Once Upon… A Dance Story that should not be missed!

There is a man in Cyprus who has many things to say. He is an artist, a legend already in the famous world of dance, he is the one you need to know what he has to say. We had the great pleasure to meet him and ask him a few questions about his new ballet production “Once Upon” but also about his last years spend at The Limassol Municipal Dance Centre as a dedicated Artistic Director. Mr. Lambros Lambrou devoted his life to dance. He traveled around the world to share his expertise to other young dancers. His ballets were being performed all over the world like Canada, Cuba, Australia and the United States, where he was able to win his reputation for excellence and professionalism. He directed for a decade as Artistic Director of Ballet Austin in Texas, U.S.A and continued his passion in Limassol as the Artistic Director of Limassol Municipal Dancing Centre.



We had a great pleasure to ask him a few questions.

Mr. Lambros first of all thank you very much for this amazing opportunity that you offer to our readers.

KidsFuninCyprus: After almost 13 years spent at The Limassol Municipal Dance Centre what you can you tell us about your accomplishments and frustrations that you encounter?
Mr. Lambros Lambrou:
Today people can see why the Centre is still here. Students I have known are now dancing professionally in Europe and beyond, those who have not sought a professional career are some of the best-informed people I know. I would have been happier if the Republic of Cyprus along with the the business sector took a leap of faith and give me the tools to establish a professional school rather than a school run professionally.


KidsFuninCyprus:  What ages do you accept at the Centre?
Mr. Lambros Lambrou: The ideal age for a boy or girl to start lessons is between 8 and 9. There are other factors too such as a flexible body, natural rhythm and coordination. We inherit these things to a large extent.



KidsFuninCyprus: Is it time to re think training for professional dancing as opposed to dance for recreation? What do you think about continuous repetition that it is used as the main teaching technique in ballet classes today? Can dance lessons offer to children the chance to be creative? Can  we see ballet as educational? Such as understanding music better.....allowing creativity?
Mr. Lambros Lambrou:
This is a wonderful question and should be considered carefully by everyone. Children are naturally inquisitive. Under a good teacher’s eye, they gain trust and will try anything. Ballet is more like a musical instrument. It is extremely difficult to play Bach on a toy piano. So, the physicality of the student when it comes to ballet training differs from the normal or average body type as does the desire to move a certain way. I am very aware of this when I see students and try to be careful without neglecting the very talented child. This is the good thing about living in Limassol.




KidsFuninCyprus: Parents are often the ones who are encouraging children to enjoy a passion. Can they be also become an impediment? 
Mr. Lambros Lambrou:
More often than not I am faced with a difficult situation which requires delicate handling.
Its called “ Overly concerned mothers.. ”!!
At first I am greeted by genuine smiles ! I always try to asses the situation carefully as often, the parent may not be a great communicator or posses language skills.
After explaining the programme I follow to all I am immediately told that the child cannot follow the programme and could I please make exceptions. Again, I explain that there is a specific programme and cannot change but if it is possible the child can take extra classes. Again. I am told that this wont do because of other obligations ( another ballet school)
The best person to evaluate talent is a professional teacher or a former dancer who has spent a lifetime in the theatre.
There are no short cuts.
If the parent interferes then  a rift is caused…a lack of trust between the student and the teacher. The teacher becomes the bad guy in this triangle.  It is easy to toss a..she is very talented….to a young dancer, with the ease of saying  Have a nice day!  Openness and directness is best done at the very first meeting and while we love what we do, students are not clients as such nor guest artists …They are passionate young boys and girls who should be respected and not pushed by teacher or parent to do things that could be dangerous to the body mind and soul. Ballet training is not like tap, jazz, improvisation, piano or violin. It is more akin to track and field with a huge amount of effort not shown. It requires patience, mental and physical ability, consistency, focus. Dancing around the house all the time does not qualify for ballet excellence or talent…….Swimming, music. playing with others as children, mild gymnastics for beginners are good and healthy activities,as well as attending live, good shows to start forming opinions.
The idea of hard work comes almost naturally to the talented pupil as do other qualities. If you see your children swinging from a chandelier or re writing a dictionary they should be allowed to do so as they are most likely uninterested in ballet training.

 

KidsFuninCyprus: Can you compare opportunities for professional work between US and UK and here?
Mr. Lambros Lambrou:
I lived in N America most of my life. I danced, taught and directed a ballet company for many years. Here in Europe and particular in Cyprus it is impossible to do so. Every city in the US has its own dance group or company and is funded by the private sector. European schools and companies receive huge subsidies from the authorities and often reflect the national, cultural and specific tastes of that society. I’m not sure which is better. Money can by Art!



