Column: Bulgaria was an experience I will never forget

Two weeks ago I spent a couple of days in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. And I have to say that it was an experience I will never forget! First of all it was already unbelievable that I got this chance to go to Bulgaria for the commercial of Just Dance, the video game. But next to that it showed me a whole different side of the world I’m working in.

Dance is the joy of movement and the heart of life

It wasn’t just a regular e-mail

The adventure started on Friday the 4th of September when I received an E-Mail stating that I had been selected for the lead role of the commercial of Just Dance. I was very happy and couldn’t believe it at first. But then I realized how serious it was and which opportunity they just offered me.

So the next day my dad and I immediately tested ourselves for corona with a reassuring result, negative. Only a few days later, on Monday, we flew to Sofia. The flight was very pleasant and quiet as it was a morning flight.

We arrived in Sofia around noon and were again tested for the virus. Luckily this result was again negative. Because could you imagine if I would’ve caught the virus while traveling? The opportunity I got would’ve passed by me. Luckily it wasn’t the case and we started our trip with an afternoon at the swimming pool of the hotel. Talking about the hotel, it was brand new and had a very modern interieur. It even had a sky bar where we enjoyed our first dinner in Bulgaria.

Let’s get to work

Tuesday was the fitting and rehearsal day. It was time for me to try on my clothes from the commercial. The clothes were different and special, but also cool and fun. After the fitting, they taught me the choreography together with 20 other children from Bulgaria.

It took some time to learn the dances and the rehearsal took a lot of my energy. But even though it was a tiring day, I met a lot of creative people which makes it all worth the time and effort. Later on in the evening we went to the sky bar of the hotel with the Belgian crew for dinner. Also this was a very nice learning experience for me as I had to speak French, Dutch and English at the same time. I’m sure my teachers at school will be proud of me!

1, 2, 3 – ACTION!

The final and big day was on Wednesday when we recorded everything we’ve learned the day before. Our day started very early with a meeting at the hair dressers place. They sprayed it all pink for a cool and playful look. After my hair was done, they did my make-up. And that’s actually my favorite part of the backstage scene as I can relax and focus on the upcoming tasks.

In total I had five scenes in which I had to dance and act. The day lasted for about seven hours and it was all worth it! The crew was very nice and I felt comfortable and at home right away.

After such a long production day we went back to the hotel and enjoyed a spa-moment. Later on we decided to order room service to enjoy a cozy and lazy dinner in the room. Isn’t that one of the most amazing things about staying at a hotel? You can eat at any time of the day, in your bed while relaxing and reflecting on your day. I love it!


I am very grateful that I was able to do and experience this. As a person you learn a lot from such experiences and you grow while exploring new places. Hopefully this will be the start of more opportunities where I can work together with other talented, creative and passioned people.

This article has been written by @MARGAUX DECKERS

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