki pieces and we did a little bit of Dalcroze exercises which the Scandinavians lead. They also gave toys to the children centres – that was kindly donated by Jabadabado. You can find out more about them at: http://www.jabadabado.com/ 

The afternoon ended with a little playing and Dalcroze, but mostly with a jam session involving some kwêla and township songs. This was so lovely, seeing one of the ladies working at the children centre coming inside and starting to dance with Scandinavian audience. I couldn’t help but to dance myself and I lost myself in the music.

A big shout out to Dumisane and Sam from Siyasizane Shuttle Services who transported our guests between Atteridgeville and Centurion. If you every need a shuttle company in the Gauteng area, they are professional and helpful! Check them out at http://www.siyasizanashuttle.co.za/

This week ended in Potchefstroom where there was a Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshop. My body is in recovery from all the movement and fun, but is was so worth it. I experienced that Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a powerful tool creates a deep sense of connectedness. I hope to use more Eurhythmics with our students in Atteridgeville to create the same sense of connectedness that I experienced this weekend.

Saying goodbye to the Rytmikcenter ladies as they leave for Lady Grey (the next stop on their tour), was so sad. If you’re curious to know more about their South African tour, you can follow them on https://www.facebook.com/RytmikcenterStockholm

I’ll end this post with the following translation from my favourite Swedish folksong:

I can sail without wind!
I can row without oars!
But not part from a friend so dear,
part without shedding a tear.

The featured image was taken by Marie Bejstam. Tack för trevlig bild! Thanks for the lovely picture!

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