Llandrindod Wells

Phoenix Dance Theatre - the anticipation!

We're counting down the hours now, til we welcome the incredible PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE to Llandrindod.  We found this film that is a joyous piece of British dance history - it's a 1984 episode of the South Bank Show that tells the tale of how Phoenix started.  

If this makes you eager to see what the company is doing now, join us this Saturday 25th March, 6.30pm at the Dance Centre.  You can buy tickets online here. 

Front of House Volunteers Needed!

Phoenix Dance, coming to the Dance Centre on 25 March 2017

Phoenix Dance, coming to the Dance Centre on 25 March 2017

From time to time we host visiting dance companies at our home, the Dance Centre in Llandrindod.  Over the coming months we have some great performances lined up, including Phoenix Dance on 25 March (you can buy tickets here)

We are looking for volunteers who can help support these shows, by assisting in the box office or as ushers.  In return, you'll get to see the shows for free! 

If you're interested, please contact Amanda on 01597 824370 / amanda@dawnspowysdance.org



Baroque Dance Workshop

We're delighted when we spot dance events coming up in Powys, and this one has us intrigued!  Border Marches Early Music Forum is holding a Baroque Dance Workshop at the Pavilion in Llandrindod Wells on Sunday 23rd October, 10am to 4.30pm.  We asked them to tell us more...

Baroque dance is considered the stylistic predecessor of classical ballet.  Learn the steps of the familiar baroque suite – minuet, sarabande, passacaille etc – and how they both dictate and reflect the emphasis and phrasing in the music.  If you play an instrument you will have the opportunity to experience this both as dancer and musician.
A harpsichordist, Baroque dancer and choreographer, Dr Ricardo Barros performs and teaches in the UK and abroad. Chairman of the EADH - European Association of Dance Historians - his published PhD thesis 'Dance as a Discourse: the rhetorical expression of Passions in French Baroque dance' has had international acclaim.

To book contact Lis Talbott on 01597 829072 / edavies@edavies.co.uk


New Term Ahoy!

Our own classes in Llandrindod Wells, Llanfair Caereinion and Llanelwedd start back in the week beginning Monday 12th September.  All classes are drop in - just turn up - or you can save 15% by paying for the term in our new online shop. 

We can't wait to get the dancing started again!

Sing Your Heart Out returns to D.C

We're looking forward to welcoming the SYHO singers back to the dance centre next Wednesday (14th September) at the new time 7:30pm. 

Natural Voice practitioners believe that singing is your birthright!

"Natural Voice is about celebrating the voice you were born with, rather than trying to train it to an ideal of perfection.  It's about building accepting, non-judgmental communities that sing together.  It's about welcoming all voices into a group without audition and working from there to make a group sound. It's about making learning by ear accessible to the whole group so that nobody needs to be able to read music."

Sing Your Heart Out is a friendly Natural Voice choir lead by experienced singing facilitator, song arranger and harmony fan Rosie McConnell.

"... is the highlight of my week. No matter how stressful life is, I try to make it to the sessions. Rosie is very professional.  We are a mixed bunch.  From those who can read music to those who don’t know what a 3rd is.  From those who can sing to those who can just about hold a tune.  Rosie eases us into singing sometimes complex four-part harmony and we don’t feel any pressure.  Just fun."

Pauline Bennett, group member. 

Gathering Senior Moment(um)

Senior Moment(um) is the name of our programme of dance for adults with 50+ years life experience, and this year we've expanded our classes into Welshpool. These are lively and varied drop in dance sessions for all abilities. The groups also enjoy socialising over coffee afterwards and the occasional performance opportunity in Cardiff!


Ballet at the Dance Centre


Also starting up again at the Dance Centre next week, week beginning Monday 8th September - BALLET! With Sara KnottMondays 4.30pm - 5.30pm Grade 5 Wednesdays 4 -4.30pm Beginners aged 3-5yrs / 4.30-5pm Primary class (5 years +) / 5-5.45pm Grade 1 / 5.45 - 6.30pm Grade 2 / 7.30 - 8.30pm Adults (suitable for all levels including beginners).

Call Sara for more details: 01982 552128 / 07932 741500.


Information on all the different Ballet sessions happening and when!

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Yoga at the Dance Centre


We had no yoga on at the dance centre last term and it felt like there was a large gap in our programme. Yoga has been used as a body maintenance tools by dancers for decades now, but more than that, it's a hugely popular method of maintaining both mental and physical well being in a fast paced modern world. (And honestly, life can sometimes get hectic even in beautiful rural mid Wales!) So we were delighted to be able to tempt Caroline away from her lovely studio in Llanidloes to lead a lunch time session on Tuesdays beginning 9th September, which will provide a revitalizing oasis of calm during the working day! Then Polly of Mountain Yoga Breaks fame approached us, asking if we'd have room for her evening classes, and we snapped her hands off! Starting Thursday 11th September she will be leading backcare yoga from 5.30 to 6.30pm and then from 6.30pm to 8pm Vinyasa Flow.

Whatever your level, come along - bring your mat if you have one (although we have a couple available at the dance centre).



