''The 'Dancing Estonia' initiative has united thousands of people in the anniversary year and brought pure joy to countless more,” said Maarja-Liisa Soe, the Head of Programme of Estonia 100. “The year-long event of “Dancing Estonia” will be concluded on the last day of the year with a great joint dance on Estonian town squares.”
The public joint dance of “Dancing Estonia” is held concurrently on 31 December at 3 p.m. on 16 town squares across Estonia: in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Narva, Rakvere, Viljandi, Jõhvi, Jõgeva, Paide, Kuressaare, Kärdla, Võru, Valga, Põlva, Rapla, and Haapsalu. The steps are taught to all participants on town squares at 2 p.m.
See the Facebook event here and learn the dance moves here.
“Joint dancing has already involved over seven hundred dancing enthusiasts, who are inviting everybody to join them on Estonian town squares on New Year’s Eve,” said Raido Bergstein from the Estonian Dance Agency, the initiator of “Dancing Estonia”. “Steps are easy and suitable for everybody, so do not be afraid to participate. We have also included dance instructors from various counties to support the whole initiative and encourage everyone to participate in the joint dance. On the last day of the year at 2 p.m., everyone gets to learn the dance and perform it one hour later along with the whole Estonia,” Bergstein said.
The joint dance incorporates four different dance styles: ballet, show dance, modern, and folk, choreographed by Teet Kask, Argo Liik, Külli Roosna and Kenneth Flak, and Liisa Laine.
The “Dancing Estonia” initiative is a sequel to the Finnish 100th anniversary celebration initiative 'Koko Suomi tanssii', which was passed on to Estonia as an anniversary present. Over a hundred dances of the “Dancing Estonia” series have been choreographed in the anniversary year, all available at www.err.ee/eestitantsib.
The 'Dancing Estonia' initiative is led by the Estonian Dance Agency and Estonian Public Broadcasting in cooperation with the Estonia 100 organising committee.
The Estonian Dance Agency was established in 1998 by young choreographers and dancers. The goals of the Agency are to co-ordinate and develop the situation of Estonian dance and to offer better conditions for creation and work for the dancers and choreographers. www.tantsuagentuur.ee