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 https://youtu.be/4GD5oCWmKlY

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 lauren@dawnspowysdance.org

The rig

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. 

National Dance Company Wales @ The Hafren: Class + Performance

We've been getting to know the lovely team at National Dance Company Wales, and have been talking to them about some of the issues around dance development in rural mid Wales such as how do you maintain your body and your practice?  If you're based in Cardiff you can attend Groundwork Pro classes and network regularly with other dancers.  It's more difficult here where you might be 40+ miles from the nearest performance venue.  

So when NDCW offered to deliver a professional class when visiting the Hafren in Newtown we began biting their hand off! But their amazing offer doesn't end there - the deal is you get a two hour professional class plus a ticket for their new show FOLK, all for just £6! Just quote POWYS DANCE SPECIAL when calling the Hafren on 01686 614555. 

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!

Can we dance Dahl?

Just back from a meeting with the lead dance artist on our Dahl Dances family summer school in the Oriel Davies park, Newtown.  It was thrilling to see check the park out, and discover some great nooks and crannies for dancing fun! 

When we ask people what they'd like to us to do, they mostly say "things that we can do as a family, that are cheap and free!" - so hear it is, a week long dance project, outdoors, that you can do with all the family; that is indeed, FREE!

We've very pleased to be welcoming Sean to Powys - he shares with us a passion for collaborating with participants to make a unique creative works.  We're hoping that by the end of the week we'll have created some sort of performance in the park. 

We're also glad to be partnering Oriel Davies on this project, and during the summer, their own art workshops will be making masks and props for our performance.  We cannot wait!  If you think you'd like to join us for the week beginning Monday 22nd August, then find out more and book online here

Lead artist, Sean King. 

Lead artist, Sean King. 



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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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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Summer is getting exciting!


Our courses are booking up fast, and Jemma has been busy working on some cracking choreo to keep everyone entertained and on their toes. Altogether now, "Money on my mind! Money on my mind!"

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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

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 amanda.griffkin@powys.gov.uk.

I wneud cais ewch i www.powys.gov.uk/swyddi (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 amanda.griffkin@powys.gov.uk 

To apply please visit https://recruitment.powys.gov.uk/

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


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

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.

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