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The dance - a new element in the scientific program of the 9th International Qualification School

The wealth of the classical Russian dance folklore and its important place in the preservation of the world's cultural and historical heritage was discussed within the framework of the topics of "Dance and Linguodidactics" and "Russian with Dances" - a new element in the scientific program of the 9th International Qualification School in Varna. The young specialists in Russian studies came to know methodological approaches to include the dance into the creative language learning tools in the context of intercultural education. The combination of the traditional knowledge of the music-dance folklore and the development of practical dance skills at the various stages of language learning can serve as a foundation for a new methodological platform and technology for access to Russia's cultural and historical heritage as a universal human knowledge


According to Prof. Nadia Cherneva, "an important and necessary part of the successful training for each kind of activity is the interest that students take in it, not only intellectual but also emotional. Acquiring information not only with the mind but also with the heart and the body is a good way to ease the process of learning. The linguodidactical potential of the physico-psychologicaland socio-cultural phenomenon "dance", which has not been developed so far, predetermines the demand for new pedagogical strategies and technologies and the need to create a methodical concept with the corresponding system of exercises "justifying" the inclusion of the "language of dance" in the process of incorporation into the  foreign linguoculture ".           





Students' enthusiasm has prompted the attraction of vivid and memorable fragments of famous films and TV shows that marked the beginning of a serious discussion of the methods of visual semantization that stimulate student interest in understanding the material studied; about the possibilities of creating, storing and enriching the student's personal multimedia library. With great pleasure the young specialists in Russian studies offered their own interpretations of the symbolism of the proposed video plots.           



The participants of the school were delighted to discuss the possible exercises on the basis of various verbal, musical, dance and plastic samples. Lyubima Ivanova, a student of Plovdiv University presented the Russian national costume and the students from Belgrade University (Serbia), Moldavian University (Moldova) and theSamtskhe Javakheti State University(Georgia) offered their ideas for the inclusion of the dance in the training process of Russian as a foreign language.  


The question of the effectiveness of the out-of-class Russian classes (dance clubs, clubs of connoisseurs and experts in dance) and the increasingly popular mass dances, often outdoors, sports competitions with the participation of cheerleaders, international dance festivals, was also worth noting.


The participants in the school debated and shared views on the possibilities of acquiring "experienced" knowledge, including body memory and "stimulated" by the dance and music emotions. The dance and music, as catalysts of an extraordinary process of immersion in a given linguistic culture, provide the intellect with special comfort in the acquiring and processing of linguistic information and the cultural context. According to the Milanese specialists in Russian studies, "when people dance in a company, they just enjoy and learn, entertaining. The healing function of the dance is also an important argument when using it for methodological purposes." Everyone in the audience agreed that when you want to share your dances with others at school, at university, on the street, to be young, full of strength, is especially attractive for everyone.  


Somehow, naturally and spontaneously, the idea of conducting intercultural dance training under the title of "Look, Describe and Show" was born, with an emphasis on the national specificity of the dance and folk psychology of the respective linguocultural community that would allow everyone to enrich their knowledge of the ethnic culture of the participating countries in a favorable psychological setting.



For two days, the students were preparing for the first flashmob in the history of the School as a continuation of the discussion and exchange of practical experience during the master class dedicated to the Russian folk dance. The first flashbob of the School at Varna Free University has become the best proof of the unity of the young specialists in Russian studies of Europe.


by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър