Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

Who's helping Who?

Who’s helping Who?

Yesterday we had ‘packed packets evening’ in the Netherlands, also know as Saint Nicolas‘ evening. At the end of the evening we are used to sing: Thank you ‘Saint Nicolas’ and ‘Goodbye Saint Nicolas, goodbye Black Pete’. Rumors go Nicolas freed Ethiopian Boutros from slavery, back in the 3th century. He died 6 December 342.

After our children went to bed, I played one of their new videogames. Cleaning up the livingroom, I turn on the news and found out another Saint had left us, namely: King Mandela.

There are a lot of things to say about this man, but I sure had to mention him in this Category: Transformational Leadership. We have a said: ‘about the deceased, nothing but good’.

I’d like to add U2 newest song to that: Ordinary Love



Mandela Soccer Trophee

World Cup 2010

The sea wants to kiss the golden shore / The sunlight warms your skin / All the beauty that’s been lost before / Wants to find us again

I can’t fight you anymore / It’s you I’m fighting for / The sea throws rocks together / But time leaves us polished stones

We can’t fall any further / If we can’t feel ordinary love / We cannot reach any higher / If we can’t deal with ordinary love

Birds fly high in the summer sky / And rest on the breeze / The same wind will take care of you and / I will build our house in the trees

Your heart is on my sleeve / Did you put it there with a magic marker / For years I would believe / That the world couldn’t wash it away

‘Cause we can’t fall any further / If we can’t feel ordinary love / We cannot reach any higher / If we can’t deal with ordinary love

Are we tough enough / For ordinary love

We can’t fall any further
If we can’t feel ordinary love
We cannot reach any higher
If we can’t deal with ordinary love

Read more: U2 – Ordinary Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Pierre and Antonio

Antonio and Pierre

When I was writing the other day about the movie Take The Lead, I got curious about Mr. Dulaine’s work and filosofy. “It was just an experiment,” he said.

But … he knew it would work: he himself  started dancing at the age of 14 and says it transformed him from a shy young man who rarely smiled into a confident adult with flair.

“I walked straight. I had savoir faire [expertise],” he says of his transformation. He became world champion show dancer four times.

Later on in life he saw this expierence should be passed on to children to learn vital skills like confidence and respect. That’s why he came up with the idea to use ballroom dancing as a tool.

“In the ballroom, when you touch someone with respect you become human beings,” he says. “You’re no longer a white or a black person, Hispanic, Palestinian, or Chinese. You become human.”

In 2005 they’ve made a documentary about it : Mad Hot Ballroom which became the inspiration for Take The Lead.

The Methode

Mad Hot Ballroom

Documentary 2005

  • Respect and Compassion; ballroom dancing can only be carried out by Ladies and Gentlemen. Thats why every participant knows how to behave. This includes trainers too, because not all addults have grown up nice and smoothely.
  • In the moment; everybody needs to focus fully when taking a lesson or teaching. In that way teachers understand their pupils initiutively.
  • Safe places; in ballrooms everyone is respected equally.
  • Order and Discipline; teachers are in command of their classes and use group dynamics to cherish every individual.
  • [body] Language; entire attitude is one of openness, warmth, and genuine affection for the children.
  • Humor and Joy; Humor is perhaps the most difficult, yet powerful teaching tool for a teacher to master. Gentle humor can help a shy child become less self-conscious; humor with that same child handled poorly can make him or her permanently retreat. They are playful, they are present, and the children can sense they are just plain happy to be with them.

“Being in such a safe place, where the boundaries are clear, the Teaching Artist is fully present, where respect and compassion reign – these are the elements that bring joy into the lives of the Dancing Classrooms children.”