Performance Opportunity this Half Term!

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.

English information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

English information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

Welsh Language information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

Welsh Language information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

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, or call 01597 824370

Out with the 'old', in with the new way of thinking about dance for the over 50's

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!

Photo by Paul Whittaker of Hide Productions on behalf of WWTP

Photo by Paul Whittaker of Hide Productions on behalf of WWTP

I was so delighted to be offered a free place for this day and pleased that I took up that offer. As a freelance practitioner the cost of a course can often be a disincentive – the cost has to be weighed against the earning potential along with the benefits to my practice.

This is also a subject close to my heart as I am becoming (okay already am) one of a growing number of older people. My own work has also gravitated towards the “older” organically – as I connect with and can relate to a certain age and time of life. My birth certificate informs me I am nearly 56 but on the inside I feel young but with a lot of hindsight and life experience. My hips and knees tend to disagree.

Living and working within a rural area means it’s easy to become isolated and insular so days like these are really important to connect with other practitioners, to give and receive support and inspiration. To be reminded that we are not alone.

The topic of dance for older for people covers a wide area and the presentations covered this both geographically across Wales and through their contents. We were taken on a journey that took us to an over 50s dance group, to work with the elderly and those with various stages of dementia, from those in care homes, to those in the community, to a lady of grace and eloquence of 104 years.

The stand out presentation for me was that of the cARTfreu Project.
Emma Robinson first gave us the background of the work that continues to evolve and looks across the whole area of support for staff within the homes and very importantly support for the artists as their work can have an adverse affect on their emotional wellbeing. Emma also spoke of the practical approach that the artists use to build connections between themselves and the participants and also between different homes.
Emma also spoke that their approach was not necessarily that of reminiscing but looking into the now, of being in the moment and the future. A pertinent reminder that as we age we are not just beings with a past but we are dealing with the current moment and may still have wishes and hopes for the future.

This was followed by a practical seated session led by the awesome Emma Thomas. Prior to the session she confided that she had been nervous of leading a group of her esteemed peers – they can be the hardest crowd to play to – but in this instance no worries. Emma led an interesting and inspirational session that I will definitely be able to use as a launch pad within my own sessions. From the music to the content to her engaging warm personality that shone through – she had us all in the palm of her hands!

The day began with Jemma giving us a presentation on the work of Dawns Powys Dance with older people. Some of this work was carried out prior to Jemma working with DPD – for me it was a trip down memory lane!
Following this we were taken on a trip around the country with presentations from Alyson Pugh and Lizzie Davies covering their Falls Prevention Programme within the community. We know that falls are killers – not necessarily immediately but the long term impacts. Alyson spoke of the practicalities of setting up the groups they work with – how to reach out in particular to the lonely and isolated. The logistics of dealing with large numbers and paying attention to gender impartiality within a group so as not to put off any gentlemen that attends. Although factual and practical it was delivered with warm anecdotal illustrations that brought home the importance of such work. Lizzie then spoke of the special training she and her colleagues have undertaken so that attendees are having real physical issues addressed and not just the enjoyment and emotional benefits.

Paul Whittaker presented his film of the work of Bethan Ryland that is part of her studies and research into her work into the benefits of dance within care homes. We were not the target audience of this film as Bethan went through the process of evidencing the benefits of her work through interviews with staff, relatives, and participants. This led to a discussion with Paul on filmmaking and how in collaboration you need to have a clear perception of what you are trying to achieve so the end product reflects your intentions.

The final presentation prior to lunch was from Dawns i Bawb which also included a taste of their interactive performance – currently work in progress. Catherine gave us the context and background along with funding struggles, collating evidence of the benefits. Catherine had a refreshing honesty in her appraisal of previous incarnations of the project – both positive and negative and how they’d realised that when they took themselves too seriously and became too abstract they lost connection with participants – after all if you’re not enjoying it you won’t want to go back for more.

A delicious (and healthy) lunch was accompanied by a delightful beautiful film of Eva’s starring a lady of 104 years – poignant and emotional, reminding us that at whatever age we are sentient beings.

