The Happy Child project – Criança Indaiatubana Feliz (CIF) – through a programme of artistic, cultural and sporting activities, seeks to involve families and the community, providing better interaction between parents and children.
One of the socio-educational programmes run by CIF is a Dance Workshop. The workshop aims to develop the active involvement of students and families and promotes direct contact with art, which can be used to interpret reality and history in many unique and creative ways. Around 100 children and young people between 6 and 17 years old participate in free dance classes twice a week throughout the year. The young dancers work on choreography, technique and story-telling through movement. The culmination of all this hard work and preparation is an annual Dance Festival, organised by CIF.
A dance spectacular for everyone
This year’s festival was entitled “The Fantastic Toy Factory” and took place at a local theatre on two nights at the start of October. In a two-hour spectacular, the audience enjoyed a magical story told through 15 dances performed by everyone from the cute little 6 and 7 year olds to the more experienced teenagers. The festival also included performances from professional ballerinas from another dance school to round off the show. Over the two evenings, around 1,500 people came to this free event.
The show was really beautiful, full of surprises and very professionally produced. The toy factory story shone through with dancers playing roles such as drummer boys and cuddly toys – and there were even some dolls in boxes! Everyone did a really great job and all who attended agreed that the little ones – on stage dressed in their bear costumes – were so cute! They were all extremely brave to go on stage and perform in front of so many people.
MANN+HUMMEL involved in the community
Since 2009, MANN+HUMMEL Brazil have partnered with CIF. Our sponsorship helps with the cost of putting on the show, scenery for the set, costumes for the performers and also the on-going teaching costs for the dance classes during the year. Unfortunately, access to culture in Brazil is not very affordable. That is why we must seize opportunities like this to provide special moments for our community and employees in Indaiatuba.
MANN+HUMMEL want to show that we are an engaged member of the community and care about the future of our children. The CIF Dance Workshops give young people a purpose and interest in cultural/social projects. They will not get sucked into gangs or violence but instead learn how to live with differences and deal with other people.
Culture unites people and makes us better citizens. And that is why I am delighted to announce that MANN+HUMMEL will sponsor the project again next year!