KidsFuninCyprus: What can be done to improve the dancer's life and the arts in Cyprus?
Mr. Lambros Lambrou:
I have been committed to teaching young students what ballet can be. It is up to parents to understand this too. I am not here to make dancers. That is impossible!
The arts flourish when the state decides to look beyond commerce. When this happens the quality of all its’ citizens improves significantly!!
Up until the age of 16 students can prepare for an audition abroad but this means that other activities have to be chosen carefully.



KidsFuninCyprus:  There is no way that you could not notice the new poster about the new ballet spectacle created by you. What you can tell us about the new production that will be in Limassol “Once Upon”?
Mr. Lambros Lambrou: 
The poster is eye catching and fun and causes us to smile. It is also less classical and perhaps closer to what younger students feel today. Personally “the little girl in pink dancing in a tutu” is not valid or a fare image of the art form! That type of an image and perception has caused many young men to stay away from this great art form. We don’t allow bullying of any kind at the Centre.



KidsFuninCyprus:Is Once Upon a story?
Mr. Lambros Lambrou:
Once Upon is a simply simple story about a young man who is different from everyone else. He has green hair and is not accepted by others. It’s about bullying, about not fitting in, whether it’s how we look, dress, move, behave. Every single student has contributed in ideas, moves, stories and insight, into the choreography! Ultimately, it’s about all those who pursue a dream.

It was a pleasure discussing dance with you....



“Once Upon” …. A story that has to be told has to be listened, felt and seen.

Once Upon
Artistic Director: Lambros Lambrou
Artists: Abby Mattox, Iago Bresciani
and all students of the LMDC plus our special guest dancers from the Estonian National Ballet.
Date: 11th May 2019
Buy Tickets online from: www.soldoutticketbox.com/

Limassol Municipal Dance Centre
Address: Limassol Public Gardens
Phone no:  +357 99 559322
Webpage: www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/en/kentro-xorou
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Limassol-Municipal-Dance-Centre
Contact Person: Lambros Lambrou


Bricks4Kidz Lego Creativity Centre in Nicosia offers more than play

Hello everybody,

Out of all toys that have been made in the toy industry it is clear that there is only one that will be the first choice for all children around the world "Lego Bricks". These famous bricks have proved over now decades of playing that there is nothing more interesting for toddlers, boys and girls than to challenge their creativity, imagination, and love to build. Since the beginnings, when Lego has started to be used to build basic shapes, the use of these bricks has been extended to building robots that can move and follow instructions to mathematics and art.





Yes, it is about children who play while getting the most out of this time and this has can be done in Nicosia at Bricks4Kidz.





Bricks4Kidz is home of Legos as it is the only place where you can bring your friends, start building and the bricks will never finish!
Bricks4Kidz is a place for challenge. Challenge your passion to play with Lego that offers millions of possibilities.





The best activities at Bricks4Kidz in Nicosia!







Children can find hundreds of mosaics that they can follow and expand using colors and faces to create something marvelous.
Playing with cars it has never been that entertaining especially when you can build them with your favorite colors, amazing shapes and then use them on the racing track with your friends.
Building robots that move and do stuff for you is something that kids should not forget to try while visiting Bricks4Kidz Nicosia. Children can join "The Bricks 4 Kidz®Junior Robotics Workshop" which offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming! Using drag-and-drop icon-based software, WeDo software provides an introduction into the world of computer programming and robotics that will equip children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace.




What Kids Have Fun in Cyprus loved the best at Bricks4Kidz are the Drop Off Service and the Parent & Child Build and Learn Together program.





While a parent and child class are a great way to develop the social/emotional skills such as patience, communication and teamwork are exercised in the process of completing a build.
These classes can help your child get used to being in a structural setting, help them learn how to follow directions, and it’s a less anxiety-provoking way of getting your child ready for the classroom.
The Drop Off Service is the parent help, when they need to leave their kids in a safe environment, where kids are watched and entertained by professional staff and where they can spend quality time.




