7TH EDITION, SPECIAL FOCUS ON DANCE GROUP DIRECTORS AND
1) General characteristics of Gaztemundu 2002
Since 1996 the main focus of the Gaztemundu program has been on
helping young people associated with the various Euskal Etxeak
(Basque Clubs) to gain a better understanding of Euskadi today.
The program involves a fifteen-day stay, during which time
participants take part in a series of events that provide them
with first-hand experience on cultural, social, governmental and
business activities in the Basque Country.
One of the activities put forward for the program's 7th edition is
directed fundamentally at directors and leaders of Basque club
dance groups. The aim is to create a platform for contact between
dance groups in different countries that sponsor Basque clubs.
The relationship of a large part of the young people involved in
Basque clubs today is precisely through their dance groups.
There are presently dozens of Basque dance groups in several
different countries, each with varying levels of expertise. Some
of the groups are a clear reference for dance groups in Euskadi.
The main objective for the September 2002 program now being
organized is to create platforms for exchange between groups, and
to enhance coordination of aspects such as repertories and
materials. Sharing these resources can and should be of benefit to
all Basque club dance groups. A program outline will be sent out
through these pages in the forthcoming weeks.
2) Program dates and venues
The program will take place from September 6th through 20th 2002.
Participants will visit a number of towns throughout Euskadi when
they are celebrating their traditional Basque festivals.
During the second week a hostel will be the site for workshops,
conferences and work groups.
3) Guidelines for participation
Participants, preferably directors and leaders, must be currently
involved in Basque dance in order to be eligible. They must be
members of officially recognized Basque centers listed in the
Register of Basque Centers, and have been a club member for at
least three years.
There is space for a maximum of 40 people in this year's program.
Should there be more than 40 applications, the Department of
Basque Organizations will carry out a selection process among the
4) Application process
The attached application form shall serve as a model for applying
to this year's Gaztemundu Program.
In addition to the application form, each candidate shall present
a research project on one or more of the subjects listed below:
1. The History of your Euskal Etxea dance group. If your group has
a long history, it would be advisable point out the different
stages of its history, indicating the following: when it was
founded and who was responsible for promoting the group; the
initial repertory, teaching methods and instructor's name; where
dancers practiced; date and place of first performance; repertory
of first performance; how costumes were obtained; what models were
used as a source; who was in charge of costumes; how swords,
hoops, etc were obtained; and who played the music.
2. Your group today and its plans for the future. Number of
members and where they are from; where and how often the group
practices; instructors' names and where they themselves learned to
dance, including the names of their teachers. Group repertory,
date, place and person who brought the dances to the repertory.
Performances: date, place, how many, for what occasion. Current
repertory, where the group dances (outdoors, club premises,
different locations, theaters, etc.). Number of dantzaris taking
part in rehearsals. The group's plans for the future.
3. Repertory. Identify your group's repertory, providing details
on the following aspects: name, date, place and person responsible
for introducing each dance to the group; description of costumes
and materials used (attach photographs). Gather information talked
about at the club on the origin of each dance (the province it
comes from, if it is traditional or invented, when it is danced
and information on the day or festival it is danced, information
on the musical instrument accompanying the dance and if there is
4. Write a research paper on the dances from a particular province
in Euskal Herria or about a particular dance (or group of dances).
Describe the steps and origin, as well as how the dance or set of
dances are danced today, costumes used, music, etc. The paper can
cover these or other subjects.
During their visit, program participants will have the opportunity
to present their work to the rest of the participants.
Documentation to be presented:
¨ Properly completed application form (attached).
¨ Certificate from the Governing Board verifying that the
applicant is a member of the club and has been so for a minimum of
three years, and the degree of participation in the club's dance
¨ Certificate from the Governing Board verifying the number of
people involved in the dance group, the repertory and number of
performances, and the group's influence/experience abroad.
The deadline for applications is May 15th 2002.
Applications shall be written in Word 6.0 or higher and sent by
email to: Benan-Oregi@ej-gv.es
5) Selection phase
Candidates who have met all requirements and have presented a
research project will be scored according to the following scale:
Assessment of research paper up to 40 points
Assessment of candidate's current level of participation
in dance group activities (with certificate) up to 30 points
Group's influence/experience abroad (with certificate) up to 20
Level of Euskara up to 10 points
TOTAL SCORE 100 POINTS
The Secretary General for Foreign Action will contact selected
candidates by July 10th.
All selected candidates must send in the following documents by
1. Signed approval from.
2. Agreement endorsed by the participating Basque club (committing
the participant to give a conference upon his or her return about
the program to the rest of the young people in the club, or to
3. Commitment on the part of the candidate to participate in the
7) General terms and conditions
Geographical origin will be a factor in the selection of
candidates, with an eye to encouraging the inclusion of as many
dance groups as possible. An effort will also be made to
proportional representation of the different countries.
If a selected candidate should drop out of the program, the next
person on the waiting list will be offered the chance to
APPLICATION FORM GAZTEMUNDU PROGRAM 2002
PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR NOTIFICATION PURPOSES
First and Last Name:
Date of birth:
Place of birth: Country:
Postal code: City: State/Province: Country:
Education (if presently a student, indicate the year):
Are you presently working: Yes: No:
If you are working, what is your profession and job position:
Other languages: Beginner Intermediate Advanced
KNOWLEDGE OF EUSKADI
Indicate the number of times and the years you have visited
Name of your Euskal Etxea
Date of initial membership
Position or task in your Euskal Etxea
Indicate why you are interested in taking part in the program.
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