Post lunch we were revived by the double Emma’s and rounded off the day with a practical session with Senior Momentum. A group of over 50s that meet regularly at the Dance Centre led by Carolyn Keown who put us through our paces while bringing out the Jets and Sharks in us!!

So overall what will I take away from this day?
The struggle for funding continues, with organisations continually looking for ways to evidence their work and validate their existence.
The great work being carried out across Wales, by inspirational and devoted people.

The day focused more on the more elderly and those in homes, those with dementia and the vulnerable. The new over 50s have very different needs. We are products of the feminist movement, sexual liberation, juggling careers, children and grandchildren. For those of my age we must never underestimate the mental and physical benefits of a good wiggle and a laugh. If it means we’re dancing, feeling good about ourselves and working those muscles that we will require for those hip and knee replacements – that’s got to be a good thing. I’d rather be wiggling than dusting!!

This day just reinforces how important the WWTP days are – a mutual forum for problem sharing and solving, building a picture, learning, connecting, and reinforcing good practice, inspiration and support.

Thank you Tracey, Rubicon and WWTP!

Photos by Paul Whittaker of Hide Productions on behalf of WWTP

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New Term News!

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!

Could you get on board with Powys Dance?

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.....

It is easy to imagine a board of trustees as our friends in Hollywood would have us see it; serious faces, dressed in serious suits, with decades of heaped experience and an absolute nose for business and profit. I had this in mind when Amanda first approached me to be a board member, I wasn’t ready to take this lofty move into strategic leadership, was I?!

For the first couple of meetings I sat fairly quiet and took it all in. I expressed an opinion from time to time but let others lead. Gradually I found my voice and my place within the group which, to my surprise, wasn’t solely within the remit of my day to day marketing job. We were working as a team and discussion is at the very heart of any successful collective working towards a common goal. Be that the structure of the organisation, the finances, the opportunities, the staff or a myriad of other topics in between.

What I discovered was that being a board member of Powys Dance is not weighted by age and business experience. It is OK and in fact, indeed important, to say you don’t understand something or you want something clarified. There is no need to be a part of every move, but to act as a measured voice adding to the discussions and decisions when you can and want to.

Eighteen months on, I have had the pleasure of not only watching Powys Dance blossom into a charity that has its staff, freelancers, participants and the wider community at the core of every decision that is made but I can claim to have been a part of the journey.

To those who are thinking of applying then I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the position - where you feel you lack you will find you will grow and if you want to make a difference, you will find you actually can. You will be surrounded by other passionate professionals, working towards connecting the people of Powys and beyond with this hugely beneficial, community-driven and fun art form.

We need more voices, in particular, those with a background or understanding of finance, legal, HR, strategic planning, IT or business operations. If you have worked in an art or dance environment that is fantastic but not prerequisite - we want varied voices.

Apply now, it’ll only take you 10 minutes and it will open doors and be a lot of fun

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.




Let's Jazz!

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.

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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.

Get Tappy!

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!

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Jukebox Collective in Powys

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 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.

Visit their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Webpage to find out more!

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. 

Spring Term 2018

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!


Adult Jazz Class

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!



Half Term and Beyond!

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

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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!

Cascade Dance Theatre

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

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For more information please contact 




New in November

We (or rather Polly) is about to make your Monday morning that little bit brighter with 2 brand new Yoga sessions to gear you up for the week ahead.

Starting Monday 13th November for 6 weeks at the Dance Centre, Llandrindod Wells.

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 Come for a rejuvenating morning stretch and start the week off well!

Rhigol - Dance in a Day!

On Tuesday 2nd August Beth will be taking over the COWSHACC in Welshpool for an exciting day of dance!

....But what IS Rhigol? And what do you do at a day of dance? Well, let us help de- mystify it all for you........

First and foremost, Dance in a Day is an exciting chance for your child to learn new moves and train their dance skills. Beth will teach some exciting choreography to teach to everyone that is not only fun and funky, but will help develop their dance knowledge It will aid them with skills to be creative with dance, enhance their dance ability, help with co- ordination, fitness, balance, it will give them confidence to think outside the box, make new friends and develop skills they didn't know they had - yup all in 1 DAY!