There are many benefits of spending time at Briks4Kidz and we will only count here a few of them that helping children in the development of:
Counting, Matching, Sorting, Recognition, Assembling, Decision making, Manual dexterity, Concentration, Attention, Patience, Problem solving, Memory, Logic, Spatial and visual organization (basics of geometry), Fine motor skills, Coordinating a child’s thoughts and actions.
Hand and eye coordination – extremely important step to help a child achieve difficult tasks easily, including reading and writing.
Correlation between seeing and doing (sight and touch senses)
Math skills as the child learns about basic calculations, surface area, the best way to break down a larger area into smaller ones, shapes, spatial visualization.
Language skills as the child listens and follows instructions and talks about what they are doing.
Creative self-expression.
Self-exploration.
Self-discovery.


Bricks4Kidz in Nicosia is loaded with hundreds of thousands of Legos in 2 floors consisting of the main playground with Lego Friends Studio and Dance, Lego Racers, Ninjaco station, Mosaic creator, 3D modeling stations, Technic Lego station with motorized models, a Duplo village for ages 2-5, arts and crafts and many more. On the ground level there is a cafeteria were parents and children can enjoy their snacks and beverages and at the 1st floor there is a STEM Robotics Lab where competitions and classes are held. The Centres offers Hi-speed free Wifi and plenty of parking spaces at the rear and back area.


One of the most entertaining places for children of all ages where they can spend hours of quality time while playing and why not learning ?

Bricks4Kidz Lego Creativity Centre

Summer Opening Hours: 
Monday – Friday: 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
Winter Opening Hours: 
Tuesday – Friday: 14:30 - 20:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
Monday: Closed
Address: Bellapais 2 street, Strovolos, Nicosia (Near Parissinos Area)
Phone no: +357 77770210
E-mail: nicosia@bricks4kidz.com (Nicosia&Larnaca)
Website: www.bricks4kidz.com.cy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/B4Kcyprus


After School Enrichment Classes at Bricks4Kidz Nicosia and Limassol

After School Enrichment Classes

Bricks4Kidz one hour classes explore architecture, engineering and technology concepts using LEGO® bricks.  Students participate in 4 week sessions focused on exciting themes including Space, Inventions, Famous Buildings, and Natural Disasters.

Classes follow the Bricks 4 Kidz® motto: We Learn, We Build, We Play with… LEGO® Bricks.










We Learn- Teachers provide a 5-10 minute themed lesson
We Build- Students build the model of the day with simple step by step instructions
We Play- Students explore their own creativity through free play time


Classes are available for children starting 2 years old to 15 years old.
No of kids per group: 10
Groups languages: Greek and English
Meals offered: Yes and can be ordered on the spot
Working days: Tuesday - Friday
Afternoon hours: Please contact us at 77 77 02 10
Prices: €30.00 per month/child (2-5 Years old) – Pre school class

            €40.00 per month/child (5-8 Years Old) – Junior Robotics class

           €50.00 per month/child (9-15 Years Old) – EV3 Robotics class

Easter Workshop by Smart Hands Two Weeks Program Bunny House

Smart Hands is welcoming all children to their inspiring Easter Workshop ! The program is made to help parents on the Easter Holidays but also to encourage kids to enjoy a creative, fun innovative activity for the short Easter break. A good excuse to forget about lessons and school time while discovering an entertaining art and crafts program. Children between 2.5 - 12 years old are welcome and parents should start registration as soon as possible as the places are limited.
Easter program is an all day program during Easter holidays when schools are closed.
22nd April till 3rd May 7:30-15:30







More about Smart Hands:
Smart Hands is a creative workshop for children, based on T4T program concept (Trash for Teaching) that is enhancing reuse of variety of materials through number of creative individual and group handcraft projects.


Children Age:  2.5 - 12 years old
Price: Full Easter Program is 7 days (in two weeks) cost is 110 Euro for one child or 180 Euro for two kids (siblings).
You can also pay per day -  DAILY CHARGES 25 euro per day!
Closed only on 26th Easter Friday 29th Easter Monday and 1st May public holiday. 
Language of Service: Greek & English language
Contact person: Dragana Ljubicic
Phone Number: 97776494
E-mail: smarthandscy@gmail.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/kidsclassesnicosia/
Address: Street Address 16A AMFIRTRITIS Street, 2000 Strovolos
City: Nicosia

KANGAROO Summer Camp 2019 for Students Grade 4-9

KANGAROO Summer Camp 2019 for Students Grade 4-9 is open for registration. Limited places. The special Summer Camp will be held in the beautiful mountain resort Agros, Limassol District, Cyprus. The main subjects of the summer camp will be Mathematics Games and Science Communication. The price will include accommodation sleeping in 3 bedroom room and food - full board, transfer in Cyprus, Social Events.  The lessons will be in English with support in the Greek language.

