Every year, on March 20, 75 member countries of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) have been celebrating the International Day of La Francophonie through various cultural events, since 1998.
In 2020, the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Institutional Francophonie is being celebrated, and the OIF has invited member countries to participate and organize the “Grande Flashmob de la Francophonie”. This large choreographic mobilization, of the flash-mob type, is addressed to the entire community of students from the 23 member countries and observers from Central and Eastern Europe who want to assert their interest in La Francophonie and learning the French language.
To do this, a choreography was performed on the song „Alors on danse” (“So We Dance”) by the Belgian artist Stromae, which he entrusted to the dancer Souleymane Sanogo, mixing modern and street dances, African inspirations and dance movements from the traditional Balkans. Discover the choreography here: FlashMob du 20mars 2020
The students of the “Mihai Eminescu” Gymnasium School, coordinated by Mrs. Cristea Narcisa, eager to participate this year as well, have started the preparations for this dance since January. The 100 students participating in the flash mob repeated constantly so that the synchronization and movements were well done.
The students also prepared costumes for the event consisting of a T-shirt on which were printed various images, messages, drawings specific to the event, black pants and a red ribbon to highlight and give a special color to the students of our school.
The students of our school participated in the rehearsals every day, this dance bringing them closer and making them communicate more with each other because an emotional connection was created that stimulated them to want to be the best, to be a team.
We were very happy to get involved in this project, a good opportunity for teacher-student collaboration, in order to promote the study of the French language in our county. Why do we say our county or city? Because we participate together with other students of high schools and schools in Alexandria in this flash-mob and it had to be presented on the central boulevard of Alexandria.
Unfortunately, the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic forced us to find another way to present our dance. While waiting for the big Flashmob of La Francophonie, we rehearsed at home, we filmed and shared with others by posting the video on social networks, with the hashtags # 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐳𝐬𝐨𝐢 and #𝐅𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐨𝐛𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞. This way, we get to spend our free time in a useful way and exercise, at the same time. We hope that the video on our social media pages will make the day more beautiful for everyone who sees it.
All in all, we want to thank the students and teachers who have taken part in this special activity, for their involvement and effort.
Authors: Dragu Anamaria – VI A, Andreea Popescu– V A
Original article is avaliable in the school digital magazine Media Gener@tion