Powys Dance is a charitable organisation that seeks to share the transformational power of dance as far and wide as possible, delivering dance sessions that are fun, creative and ! As we grow our participatory programme, we also need to expand our team of freelance dance practitioners. We currently deliver weekly term time dance sessions to under 4s and their parent/cares, children, young people, adults, adults with disabilities and older adults across the county. Our programme is expanding quickly with workshops and classes delivered in community and school settings, and we would like to expand our team of freelance practitioners from September 2018.
We recognise that there are many routes through to dance teaching, and that’s why we would like to hear from you:
If you trained in dance years ago and are feeling rusty;
If you’ve come to dance later in life or not received formal training but are enthusiastic about developing your skills and practice;
If you have specialist skills in a dance genre but are seeking to broaden your practise;
If you’re a young dancer not formally trained but seeking a career in dance;
If you’ve got experience of leading aerobic or dance fitness sessions (e.g FitSteps, Zumba) and would like to enhance your creative dance skills.
There are also professional performance opportunities available, working on our science + dance touring productions.
What we can offer:
Training opportunities and mentoring support so that you can feel confident delivering sessions for Powys Dance.
We pay £26 per hour for session delivery, plus travel expenses.
For an informal chat and to find out more, contact our Participation Manager Louise Prosser on 07989 356690 or email email@example.com
Go on, make dance your life!
Theatre Practitioner and freelance producer Lauren Hussein has worked with Powys Dance since 2016, successfully taking Flying Atoms into Powys schools and enabling it to take flight into the world of professional touring - see Flying Atoms in theatres across Wales this Autumn!
Last weekend she attended the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival of Outdoor Arts with a bursary from Articulture, in her own words read how this trip has inspired her thinking and ideas about outdoor performance.
Taking the Art Outdoors, Lauren Hussein
My parents took me to Covent Gardens regularly as a child to see the street performers. Growing up in London, seeing performance and art in public places was fairly normal. However, this weekend I was watching not only as a spectator but as a maker too. Being able to see the amount and variety of outdoor arts on offer at Greenwich & Docklands International Festival with making in mind was overwhelming and made the performances all the more impressive. Thanks to Articulture for making this trip possible.
I want to highlight five key characteristics of outdoor arts that became clear to me this weekend, and that I’ll be taking forward in my producing role with Powys Dance.
RoboPole presented by UliK Robotik was an example of precision and simplicity. A 10-minute performance displaying outstanding skill, making the audience gasp and turn to each other with raised eyebrows. The performer and robotic arm were perfectly in sync, and if I’m correct that it was all pre-programmed, the performer’s precision in standing at exactly the correct point over and again to interact with the machinery was so interesting to watch. Although the development must have been detailed and the subtext could be discussed for hours, the piece itself was simple and concise.
An obvious trait but one that becomes all the more significant when you set out to make is that there is no backstage, there’s no hiding, everything is laid bare. Many companies make this a focus of their work. I loved to see this embraced by Helen Eastman Production’s Bicycle Boy, and Dip by Max Calaf Seve. In Bicycle Boy, we saw the wires and audience members provided the pedal power; seeing the way things work was at the heart of the show. The Dip soundtrack was made in collaboration with the audience. Words, crisp crunching and bottle popping looped as a backdrop to breathtaking trampolining.
The skill in looking like you don’t know what you’re doing is immense. I was lucky enough to get some overalls and make my way into the big white tent for Plock! presented by Grensgeval. To start, I really was tricked into believing I was going to watch someone simply paint for 55 minutes. It wasn’t until I became aware of the most beautiful and subtle soundtrack, I realised that every movement, moment of eye contact and mark made on the paper was perfectly choreographed. When watching Doble Mandoble’s La Belle Escabelle, it wasn’t the final balancing on top of a step ladder by your neck spectacle that was most impressive to me (although that was pretty jaw dropping!). It was the timing and skill required to make their intricate bottle and glass choreography look chaotic and wild.
Connection between the performance and audience is what many artists aim towards. However, this weekend, I realised again how this is dependent on the spectator’s subjectivity not only the quality of the work. Teatro So’s Sorriso’s was indisputably beautiful and faultless but I failed to connect emotionally (despite trying!). I saw in the characters’ interactions one last dance with life and when the male figure took the largest balloon I imagined it floating to the heavens. But he popped it and I realised that what I saw was not what was intended and my connection with the piece was lost. Conversely, a scratch performance by Flintlock Theatre at the HUB called Last Words wasn’t based on a subject I felt instantly connected with. However, the skill of the single performer in storytelling and including the audience, particularly through her eye contact made the work touching and compelling.
Lastly, seeing 14 shows across the weekend was a wonderful opportunity to really think about.........