Topic: Mathematics – Science Communication & MATH Games
Dates: 29 July – 3 August 2019
Location: RODON Hotel, Agros
Fee: 450euros (including transfers, FB Accommodation in triple rooms, Material, Programme and Social Event)




THALES Foundation Details
Our mission is the recognition of academic excellence and to facilitate the young people to express their talent. This will be accomplished through the organization of activities that promote the harmonious development of youth using non-formal education, by stimulating their creative and applicative thinking, the intuition, the imagination, the discovery and innovation, the ability to select and to make decisions. In addition we aim to promote the learning and use of European languages and the strengthening of cultural links between the European countries. We invite people of all ages who are interested on the above to become members of our Foundation. The THALES Foundation is a non-for profit organization registered in Cyprus with a goal to become one of the most dynamic educational organizations in the region.

Tel: +357 22 283 600
Email: info@thalescyprus.com
Web: www.thalescyprus.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thalesfoundationcy/ 


KANGAROO Mathematics Competition for Students Grade 1-12

Thales Foundation is inviting all children English or Greek speakers, aged 6-18 years old to Mathematics Competition on 23rd March 2019. For registration and details please read below.
The competition is organized in Cyprus by the THALES Foundation, a member of the international association Kangourou Sans Frontieres, which coordinates the organization of the international competition with student participation in 2008-2018 exceeding 8.000.000 students in more than 52 countries.
This competition promotes the harmonious development of youth using non-formal education, by stimulating the creative and applicative thinking, the intuition, the imagination, the ability to select and to make decisions.

Date: 23 March 2019
Time: 10.00-11.15
Fee: 13euros for online registrations
         20euros for manual registrations and bank payment

Test Centers:

For Nicosia               1. FORUM PRIVATE SCHOOL

2. GLOBAL COLLEGE, Nicosia

For Larnaca              UCLan University, Pyla

For Paralimni           XENION Private School

For Limassol            HERITAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL

For Paphos               A ETHNARCHIS MAKARIOS LYCEUM, Paphos




THALES Foundation Details

Our mission is the recognition of academic excellence and to facilitate the young people to express their talent. This will be accomplished through the organization of activities that promote the harmonious development of youth using non-formal education, by stimulating their creative and applicative thinking, the intuition, the imagination, the discovery and innovation, the ability to select and to make decisions. In addition we aim to promote the learning and use of European languages and the strengthening of cultural links between the European countries. We invite people of all ages who are interested on the above to become members of our Foundation. The THALES Foundation is a non-for profit organization registered in Cyprus with a goal to become one of the most dynamic educational organizations in the region.

Tel: +357 22 283 600
Email: info@thalescyprus.com
Web: www.thalescyprus.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thalesfoundationcy/ 


Educational Programs 2018 -2019 by Cyprus Theater Museum Limassol

Cyprus Theater Museum in Limassol invites all nurseries, kindergartens and school to participate at the educational programs specially organised this school academic year!  Specially designed by specialists of the museum, for each age category from nursery to high school, these programs offer a chance to all children and teenagers to understand and dive into the world of theater!



The overall objective of the educational programs of the Cyprus Theatre Museum is to familiarize students with the museum and to encourage the creative contact with elements from the history of theatre in Cyprus and the art of theatre in general.
The education programs of the Cyprus Theatre Museum are based on the observation and association of information, the exploration of the premises, the discovery as well as the development of the imagination. They are based on an experimental and active learning mode with an emphasis on the hands on acquisition of knowledge and the use of theatre-pedagogical methods. The students collaborate in small groups, as a whole or work individual as well. Particularly, the programs aim at facilitating the approach and understanding of the material exhibited and the museum space as a whole, the cultivation of critical thinking and a dialectic relation of the students towards the exhibits, the development of multifaceted emotional, physical and social conventions and communication code (imagination, creativity, activation etc.) the development of a positive attitude towards museum visits and finally the connection of the museum experience with the taught material and the school programs in general.

Each educational programs of the museum has been approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and had had a pilot phase.
For the school year 2018-2019

Nursery – Pre-school
«I get to know the museum along with Mr. Panoforis»
3-5 yrs old 80 min Creative interaction with the exhibition that involves theatrical methods in specific stops.
1. Nursery: Painting a theatrical poster
2. Pre-school: Creating a crown with collage.

