We will most definitely remember 2020. Around the middle of March, we had to quickly get used to the new reality – distance learning. It turned out once again that change is the only constant in our lives and we had to prove how flexible and adaptable we can be. Honestly, I am quite surprised by and proud of all of us! We quickly rolled up our sleeves and carried out the distance activities, and the learners responded to the situation even faster and joined us – each from their own home. We are now getting together again enriched with new knowledge and experience.

Different stories came out of this isolation – some good and others not so good. We remain positive so we are sharing this with you.

I must tell you that I managed to take part in a video conference on Friday that dealt with “dancing”. It was excellent.

Let me explain briefly how it all began. It has been a dream of mine for a long time for us women to start getting together and dance. I know many peers who love to dance just like me and are married, but their husbands are not that fond of dancing, while others are single. I decided that we will start dancing! This was by no means an easy proposition. Tons of phone calls, the search for teachers and possible locations as well as financing … But I was determined! I once took part in a workshop at the Hrastnik Youth Centre and “fell in love” with the space instantly. I talked to the managers and got a positive reply. They agreed for me to bring the ladies so we could dance. And that is how we began. At the first dancing meet up, there were only two of us, the next week there were 4 of us … and afterwards our numbers grew … 12 … 16 … with our dance company now numbering 20. Our teacher Irena is helping us learn country dancing and we are enjoying it immensely. This is truly a bucket list-level wish come true!

Our determination and love for dancing was not stopped even by the Corona. We keep on dancing…

Dragi Zelnik from Hrastnik

Anja Biljana Lenart (anja.lenart@zlu.si), Zasavje AEC

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