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Shortcut to Happiness
Start date: Aug 1, 2010,

Austrian writer Vidd Baum has said that there are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. This quote has inspired the title of 11-days Youth Exchange Shortcut to Happiness, main theme of which is contemporary dance and dance imagery. Overall aim of the Youth Exchange is to increase social connectedness of long-term un mployed^and(orLy-aimg--people-with -less -access to education-opportunities trough l re tfi g a hon-formai learning platform for developing their social and employment skills, creative talents and considering alternative carrier opportunities. What lie at the heart of the project is the cultivation of transferable skills and attitudes - and a new sense of belief in self and others. Proposed program is intensive and challenging - a program for people who have to dance! Each group will prepare a story expressed in short creative dance and teach it to other participants. Elements of different choreographies will be combined in a street dance performance that will be presented in three Macedonian towns: Bitola, Ohrid and Struga. Dance workshops will be mixed with teamwork and communication training exercises and intercultural learning activities. Shortcuts to happiness will be explored in Struga, Macedonia, in multi-cultural teamwork of 46 participants from Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Estonia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Sweden.
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