|Sports dance club "Karat"|
Sports dance club "Karat" at Chitalishte / Cultural Center/ "Nikola Vaptzarov " – Blagoevgrad was created in 1998 and it has a license from the Bulgarian Dance Sport Federation. The main activity of the club is to train competitors in dance sport. For the period from its creation to the present hundreds of children and juveniles are members of the club and some of the dancing couples now compete for the German team, others have successfully completed SWU "Neophyte Rilski" Blagoevgrad, subject Choreography and National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski" , subject Sports dances and successfully work as choreographers and coaches.
Because of the new trends in dance and sports for several years Sports dance club "Karat" expanded their activities and included in
their repertoire dances from other dance styles - hip-hop, dance show and more. Currently in the club are dancing children from 4 to 16 years.
The members of the club actively participate in festivals with extensive stage repertoire, as for dancing year 2011/2012 they won:
- First place at the Festival of Arts "Morning Star" in Kovachevtsi, Bulgaria;
- Second at the International Art Festival «Morning Star" in Bansko, Bulgaria;
- Third and fourth place of the 5-th National Competition in Dance "Rainbow of talents" ,Cup "Trakia", Plovdiv, Bulgaria and other medals and certificates from national and international competitions and festivals.
Till now for 2012/2013 they won:
• Second place in the VII National Dance Competition of theater and stage dancing - distinctive and modern dance, classical ballet "BULGARIA Dance" 2012 - Dimitrovgrad for the dance "Samba";
• Six first places and the grand prize for his contribution to dance in the first in Bulgaria Online Dance Festival - Internet Dance Festival and other medals and certificates from national and international competitions and festivals;
• Prizes in the "Youth Competition Festival of Arts - Sofia 2013" and International Children's Festival "Young Talents" organized by the Ministry of Education and Science.
In March 2013 twelve girls’ competitors for the club won two allowances for the finals in "Dance World Cup 2013" scheduled for July in Brighton, England, which will be attended by artists from more than 30 countries worldwide. They were the only representatives of Blagoevgrad in the first Bulgarian qualifier for the Dance World Cup 2013.
Besides practicing dance "Кarat" offers every year: participation in national and international festivals and competitions, visits to children's performances in Sofia Opera and Ballet, visiting events related to dance, participation in concerts, organizing of annual celebrations for the children dancing in the club and their parents and others.
Director and choreographer of the club is: Tsvetanka Gavrilova-Ivanova.
Participation awards 2014 .:
• participation in a qualification dance tournament for entitlement to participate in the World Cup dance-2014. Specheleni six quotas and qualified for participation in the Republic of Portugal.
• participation in the International Day of Dance -pl.Makedoniya.
• participation in the annual awards "Teacher of the Year" 2014
- Participation in an event dedicated to International Children's Day.
-National Youth Festival "Together Under The Rainbow" .Nagradeni with a plaque and a trophy.
• participation in the 9th Youth Festival of Arts "Muses" -Sozopol.Spechelena first prize in the first age group.
• participation of the Club "Carat" in the opening of the Christmas holidays in Blagoevgrad.