Closing Ceremony in Bandung

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Between the 23rd and 25th of May 2014, in Bandung, took place the Closing Ceremony of the Darmasiswa program. VEDC was present of course, and more than that, they had dancing performance 2 nights in a row

Here we are in Jakarta airport waiting for our connection to Bandung
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The hotel was great! What a nice view!
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In the lobby there was an impressive collection of wayang – traditional Indonesian puppets
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This particular “guy” had an interesting face :)))
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Later that night, the girls performed their dance routine. Some exclusive backstage photos:
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Our makeup and dress up took almost 2h! Everyone gave a hand, but the final result was all worth it.
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A close up to see the detailed makeup and hairstyle
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The before going on stage group photo!
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Speaking of the stage, it was quite scary and we were nervous to be in front of hundreds of people!
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Here are the girls, complete dance ­čÖé The quality is not the best, bare with us!

We were proud of ourselves and our teacher too! You can tell by the smiles on our faces!
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The next day of the Closing Ceremony all the Darmasiswa students participated in many activites.

Planting orchids with each countries name. Was a wonderful experience to make a multicultural park ­čÖé
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Then we all had a Bahasa Indonesia test but it went well ­čÖé
And continued with an artistic workshop.
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Later that night, it was the boy’s turn to dance. They had funny masks!
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And did a great job on stage!

After a successful event in Bandung, we enjoyed dinner together
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and spend the last night by the pool, thinking of the wonderful 10 months in Incredible Indonesia
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1, 2, 3, 4…

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As part of the cultural studies at VEDC Malang, the students have learned to perform a traditional East Javanese dance, one for the boys and one for the girls. For 8 weeks, every Wednesday for  4 hours, with the help of Pak Eko, our teacher, we tried our best to master the specific movement of the body and body parts. Not an easy task!

Here we are waiting for our dance instructor on our first day !

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First time we heard the music, an instrumental rhythm quite new to us:

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Here are the girls trying to gracefully synchronize and manage to┬ádo the specific head movement – as this dance is all about the accessories in our hair that need to move┬áduring the┬ádance:)┬á┬áand hand gestures as the teacher’s instructions:

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And here are the boys, a bigger challenge for them than for the girls, they are not really the┬ádancing type…

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After hours and hours of practice and improving and laughter and team work the big day arrived! We were going to dance in the opening ceremony at an event held at VEDC Malang!

Some exclusive photos from back stage:

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Two make-up artists came early that┬áday to get us ready! A┬ádifficult task, given the complicated make-up and numerous clothing pieces and accessories, but they were professionals, and everything was┬ádone on time ­čÖé

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One last touch! It’s all in the┬ádetails…

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Aaaaand we’re┬ádone! Picture time!!!

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Soo, here you can enjoy the result of our hard work ­čÖé

And here is the girls’┬ádance┬ádone by professional traditional┬ádancers. We were pretty close,┬ádon’t you think? ­čÖé

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