Paul Langevin School children dance their “Résis’Danse” show, this Tuesday, May 17 –

Pupils CM1 and CP from Paul Langevin School in Vaulx-en-Velin perform on stage in their show “Résis’Danse”, this Tuesday, May 17th. The dance show was held at the Cinema Les Amphis in Vaud.

Tuesday 17 May is Victory Day for the students of the Paul Langevin School in Vaud who will be performing “Résis’Danse” for the first time. Classes CM1 and Class CP recognize their representation in the Cinema Les Amphis in Vaulx-en-Velin, which has 167 seats.

It was 6 pm, and the audience arrived, gradually filling the room. The three mistresses welcome the spectators, the parents as well as the Ufolep team, particularly the chiefs of Aura and Rhône, who are placed in front row. In the meantime, the ambassadors are with the children in the dressing rooms before the show begins. To start the evening, Deputy Delegate for Education and Early Childhood in Volks-en-Velen, Kausar Dahome, Deputy Delegate for Collective Life and the Anti-Racism and Discrimination PlanAnd The floor was taken by Myriam Mostafawi. They recalled the theme of the show and thanked schoolchildren, parents, teachers, USEP, UFOLEP’s “Generation 2024” ambassadors, and Missy Barouch, their coordinator.

Kawthar Daum, Deputy Delegate for Education and Early Childhood at Volks-en-Velen and Myriam Mustafawi, Deputy Delegate for Collective Life and Plan Against Racism and Discrimination at Volks-en-Velen. Credit: Ines Balout

Martin Luther King, the symbol of strong struggle

Then to the show! The film begins with a video of children explaining their walk in Volks-en-Velene and all the symbolic places of the resistance and struggle against racism and French values. In total, they stop at 8 stages in the city and for each of them, they determine the story of the character and symbols.

After this introduction, the students of my CM1 class disembark from behind the audience and continue down the aisles of the cinema. They enter the stage singing “We Will Overcome,” a music he sang during Martin Luther King’s march in 1963. As a backdrop, a portrait of the historical figure sits behind them in the background. Then the young dancers begin to design their own choreography, to the beat of music mixed with the voices of children chanting: I dream of this one day The groups hold banners with words representing their dream and they can be heard in the background: Respect, Planet, Unity, Peace, Happiness. Then CP students make their entrance to suggest a dance on


Dance in honor of resistance fighters

It’s the turn of the second graders of CM1 to arrive for the third dance, dressed according to the dress code: white shirt, black pants and a hat on the head. In the background, quotes from the great resistance icons are shown in turn: Rosa Parks, Lucy O’Braque, Jean Mullen, Gandhi.

Then the youngsters return to the stage holding a light-up balloon symbolizing the light of hope and imitate the crowd in action. Then they dance to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” tune and to the applause of the crowd. During their choreography, “together” plays behind them in all languages. Children finish free swimming. Facing the audience, the dancers engage, two by two, in personalities and dance steps, acclaimed by the audience.

Back to the Nelson Mandela story

Finally all CM1s gather together to sing” Ordinary love ‘, the music of a Nelson Mandela biography, composed by U2. Between verses, the children pass the microphone to tell in turn the story of the great character. On the other side of the stage, the CP follows the movements of the dance, passing a globe-shaped balloon.

Then comes the end. All the ambassadors behind the show come on stage to do some dance moves, and soon the kids imitate them. In a wave of shared joy, everyone dances together and ends up greeting the audience.

At the conclusion of the event, the mistresses, Emily Denver, Blandine Rochat, and Marion Audrey, returned to the initiative with a few words. ” It started in October, when many kids didn’t know that people had fought racismexplains Blandin Rochat, on the origin of the project. I want to tell you: The mission is not impossible at all, but above all, the mission is accomplished. She also takes this opportunity to thank the Ambassadors and Coordinator Mesa Baruch and their partners, in particular the USEP at Vaulx-en-Velin headed by Nasir Denver, Project Leader.

The curtain was closed and the parents came out of the room, raiding: “ It was such a good show, we were amazed says Linda, the mother of a CP student. Congratulations to the teachers and ambassadors who participated in the parade. For Jessica, as for the mother of a young student in CM1, she expressed her desire to emphasize investing in children and giving a good return on the topics raised: It is very important to talk about equality and diversity.” “A show very rich in color and very rich in rhythm She finally said.

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