Amanda Griffkin worked for Powys County Council’s Arts Service as the Manager of Powys Dance for three years and in that time worked through a review appraisal of the service leading to the recent transformation of Powys Dance into an independent Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
Amanda trained in dance at De Montfort University and went on to form TROUPE, a comedy dance company based in Manchester. At the same time, she worked as an freelance dance and physical theatre practitioner delivering workshops and projects to schools and groups.
It was through this work that she discovered an aptitude for project management. She was selected for PANDA's emerging producer scheme and was matched to Pigeon Theatre. Amanda went on to produce five shows for Pigeon. Other producing / project management clients included DanceSyndrome, Michael Mayhew, Quarantine, Whitworth Art Gallery and greenroom.
Amanda has a strong appreciation of the ways in which the arts make a difference to people’s live and she has wealth of experience of encouraging people of all ages and social contexts to develop skills, confidence and lifelong learning through the arts.
Jemma Louise Thomas
Project Co-ordinator and Freelance Dance Practitioner
Jemma specialises in youth dance and the delivery of our programme for young people in Llandrindod Wells & Builth Wells. She has been dancing since the age of three, learning Tap, Jazz and Ballet. In 2004 she undertook a BTEC in Performing Arts at Newtown College, followed by three years at the University of Plymouth where she completed her degree in Theatre and Performance, specialising in Dance. In 2012 she undertook an apprenticeship with Rubicon Dance in Cardiff, which led to freelance work for the company which she still does today. Jemma loves to teach street dance to all ages and is passionate about supporting schools to develop and deliver dance.
Freelance Dance Practitioner
Beth has been working as a dance practitioner for nine years. She has all taught all ages and abilities, but specialises in teaching in adult with learning disabilities and dance for people living with Parkinson's disease. She is an experienced teacher trainer and mentor to teachers in Foundation phase, Key Stage 2 and 3. Beth is always looking for new exciting experience and challenges in the dance world and is hugely committed to her community dance work which she is able to deliver in Welsh, English or bilingually.