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Opportunity knocks for young Powys dancers

Photo courtesy of Kitsch n Sync  

We're looking for PYDC members and other young dancers (13+) who love performing to take part in a project with Kitsch n Sync Collective during Powys Arts Month. Rehearsal takes place on Sunday 4th May at the Dance Centre in Llandrindod Wells with the performances (yes, 3 shows!) happening on Monday 5th May (Bank Holiday) in the grounds of Oriel Davies in Newtown.

If you'd like to take part then call or email Powys Dance on 01597 824370 powys.dance@powys.gov.uk

Here's a taster of the Kitsch gals in action:



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

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLbhul5czO0]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...

National Dance Company Wales - Autumn Tour Review

-By Kayleigh Prescott

When embarking on my move to London 3 years ago to undertake a degree in Dance studies, I knew that I would be relocating to what is known as the dance capital of the UK. It is only since my recent return back to my Welsh homeland that I fully realise how much dance was pretty much available on my front door step. With the luxury of being able to watch live dance performance pretty much any day of the week, whether it was at Sadlers Wells, The Place, Roehampton’s Dance diary performances or even the streets of London (the list is endless) I was pretty much surrounded by dance whenever I chose to do so. Now however, in depths of Powys, Llandrindod Wells to be exact (or ‘Llandod’ as I have come to know the local lingo!) I no longer have such privileges. It is now a little bit more of a mission to find live work that doesn’t involve travelling for hours on end. So of course when I seen that one of my favourite repertoire companies, National Dance Company Wales (no biased opinion there, honest), was to perform their autumn tour in the nearest theatre, I wasted no time in booking my ticket and going to indulge in some top class dancing.

My first time to visit theatre Hafren in Newtown and I was curious as to see what kind of audience this highly acclaimed dance company would attract here in Powys. To my surprise, almost a full house. A widely varied audience of both young and old filled the auditorium. That will teach me for being so dubious about the dance enthusiasts that reside in Powys!

The evening was split into three sections, the first piece, ‘Virtual Descent’ choreographed by in-house choreographer and company dancer, Eleesha Drennan. Drennan transported us into her rather futuristic vision of the hope and faith that she holds within humanity. The added element of an on-stage staircase gave for fascinating visuals as the dancers ascend and descend into darkness. With a dramatic score written by resident composer Mark Bowden and recorded by BBC national orchestra of Wales, the dancers, robotic yet fluid, quirky but technical shift the viewers through the light and shade of the complications between the modern day and the future.

Onto the second piece and ‘Noces’ choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj saw a complete contrast in energy to that of ‘Virtual Descent’. A series of multiple shifting male/female duets saw the dancers throwing, chucking and plummeting themselves and each other across the space. The females, sharing the same malleable qualities as the bridal rag dolls used for props, are forcefully manipulated and moulded by their male counterparts. ‘Les Noces’ Stravinsky’s powerful and demanding score truly complimented the dancer’s immaculate precision and attention to detail providing for action packed and intense viewing.

The third and final performance of the evening was ‘Water Stories’ by Stephen Petronio. Being no stranger to choreographing for the company, this time around Petronio’s inspiration for the piece stemmed from the magical waterscapes and countryside that is so vivid to the Welsh heritage. The piece opened with a seamless duet by two physically contrasting female dancers. The difference in stature however, was juxtaposed with the identical intention and essence that the two shared within the space, which could have lasted for days! After two previous pieces that, in comparison to ‘Water Stories’, were somewhat bound and regimented, it was a relief to see both the audience and the dancers take more of a sedative approach to the performance. As the piece unfolded the lack of exactness and clarity that the dancers maintained as a collective only added to the effect of the intention of the piece, giving it an overall mesmerizing and absorbing feel.

The evening as a whole proved to be what I had expected from such a company who are now celebrating 30 years in the industry as an internationally acclaimed dance company. A definite 'worth a watch' triple bill. Exciting and raw are two of the many words that spring to my mind, I wonder what the people of Powys thought?

Back to school

The new academic year is here and we've sharpened our pencils, aired our legwarmers and are ready to get back to the office and studio to do Powys Dance business. Our classes commence the week beginning 16th September. We also have some new developments to report at the Dance Centre: new for this September is The Saturday Street Dance Club for 7 to 13 years at 10am. First session is Saturday 21st September, 10am. Come down to try it out and register your interest.  Session priced at £3 / £2.50 conc.

Also new for September is Adult Ballet class, suitable for 16+ , beginners and beyond! First session is on Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm to 8.30pm and is £4 a class. Now, where did I leave my tutu...?

Saturday Street Dance Club

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 – powys.dance@powys.gov.uk or Telephone – 01597824370

Want to join Powys Youth Dance Company?

If you're looking for something to do this half term, are 11+ and enjoy dance, then why not take part in our 3 day half term intensive, everyone is welcome! It will be held at The Dance Centre in Llandrindod Wells on:

Wednesday 31st October - Friday 2nd November

If you would like to get involved just contact us for more information. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Hope to see you there!

PYDC at U.dance