This is probably best exemplified in the piece that I found myself thinking about for most of the long journey back to Wales. Rodadoras presented by Becky Namgauds could have been performed inside in terms of scale and production. Three dancers performing powerful and primal choreography in soil didn’t have to be under a tree in the corner of the gardens. So why should it be? Firstly, being situated outside added to the artistic vision. The organic movement coming from the earth amongst nature and against the backdrop of the sky heightened the performance, making it so much more interesting that had it been performed in a pristine black box with professional lighting and surround sound. Secondly and most importantly for me, there were people who saw that work that would not have seen it had it been performed at Sadlers Wells. The deliveroo cyclists that stopped to watch at the fence, the toddler who paused puzzled at the women kicking the soil and the little girl in the front row ‘face timing’ her dad to show him what he was missing. None of this would have been possible in a venue and that’s what its all about.
See Lauren's original blog here
It's no secret that Powys Dance has been actively looking for practitioners in North Powys to enable us to offer more sessions to more people and we are delighted to be working with Clara in Machynlleth to deliver some Big Fish Little Fish sessions, hwre!
Our sessions for 8 months - 4 years old and their parent/ carer offer your little one an insight into the diverse world of dance, giving them a free space to explore movement, rhythm, song and play. These sessions have also been known to support parents/ grandparents/ carers, giving them the confidence to be creative movers at home.
So if you are near the Machynlleth area join Clara for 2 dates this term and see what Big Fish Little Fish is all about!
We are currently undergoing a Capital Feasibility Study on our headquarters, the Dance Centre in Llandrindod Wells with award winning Liverpool based architects, Architectural Emporium.
The project is funded by Arts Council of Wales and is the first study undertaken by Architectural Emporium in Wales, who recently received a RIBA award for their Walk the Plank build in Salford.
Toby Wallis of Architectural Emporium says:
“Architectural Emporium are incredibly excited to be undertaking our first major commission in Wales with Powys Dance. The designs are in the early stages, but we are looking forward to transforming their existing building with some new and inventive interventions that allow a wonderful organisation to grow and thrive.”
The study comes at a pivotal point for us at Powys Dance, as we approach our three year anniversary as an independent charity having been a department of Powys County Council for over thirty years
Director Amanda Griffkin says:
“Since becoming a charity we have grown our dance activity across the county and the time is right to develop and update our base to reflect our new vision and ambition to get more people dancing.”
The Dance Centre is a 1930s church hall in the centre of Llandrindod Wells and is currently well used for dance activity, yoga, and other local community group activities - and is always the perfect space for an infamous studio selfie!
It was last refurbished in the 1990s, which converted the main space into a dance studio and performance space.
A little about our new friends, Architectural Emporium
Based on Hope Street, Liverpool Architectural Emporium is an architectural practice focusing on contemporary building design solutions across a range of projects including commercial, retail, residential, arts, health, education and hospitality. Our approach to each new commission is to work collaboratively with our clients to interpret their needs to deliver bespoke solutions for each site. See www.architectural-emporium.co.uk
2018 RIBA Award: Walk the Plank
2018 RIBA Emerging Practice of the Year: Architectural Emporium
2018 RIBA Client of the Year: Walk the Plank
Since 2016, Flying Atoms (aerial dance and science production) has toured to 24 schools, venues and festivals to an audience of 3,000 children and their families. This Autumn, the professors are heading back out on tour to six venues in Wales.
We are looking for a new member of the team to act as production assistant on the road. It’s an exciting and varied role so we’ll be recruiting someone with the right skills who could need additional training to take up the opportunity.
For a text version of the Job specification visit the Arts Council of Wales website here
Closing date: 11th June 2018
Contact: Production Manager Lauren Hussein at firstname.lastname@example.org // 07791 368 357
An Eisteddfod dance performance opportunity this May with Powys Dance, a chance for anyone aged 7 - 11 years to perform throughout half term on the National Eisteddfod stage!
Book your child in to learn dances with us on May 12th and 13th in Llandrindod Wells to then perform at the Eisteddfod from 29th May - 1st June.
Added extras and reasons to book on.......
It's a FREE dance opportunity
If your child is already involved in the Eisteddofd they CAN still take part in this, it will not clash with competitions they may already be involved in.
A life experience like no other!
Being part of the National Eisteddfod.
Learning new dances, making new friends and having a wonderful half term experience.
Book your child's place now by emailing, email@example.com or call 01597 824370
Powys Dance recently played host to delegates from across Wales for a CPD day organised by The Wales Wide Training Programme and Network - which is a consortium of community dance organisations in Wales that programme training for the dance practitioners we work with.
The day focussed on dance for the over 50's and how we can challenge, create and inspire with older participants.
One of our lovely freelance dance leaders Helen, or 'Helly' as some of you may know her, attended the day and has given her humorous and thought provoking insight on it, written with jollity and passion we couldn't help but share!
