Video edit of PYDC's 'What Feels Real?'

[youtube=]A short clip of the piece made for the U.Dance Wales platform 2014 at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. The 13 dancers worked over an intensive period of 3 days to create this piece. We hope you enjoy watching! More images and videos of our rehearsal process to follow shortly...

Kayleigh's visit to the NDTA Conference 2013: 'Moving On: A New Era for Dance in the School Curriculum'

On the 23rd of November, Kayleigh our Welsh Language Apprentice Dance Practitioner travelled up to London to attend the annual National Dance Teachers Association Conference. Here’s what she had to say about the day…  Up bright and early on a fresh and frosty London morning, I couldn’t wait to spend the day in the ever fascinating Laban building, attending workshops and talks, gaining more knowledge in a field I’m keen to progress and pursue post Powys Dance apprenticeship.  Morning class was up first, fast paced contemporary! It was a highly refreshing class with clarity and precision both in structure and delivery. Also used were some great examples of music choices that can help accentuate the purpose of particular exercises. Fast paced it most definitely was, before I knew it the hour and half had flown by.  Now that I was all limbered up and feeling energized I was ready for the day ahead.   

With the NDTA Celebrating its 25th Birthday it would have been easy for the conference to look back on its success, however, the focus was aimed at looking toward the future and how dance can continue to thrive in education.   Due to the changes to the national curriculum, through keynote presentations, we were able to gain a deeper understanding of what implementations can be made to adhere to these curriculum changes for best practice in dance education. A particular highlight was guest speaker Geoff Barton, head teacher at King Edward VI School, Suffolk.  His passionate speech about the central importance he places on dance in schools left all attendees inspired about the possibilities of what we can deliver as teachers, artists and thinkers. Where so much of education is seen to be measured almost robotically by following criteria, assessment and examination, the importance of encouraging an enriching, creative and imaginative experience within schools is being underrated and more importantly, undervalued.  Despite his enthusiasm and positivity, Barton did not ignore the issues surrounding dance on the curriculum either. Needless to say, Michael Gove’s name cropped up once or twice. With the constant challenges and questions that dance continues to face to prove its purpose and worth, there was one quote mentioned within the speech that stood out and resonated through and above all else, reminding us that even in times of difficulty, where there is hope there is faith. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars”  

After lunch it was time to get back into the studio for a class with Hofesh Shechter company dancer Chris Evans. It was a personal pleasure to have the opportunity to learn professional repertoire from Uprising (2006) and Political Mother (2010). I took away some complex exercises and phrases that will most definitely challenge the pre-vocational youth age range. In addition, hopefully it will give them a taste of a very particular style of movement that is so established within contemporary dance today.  It was time for seminar number 2 and on the agenda was ‘Teaching an 'outstanding' dance lesson using Ofsted inspection criteria.’ Presented by Judy Evans (Chair NDTA) and Sue Trottman (Dance Education Consultant) it was a highly interesting insight into the main features of what is considered as outstanding dance practice and also provided the tools to improve the quality of teaching and overall effectiveness of dance in schools.  

Finally, to end such a non-stop day was an inspiring performance of young people’s dance from around the London area. Four very different groups sharing one main commonality: their passion and enjoyment for dance. The level of commitment and dedication that the groups put into the performance was clear, not to mention the outstanding work on behalf of the teachers also.

Overall the day was both wonderful and insightful. I most definitely learnt a lot of new information which can be put into practise within my current position at Powys Dance. I look forward to starting 2014 with a fresh outlook on my teaching skills and the continued development of myself as a dance practitioner.   For more information or to become a member of the NDTA visit  

Youth Arts: Young People’s Survey

Please find below a link to an online survey for the Arts Council of Wales Celebration of Youth Arts Feasibility Study. The surveys will allow young people to give their opinion on whether there is a need to further celebrate youth arts in Wales and how this could be achieved. A similar survey for practitioners will be distributed in the next few days. Fully completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw. A winning name will be randomly selected in July 2013 and the winner can choose either an iPod Shuffle, or voucher worth £50 to be spent at either WHSmith or iTunes.

To fill in the questionnaire, click on the following link:

 Surveys must be completed by 08/07/2013

Prentisiaeth Ymarferydd Dawns Cymunedol Iaith Gymraeg / Community Dance Practitioner Apprenticeship, Welsh Language

Prentisiaeth Ymarferydd Dawns Cymunedol Iaith Gymraeg   Swydd llawn amser, cyflog £12,145 y flwyddyn

Cytundeb blwyddyn, yn dechrau Medi 2013 wedi’i ariannu gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru  

Cwmni dawns proffesiynol addysgol a chymunedol yw Dawns Powys sydd wedi’i leoli yng nghalon Canolbarth Cymru wledig.  Mae ein tîm craidd o bedwar Ymarferydd Datblygu Dawns yn cyflwyno rhaglen o ddosbarthiadau cymunedol, perfformiadau addysgol a gweithdai, hyfforddiant i athrawon a phrosiectau creadigol ar draws sir eang Powys sy’n brin ei phoblogaeth.  Rydym yn gweithio trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg, Saesneg ac yn ddwyieithog. 

Ar hyn o bryd, rydym yn chwilio am brentis ymarferydd dawns llawn amser.  Bydd y brentisiaeth yn rhoi’r cyfle i chi ddatblygu eich sgiliau yn y gweithle wrth i chi gysgodi ein hymarferwyr dawns, yn ogystal â datblygu eich arferion eich hunan a’ch paratoi ar gyfer eich gyrfa ar ôl i chi gwblhau eich prentisiaeth. 

