After planning this trip for five months it was satisfying to see how smoothly it all worked out. I easily took on this challenge of coordinating because I personally felt that it was time for another international pursuit for the company. The opportunity came in the form of the European Championship of Foklore 2011.
As the festival grew nearer, and given the language and physical barriers, at times I had some concerns that everything would not fall into place. However my worries were alleviated upon our arrival as the Eurofolk Coordinators were very accommodating. They were able to get us a room in the hotel for warm up, serve us dinner after our late performances, arrange for bus pick ups at our requested times and even found us a basket to use for Kuban.
The festival to me has been very gratifying as many dancers have expressed their enjoyment of this experience. We have made several contacts and have had many audience members expressing their appreciation and amazement of what we bring to the stage.
This has been a unique experience for me as I have been both a dancer and a coordinator and have enjoyed playing both of these roles. This tour has achieved exactly what I had hoped – to increase Cheremosh’s international presence, to proudly represent Canada, and to allow our dancers to express their talent while at the same time gaining a life time of memories.