Photos by Paul Whittaker of Hide Productions on behalf of WWTP
With the recent weather situation it has barely felt like Spring let alone be it time to start our Summer Term of dance classes with you all, but here we are, with evenings getting lighter, and the hint of sun beaming in through the studio windows, we're excited to dance with you all the way up to the Summer holidays!
All adult dance classes start back this week, w/b 9th April!
This includes our brand new regular tap dance session for adults at the Dance Centre in Llandrindod Wells, every Tuesday 7 - 8pm. After a series of tasters we've decided to do a term of Tap Dance, so if you've ever wanted to properly give it a go or dabbled a bit when you were younger and would like to get back into it, this could be a great opportunity to start!
Carolyn, who runs the session is wonderful and is so excited to ignite your passion for Tap!
All Children's classes start back next week, w/b 16th April!
This includes our Big Fish Little Fish sessions for Parents/ Carers and their under 4's and all other Powys Dance classes for under 18's
Dance Centre Llandrindod Sessions
As ever please check with the individual tutor for start dates as some run throughout the year, others have termly breaks like us!
We have a new Yoga session happening on Friday evenings at the Dance Centre, 6 - 7.10pm led by a lovely instructor called May, see contact details below!
As ever, please get in touch if you want more information on ANY classes either led by Powys Dance or at the Dance Centre!
Here at Powys dance we are actively seeking new board members to join us as we look ahead to another year of dynamic and exciting community dance work in Powys, and beyond!
Before becoming a charity and before ever needing a board I think it's safe to say we held a rather outdated view in our minds of what a board of trustees was and looked like and I can imagine many of you reading this may think the same and that perhaps you're not trustee material yourselves?
Well that's where you could be wrong....
The glorious Jessie Barstow joined our board right at the very beginning and she is as you might say a 'first timer' (first time being on a board!).
We wanted her to give her own perspective on being a trustee for Powys Dance, and we adore the way she writes.....
So you won't just be becoming another lovely face on our board, (because they are rather lovely) but an integral voice in the shaping of Powys Dance, and an important member of the team.
Next week sees 3 weeks of adult Jazz classes at the Dance Centre in Llandrindod and we cannot wait to meet some new faces as we embark on another set of adult dance sessions!
There are so many wonderful dance fitness classes available in Llandrindod, and if you've been lucky enough to attend any of them you'll know they are delivered by some amazing instructors! We hope to be able to offer both fun and fitness in our adult dance sessions with a little bit of extra attention on both technique and style.
So if you're looking for a bit of uplifting fun with a mix of both fitness and technique, join us over the next few weeks as we take to the floor with Adult Jazz.
Don't you just love that glorious feeling of trying something for the first time and instantly loving it?
Well..... next Tuesday we've got our BRAND NEW adult dance class starting, and we're doing 3 weeks of Tap, and who knows, it could be the start of a crazy new tap dance love affair!
Carolyn is one of our ace freelance dance teachers, and she is so excited to be teaching adult tap for the next 3 weeks, she will try her best to cater to everyones tap ability, so if you think you might fancy it, why not come along to try it out!
The class is drop in, no need to book and don't panic if you don't have tap shoes, soft sole shoes will work just fine!
A very exciting start to the year at the Dance Centre for anyone aged 7 - 25 years.
We are super pleased to be housing Jukebox Collective in January as they hold auditions for their Performing Arts Academy for 2018.
Are you a young person who loves to perform?
Do you have a passion for street and urban arts?
Can you sing, dance or act?
If the answer is yes, then Jukebox Collective’s Performing Arts Academy is for you!
You will learn performance techniques, explore a variety of art forms and experiment with new creative ideas with other young people.
Applicants don’t need any experience but must be enthusiastic, possess a strong desire to pursue a career in the performing arts and a keenness to learn.
For more information or to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: ‘ACADEMY 18 APPLICATION’
Your email should include:
1. Why you’d like to join Academy including any experience you have of performing, singing and dancing;
2. Your full name, age and contact details;
3. The location you wish to audition at;
4. Your availability during 2018.
Auditionees will need to prepare a short 1 minute performance. Successful applicants will commit to classes every Saturday from 10am until 4pm in Cardiff and must also be available to take part in intensives and special workshops, trips, rehearsals and showcases during the half term and summer breaks.
Academy fees are £20 per session, but some scholarships are available for students who would otherwise be unable to afford annual fees, along with travel expenses. These will need to be applied for and will be awarded on individual merit.
Jukebox Performing Arts Academy is an artistic development programme for aspiring young performers aged 7 – 25 years old, launched in 2015. The Academy includes a diverse programme of activity that supports and nurtures talented individuals with a variety of artistic passions. With access to a high level of training and facilities, students have the opportunity to build a strong foundation for a professional career.