I fod yn gymwys i wneud cais bydd angen eich bod :

  • Newydd raddio mewn dawns (neu faes tebyg)
  • Yn siaradwr Cymraeg rhugl
  • Yn yrrwr
  • Yn angerddol am ddawns gymunedol

Os hoffech chi gael rhagor o fanylion neu i gael sgwrs anffurfiol cysylltwch ag Amanda Griffkin (Rheolwr) ar 01597 824370, neu anfonwch e-bost at

I wneud cais ewch i (bydd y swydd yn cael ei hysbysebu ar y safle o 2 Mai 2013; y dyddiad cau ar gyfer y swydd yw 31 Mai 2013).



 Community Dance Practitioner Apprenticeship, Welsh Language  

Full time post, salary £12,145pa

One year contract, commencing September 2013 funded by Arts Council of Wales.  

Powys Dance is a professional community and educational dance company based in the heart of rural mid Wales. Our core team of four Dance Development Practitioners deliver a programme of community classes, educational performances and workshops, teacher training and creative projects across the large yet sparsely populated county of Powys. We work through the medium of Welsh, English and bilingually. 

We are currently seeking a full time apprentice dance practitioner. The apprenticeship will allow you to develop your skills in the workplace as you shadow our dance practitioners, as well as developing your own practice and preparing you for your career post-apprenticeship. 

To be eligible to apply you need to be:

  • A recent graduate (or equivalent) in dance
  • A fluent Welsh speaker
  • A driver
  • Passionate about community dance practice

For further information or an informal chat please contact Amanda Griffkin (Manager) on 01597 824370, or e-mail 

To apply please visit

(the position will be advertised on the site from 2nd May 2013; closing date 31st May 2013).


NDTA Coference, Royal Opera House Saturday 1st December

On the 1st December I attended the National Dance Teachers Association 7th Annual General meeting at the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, London. This was part of Making It Happen, the future of dance for children and young people. This was a national conference organised by the NDTA in partnership with Youth Dance England, the Royal Opera House and the Dance Educators Group.I started of the day with a not so gentle contemporary class with Amanda Lewis who trained at NSCD 2 years below me, it was a great class and at a good pace, my only issue was that I was the only male taking part and this carried on for the rest of the day. I felt I was back in Gibraltar age 5 years old taking a Modern Dance session and being the only boy doing this sort of dance in Gibraltar. Session 1 of the day was a welcome meeting led by Judy Evans the NDTA chair, Clare Thurman & Jasmine Wilson Co Chairs Dance Educators Group. There were three keynote speakers, Linda Jasper Director Youth Dance England, Prof. Mick Waters Professor of Education Wolverhampton University and President of the Curriculum Foundation and Sally Manser Head of Royal Opera House Bridge. Session 2 was a performance; this was an opportunity to celebrate young talent in a showcase of primary, secondary and Youth Dance. Session 3 was the 1st of 2 workshops I took in the afternoon. This was a workshop on professional links and inspiration for creation with Hofesh Shechter Company; this was led by Hofesch himself and accompanied by 2 of his dancers Hannah Shepherd and Phillip Hulford. We did a lot of improvisation and looked at the basic rules he used to create Uprising: there is an outer space, and an inner space on stage, and there is a general feeling of trying to penetrate that space; dancers can come in and out to the inner space from any side of the stage including the back; there is a tension between ordered structure and a chaotic situation. In this we worked on decision making, editing refining and spacing. We finished off by learning a small section from Uprising which was great fun to do. I finally got to learn a way of moving from a choreographer I admire his choreography and movement. Session 4 the last session of the day was also Youth Dance practice, Storytelling narrative through dance. This was led by Bettina Strickler; the session was fun and very useful. I tried this format with one of my sessions and the results and response of my class was great. I think they were really surprised how much they achieved from one small idea. It was a good day one that I came back with loads of ideas for my own classes. Some ideas were new and some just refreshed my memory.


Dancers, Dance tutors and Dance companies of Powys...We Need You!

Calling all dancers, dance teachers and dance companies of all different styles of dance whether you're community based or professional!   Powys Dance is on the search for any dancers or dance teachers in the county as we are looking to build a picture of the dance community in Powys. We want to set up an informal network so we can all share information of upcoming events and activities with each other.

We are also looking to fill gaps in our provisions (we’ve had a lot of requests for ballroom!) and are looking to set up some new classes for anyone who is interested. So please send in your information to us to join this exciting new network of Powys dancers and dance tutors!

Contact us by Email – or Telephone – 01597824370

Dance classes in Brecon

Theatr Brycheiniog classes starting back  Tuesday 16th April
Pre-minis 4 - 7 year olds                  4 - 4.30pm Mini springers 7 - 11 year olds      4.30 - 5.30pm Smooth transitions 11+                    5.45 - 6.45pm
Classes are led by Iain and cost between £ 2.50 and £ 3.50 depending on age and concessionary rate. If you are bringing siblings, ask about our family concessionary rate.

Theatr Brycheiniog is on Canal Wharf in Brecon, LD3 7EW.

Tu Allan Tu Mewn

Thursday's are now quiet at Dawns Powys Dance HQ, as the team rove the county with our new performance piece for three to seven year olds.

Powys Dance’s TU ALLAN TU MEWN the innovative, new and inspiring interactive dance performance and workshop for foundation phase children is touring Powys over the Autumn Term 2012.

The performance is split in to four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, each followed by a short dance workshop based on the mini themes that the children recall.

TU ALLAN TU MEWN is available through the medium of Welsh, English or bilingually and is performed by two members of Powys Dance company both OUTSIDE and INSIDE whatever the weather!

If you're a teacher at a primary school in Powys who is interested in booking the show, then contact us - we still have some dates available.