Α’ – C’ Primary
«I learn about theatre and its professions»
6-9 yrs old 90 min Creative interaction with the exhibition that involves theatrical methods in specific stops. Includes a work sheet. Creation of a theatre mask with collage.
D’ – St’ Primary
«I explore and learn in the Theatre Museum»
9-12 yrs old 90 min Creative interaction with the exhibition that involves theatrical methods in specific stops. Includes a work sheet. Creation of a theatre hat.
Elementary school
«Let’s talk about theatre»
13-15 yrs old 90 min Creative interaction with the exhibition that involves theatrical methods in specific stops. Includes a work sheet. Creation of a costume design scale model.
Lyceum (General Interest)
«The Theatre Museum through my eyes»
16-18 yrs old 100 min Creative interaction with the exhibition that involves theatrical methods in specific stops. Includes a work sheet. Creation of a 3D set design scale model.
Lyceum (Special Interest)
«The ancient Greek drama in the Cyprus Theatre Museum»
16-18 yrs old 90 min The program was designed based on the analytical teaching schedule of ancient Greek literature in B’ Lyceum. Part of the design was based on the general and specific aims of the teaching schedule. It can be used as a supplementary tool for enhancing students’ learning through a more creative approach. Does not include working sheet.

Number of participants
The programs can be best enjoyed if each is executed for a number of 25 students at any time. The museum can host up to 2 groups of 25 students (50 in total) simultaneously.

Fee
All education programs cost two (2) euro per student and the museum offers a 10% discount on the total for any disadvantaged students.  We recommend that fees are collected prior to the arrival at the museum.

Design and Facilitation
The programs are designed and executed by the team of theatre practitioners of the Cyprus Theatre Museum.

Cyprus Theatre Museum
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 13.00
Tuesday - Friday: 16.00 – 19.00
Sunday: 10.00 – 14.00 For pre booked visits only
Closed Saturday and Public Holidays
Address: 2-8, Panos Solomonides Street (former Androutsou str) 3032 Lemesos
Phone no: +357 25 343 464
E-mail: theatre.museum@cytanet.com.cy
Contact person: Mrs. Angelina Moridou

CocoBee children shop Limassol – Style with heart

Hello everybody,

CooBee is the newest shop in Limassol with beautiful children’s clothes and it is the first step for our little ones to leave their first eco footprints in Cyprus! Parents will enjoy learning to live “better with less” and choose between the most stylish pieces of clothing with heart. So cozy and so welcome is the little shop that hides behind a corner of Ayios Nicholaos roundabout in Limassol. A boutique for the fanciest fun kids, where parents are welcome to take their monkeys and dive into fashion! A small play area will assure you that even the naughtiest one will not get bored.






CocoBee is the first clothing shop were parents are welcome to come with their kids, where children can make their own choices, run around and play in the wonderful playground. Parents have the opportunity to enjoy the most comfortable chairs, relax and shop with pleasure.




CocoBee shop is the latest and most fashionable way to shop for babies, toddlers or children clothes and shoes up to 14 years old. Why? They offer the chance to preloved clothes to be loved one more time. They give the chance to the parents to save but also to be able to find that special one piece that will always be remembered. Born from a passion of recycling, CocoBee wish to help, inspire and encourage parents in Cyprus to Shop..... Save..... Smile!  CocoBee passionately believes that good clothes that have simply been out grown should not be wasted, but instead be passed on to other children who can enjoy them and get more life from them.





Most common brands are George, H&M, M&S, Next, Rebel, Ted Baker, Gap and Mayoral. All the Preloved baby clothes that are sold by CocoBee are sourced specifically by them and they ensure that all the clothes are in a condition which we would be happy to dress our own child in.





“It's increasingly difficult for parents to spend less, but we still want the best for our kids. We want things for our children that express their unique style and spark their imaginations. A community of like-minded parents seems a logical place to look. And there's a certain comfort in knowing another family will love and appreciate our things just as much as we did.” This is what CocoBee hopes to build: a community of open minded parents that will love their time spent in the shop and will appreciate the idea of recycling and economizing.





Once you dive into the world of pre-loved, it’s hard to go back. Yes, it’s smart and thrifty. But it’s more than that.






Waiting for you at CocoBee with your children, the only place in Limassol where they are loved and welcome to dream with their eyes open!






Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot lizard!

CocoBee Shop for children

Address: Evagora Papachristoforou 4, Limassol 3030, Cyprus
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 16:00 - 19:30 Saturday 09:30 - 15:00
Phone no: +357 96 792 665
Website: www.cocobee.eu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cocobeecy

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