2018 is here!
We want to make this year memorable, we want to say yes to brave opportunities, be bold and above all enjoy ourselves, and we want to encourage you to do it all with us!
Our new term starts on Monday 15th January, with all our sessions starting back that week for an exciting 9 week term.
If you've often thought about coming along to a class there is no better time to start than now, perhaps for you or your child, neighbour or friend, whoever you know, let them know!
This is Powys Dance, pass it on!
North Powys Classes
You can drop in to any session or give us a call if you have any queries, we love to talk about dance!
South Powys Classes
Mid Powys Classes
NEW For 2018!
After a successful series of adult dance taster sessions last term we are pleased to offer a regular adult dance class starting Tuesday 23rd January. We kick things off with 3 weeks of tap dance for any budding tappers out there! 7 - 8pm at the Dance Centre, £4/£3.50 per session!
If any of the above take your fancy then don't hesitate to get in touch!
If there is a session you like but it's not in your area then it's always worth dropping us a call, we are always looking to set new sessions up if the circumstances are right!
Join us for our last adult dance taster session this term.
This time it's all things JAZZ, or should it be ''all that Jazz"!
A dance style which is often hard to define (when it comes to dance, we sometimes think this is a good thing!) however it's hard to then explain exactly what it is.....
Well we're not here to define Jazz dance but we spoke to Jemma and asked her a few questions about what she's planning on doing for the workshop, to hopefully de-mystify it a bit for you!
"Jazz for me was very indulgent, always in class I would feel extremely free, in the sense that if I ever got a step or a flick, or an arm wrong (which was more often than not when I was a little younger) I could always 'style' it out, find my way back in and totally indulge myself to the music. It didn't matter if I was a beat behind, or my leg wasn't as high as everyone else, Jazz for me was about putting my own spin on it, enjoying the performance of it rather than worrying about getting it right. So I guess in terms of the workshop, expect kicks and flicks with a little footwork, we will be creating sharp lines with a bit of hip, not to fast, not to slow and MAYBE a prop but most of all we will be trying it all out together and having a good time! "
"For anyone coming to the session I hope they have fun, I hope they feel what I feel when I'm dancing, I want anyone there to appreciate the style of dance Jazz is but to totally run with it and have fun, music is key for me with Jazz so the pressure is on to pick some top tunes!"
Jemma Louise, Dance Practitioner.
Come along and try it out next week, experience Jazz dance in all its glory!
We have the brilliant Cascade Dance Theatre with us at the Dance Centre for a week, beginning 6th November.
As a result, it means that some of our sessions and regular classes are taking a 2-week half term.
So we thought it only fair to make sure everyone knows when, where and whether their session is on, changed venue or having a week off....if you're with us so far, bravo!
Big Fish Little Fish in Llandrindod!
Halloween special on the 1st November then a week off, with the next session after that on Wednesday 15th November
The Dance Centre, llandrindod wells
ALL our Dance Centre sessions are cancelled from 6th - 12th November, that's all Powys Dance classes, Ballet, Yoga. Choir etc. Normal service will resume as of Monday 13th, with brand new Yoga sessions to boot, wahoo!
Pilates and FitSteps are being relocated to Howey Village Hall on Tuesday 7th and Friday 10th November, please contact Lucy should you need further details, 01597 860464
Saturday Street Dance Club will run as normal on 11th November, see you there!
The only exception will be Movin On, our Llandrindod Youth Group as they will be enjoying a fabulous workshop with Cascade themselves, same time as usual class and the only one at the Dance Centre.
Builth Wells Classes
Our sessions at the Llanelwedd Jubilee Hall will also be taking a 2-week half term, so the next session will be Monday 13th November - enjoy the extended break folks!
North Powys Classes
Tuesday Dancing will be taking a 2-week half term, next session for this class will be Tuesday 14th November. All other sessions in North Powys will resume straight after half term, week beginning 6th November
South Powys Classes
Big Fish Little Fish in Talgarth will be back on Tuesday 14th November, all our other sessions will resume straight after half term, week beginning 6th November.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you need clarification about your particular class.
Diolch Yn Fawr Pawb!
We are really excited to be hosting Cascade Dance Theatre at the Dance Centre this November for a week of R+D
The company will be here to research their new show for Autumn 2018, a show delving into the world of Mary Shelley and most notably her work, Frankenstein.
While they are in residence with us they are offering opportunities for the local community to get involved, offering both an open class throughout the week to local practitioners/ dancers and a chance for youth dancers to get a taste of how the company works in a one off workshop on 7th November 5.45 - 6.45pm. All at the Dance Centre, Llandrindod LD1 5HE
For more information please contact email@example.com