At Powys Dance, above everything we like to create fun experiences for children to get involved with, we like to aid their dance ability by having one of our professional dance practitioners guide them through moves, but mostly we like to aid them with the skills to get creative with their movement and to offer them that safe space to do so.

So our top 5 things you can expect your child to gain from just 1 day with Powys Dance is;

1. Creativity

2. Confidence

3. New Friends

4. Summer memories

5. Fun and Laughter

Don't delay to book your spot, £10 for the day, see below for more information and book online now!

Last time we were in Welshpool!

Summer Summer Summertime!

Summer Summer Summertime!

That's right folks, the Summer holidays are right around the corner and we are so thrilled to be launching our Summer programme! With workshops in Llandrindod, Brecon, Talgarth and Welshpool, we hope you'll find something to suit your little ones this Summer!

Animator Needed

Flying Atoms - the aliens

Flying Atoms - the aliens

Flying Atoms is an aerial dance and theatre production for 7 – 11 year olds and their families inspiring curiosity and wonder at the magic of physics.  After touring to schools in Powys in 2016, we are now off to Edinburgh this summer followed by a tour to venues and science festivals around the UK.  We are looking to work closely with an animator to create 3 x 2 minute animations that will be shown during the production via on-stage projections.  We would like you to animate two of our central characters (above). As visitors from another planet they will reflect on the action within the show to support science learning for our young audience.  We have a limited time frame. Ideally the animator would meet the team, see the set & costume & the show at rehearsals week beginning 3rd July (in Caersws, mid-Wales).  The animations need to be complete by 31st July.  Please send examples of your previous work, the number of days work you propose and your day rate to by Wednesday 28th June.

Ever wanted to take part in a professional dance performance?

Gwyn Emberton Dance

Gwyn Emberton Dance

In Gwyn Emberton's new show RAFT, five people, each with a different heritage and background, find themselves in a world far away from home, in a land they do not recognise, hearing a language they do not understand. As they realise their own otherness, against a backdrop of questionable politics, a half-hearted curiosity, and sincere compassion, the question about who they are is turned on its head.

Bringing together five of the company’s extraordinary dancers with a local cast, this powerful work combines searing choreography with a new soundtrack by sound artist Siôn Orgon, exquisite lighting by Aideen Malone (Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre) and surprising design by Becky Davies.

“Mesmerising and mercurial” – ASIW

“A standard-setter for Welsh dance” – Wales Arts Review

How can I be involved?

Gwyn Emberton Dance is looking for local people from age 14+, who might be interested in joining the company to perform their new work RAFT this autumn. Participants should be based in/around Aberystwyth, Newtown, Brecon, Llanelli, Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham, Caernarfon, Newport and Cardiff.

In exchange for a one day introductory workshop in September or October, participants will join the company on stage, as the local cast for the performance in their town/area.

What will happen at the workshop?

Participants will learn about the making of RAFT, and explore physical themes and ideas behind the work. They will also meet the rest of the local cast and members of the company.

What will happen at the performance?

The evening before the performance, the local cast will join the company on stage, learn what they will do in a rehearsal setting. The following afternoon/evening the local cast will join the company for a dress rehearsal and then the performance.

How do I sign up?

If you or your group are interested, please get in touch with Lara Ward at by or by phone on +44 7545 562524.

Teaser -

Strong volunteers needed!

Powys Dance and Everybody Dance are working together to bring aerial dance to Newtown.

We are moving into Ysgol Cedewain for a week-long aerial dance residency with people of all ages and abilities. 

We are looking for four strong people to help us with the rig on Sunday 18th June 1.00 - 2.30pm and Friday 23rd June 7.00 - 8.00pm.  We'd be ever so grateful for help with either or both rig sessions depending on your availability.  You can see the rig going up at

Expenses paid plus a pair of free tickets to the performance on Friday at 6pm.

If you are willing to help us make this magical project happen, please call Powys Dance on 01597 824370 or email

The rig