In August 2015 we took our first steps as an independent charity, with a refreshed vision and determination to get more people dancing. Along with this, we are making some changes to our programme. While some classes will remain, others will be adapted, new ones will emerge and some will disappear from the calendar. Periods of change can be unsettling and I wanted to speak up to help you understand that this is not complacency, this is our attempt to move forward strategically – to expand our offering in new areas and to reach out to more areas of the community. We are in the process of widening our focus to better serve our communities in creative, dynamic and interesting ways, focusing on children and young people; families; older adults; vulnerable people; and hard to reach groups. Another area in which our practice is expanding is dance for health and wellbeing.
The bedrock of our charity is our community class programme. With classes for children and young people, adults with disability and those with specific health care needs we aim to provide access to dance in a large geographical area that is not typically well served by cultural offer. We will continue to develop this and while some classes have been suspended we are working on others to take their place.
We are also developing new projects, including a new touring show to schools, a performance group for adults with learning differences and community projects in Llandrindod Wells and Welshpool. Watch this space for news and opportunities to take part.
Our search for freelance dance artists and practitioners to help us deliver our vision continues - if you’re one and live in or around Powys then do get in touch!
We are committed to inspiring healthier, more imaginative and better-connected local communities through dance but to build higher we need to get our foundations right, so join us on our journey to get more people dancing in Powys.
If you have any queries or comments, I would love to hear from you.