Llandrindod

Movin' On is moving back a day!

Movin' On, our Llandrindod based arm of Powys Youth Dance Company, is moving from Wednesday to Tuesday, and at a new earlier time of 5.45pm to 6.45pm.  There are several potential performance platforms happening over the next few months, so if you're a young person who likes dancing and performing, then come along this evening to find out more.  

Movin' On performing

You can also pay for the term online here. 

Meet Us at the Barre?

We came across this article about unground ballet classes in Iran that's fascinating:

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/the-illegal-underground-ballerinas-of-iran

Dancing for pleasure is illegal in Iran. Hopefully the recent lifting of sanctions in Iran means that this might change in future.  It's a reminder of how fortunate we are that we can dance. 

I recently attended an adult ballet class at our base, the Dance Centre in Llandrindod Wells.  Led by Sara Poulson, who runs our in-house ballet school the hour long class is aimed at adults of any ability and experience as is only £4. 

Sara is adept at juggling the varied abilities, providing two versions of exercises to cater for all.  With its emphasis on strengthening and lengthening muscles in limbs and core it's a great option for those whose dodgy joints makes cardio difficult!

I had not expected the class to be such a stress-buster, but the gorgeous music, graceful movements (or attempts at!) and friendly group meant the hour flew by and I left feeling happy and energised. 

The class runs on Mondays weekly from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and you can just drop in. 

Hope to see you at the barre!

 

Adult ballet for all abilities.

 






Dawns Powys Dance Quick Steps Forward as Independent Charity with Launch Party

Having recently registered as a charity, we celebrated a new dawn with an energetic launch showcase on Thursday 17th September. The open door event was devised to celebrate the success of the past 30 years but also present a clear vision for the future.  In attendance were Chris Davies MP, Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cllr Barry Thomas, leader of the Council and a host of arts organisations and Dawns Powys Dance participants.

Two Llandrindod High students, Carys Power and Elleah Smith performed a duet, preceded by impassioned speeches made by Ken Skates AM, local business owner and Dawns Powys Dance trustee Elwyn Davies, Amanda Griffkin, Director of Dawns Powys Dance and Cllr Graham Brown, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture at Powys County Council.

In his speech Ken Skates AM said, “It is a pleasure for me to be here today at the launch of Dawns Powys Dance as an Independent Charitable Organisation, as it moves forward on the next stage of its journey as one of Wales’ most exciting and reinvigorated dance companies.”

The Minister went on to comment, “The transition that you have gone through in moving from an in-house service to a charity is something that a number of other authorities in Wales would do well to look towards. You should really congratulate yourselves.”

The transformation from Local Authority-run service to an independent Charitable Incorporated Organisation has taken over a year, to ensure the smooth transition which would enable  Dawns Powys Dance to commit to continuing to deliver classes, performances and exhibition dances without interruption.

Jennifer Owen-Adams, Director of Teach First Cymru and Chair of the Board of Trustees comments:

“Since the very first board meeting we have been driven by a shared vision to ‘get more people dancing’, we have approached each task with that in mind.  We’ve also been working closely with the Director Amanda, key stakeholders, Powys County Council, Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations and independent consultants, which has enabled us to make a great leap forward in the organisation’s history.  We are united in our desire to continue to provide opportunities for more people to make, create and watch dance together as families, as communities, as friends and as schools.”

The launch was followed by the announcement that Dawns Powys Dance has been included in the provisional portfolio of Revenue Funded Organisations (RFOs) drawn up by the Arts Council of Wales, for the period 2016 - 2019.

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Sevens at the ready......it's all about Strictly Sunday!

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We at Powys Dance have received so many phone calls recently enquiring about Ballroom dance sessions, and have been trying to find a local tutor. Step up Theresa Godmon from dance2gether who will be leading two workshops, the first an introduction to Ballroom, followed by beginners Latin. Theresa teaches throughout Powys, offering a 'Strictly' experience and an opportunity to learn a skill that will stay with you for life. So if you've ever fancied trying a few moves from Strictly Come Dancing or want an excuse to shake those hips for a few hours then this is the workshop for you!

PLUS......

For those dancing Mums and Dads of Powys we will be providing a free creche, so leave those childcare worries at the door! While you're busy two -stepping and twirling, your children will be looked after and kept entertained by our fabulous friends at Play Radnor, what more could you wish for?

STRICTLY ON A SUNDAY