arts

What do the Youth do?

We have been working with our Builth Youth dancers to create their own duets this term, thinking not just about dancing with a partner, but using your partner to create and influence movement. Here are Meg and Caitlen starting to experiment with some ideas! [wpvideo tPgfM38E]

Builth Youth Dance, Mondays 5.45 - 6.45pm, at the Jubilee Hall, Llanelwedd.

Summer Activities/ Gweithgareddau Haf 2015

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It's that time of year again, summer is just around the corner, 6 weeks of freedom... so why not spend your summer with us and have loads of dancing fun!

With workshops across Powys for ages 0 - 18, you are bound to find something to suit your young ones this summer! With our exciting 'Haf Fun' mornings going on a mini tour around Powys this year, to our amazing opportunity, 'Fflwcs', for all those youth dancers out there, have a read on and book up!

DC BIG POSTER 2015 ENGLISH

DC BIG POSTER 2015 WELSH

Let's Dance is in 3 locations this year, Ystradgynlais, Welshpool and Llandrindod Wells!                  LETS DANCE TUESDAY 2015       LETS DANCE WEDNESDAY       LETS DANCE THURSDAY

Youth Dance: Fflwcs is our exciting opportunity for any Youth dancers out there to create a piece together to perform at the Eisteddfod 2015

YOUTH DANCE FFLWCS

Upbeat and Street is a day full of street dance for anyone 7 - 12 years!

 UPBEAT AND STREET 2015

Haf Fun goes on tour this year, in Llanfair Caereinion, Llandrindod Wells and Brecon, bring your little minis and join the fun! HAF FUN - WEDNESDAY    HAF FUN - THURSDAY    HAF FUN - FRIDAY

Booking is essential for all summer schools, but have no fear we have that covered as well, click below to fill in a booking form online.

English Booking Form

Welsh Booking Form

Alternatively, to download a booking form to print please click below

Booking Form

We look forwarding to dancing with you this summer!

For anymore details contact us via Facebook or email powys.dance@powys.gov.uk or call us on 01597 824370

Fflwcs 2015

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We are so excited to announce that we will be producing a Youth Dance platform at the 2015 National Eisteddfod in Meifod!

As part of the National Eisteddfod celebrations this year in Meifod, Dawns Powys Dance will be producing a Youth Dance platform, Fflwcs, to showcase groups from across Wales in celebration of young people dancing in Wales. This event will be held on Thursday 6th August during the national Eisteddfod in the dance tent and will be the first ever Youth Dance platform at the Eisteddfod.

So we are calling all youth dance groups in Wales to participate and be a part of this exciting platform, to celebrate youth dance in all its variety of styles and creativity. We would love to have a varied and diverse programme to showcase, and there is no better way to do that than by creating a show combining community youth dancers from all across Wales, to share the stage together.

We want to offer our youth dance participants an opportunity to share their work as part of a national event and create a platform through which youth dance can be celebrated, shared and at its grassroots be a non- competitive opportunity for dancers to perform and showcase their passion for all things dance.

If you would like to be part of this fantastic opportunity and event, download more information and guidelines here.

 Similarly if you have any questions or would like more information please don't hesitate to get in touch with us using any of the contact information provided. To apply and register your interest, please complete this online form 

Fel rhan o ddathliadau'r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol eleni ym Meifod, bydd Dawns Powys yn cynhyrchu llwyfan Dawns Ieuenctid, Fflwcs, i roi sylw i grwpiau o bob cwr o Gymru i ddathlu pobl ifanc yn dawnsio yng Nghymru. Bydd y digwyddiad hwn yn cael ei gynnal ddydd Iau 6 Awst yn ystod yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn y babell ddawns a hwn fydd y llwyfan Dawns Ieuenctid cyntaf erioed yn yr Eisteddfod.

Felly, rydym yn galw ar bob grŵp dawns ieuenctid yng Nghymru i gymryd rhan a chyfrannu at y llwyfan cyffrous hwn, i ddathlu dawns ieuenctid yn ei holl arddulliau a'i greadigrwydd amrywiol. Byddem wrth ein bodd o gael rhaglen amrywiol i'w harddangos, ac nid oes ffordd well o wneud hynny na thrwy greu sioe sy'n dod â dawnswyr ieuenctid cymunedol o bob rhan o Gymru at ei gilydd i rannu'r llwyfan.

Rydym am gynnig cyfle i'r rhai sy'n ymwneud â dawns ieuenctid i rannu eu gwaith fel rhan o ddigwyddiad cenedlaethol a chreu llwyfan i ddathlu dawns ieuenctid.  Mae hwn yn gyfle heb fod yn gystadleuol i ddawnswyr berfformio ac arddangos eu brwdfrydedd dros bopeth sy'n ymwneud â dawns.

Gallwch lwytho i lawr y Canllawiau yma

Os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau – bach neu fawr, os hoffech fwy o wybodaeth neu sgwrs am rai o agweddau'r dydd / logisteg, cysylltwch â ni yn Dawns Powys! Cofrestrwch eich diddordeb drwy lenwi’r ffurflen ar-lein fer hon. 

The Big Democracy

The Big DemocracyI was at a meeting recently where we were briefed on the priority issues for Powys Youth Forum. Two stood out for me - the lack of a democratic voice or platform for young people and their concerns and the difficulties in accessing the opportunity to take part arts & culture. At Powys Dance we grapple on a daily basis with being able to provide equitable access to opportunities to dance across a large, sparsely populated county.  We've also been wondering, at what point would public bodies be in breach of Article 31 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child? Where is that line in the sand?

Article 31 states:

  1. Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
  2. Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

At the same time, National Theatre of Wales put a call out for applications from Mid Wales for the next round of the Big Democracy Project, which explores how the arts can help people to engage with the democratic process. I spoke to the forum and we exchanged some ideas and decided to submit a proposal:

Does the lack of infrastructure, access and opportunity in rural Wales means that public bodies in Wales are in breach of article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Can we unite as One Wales to campaign for all children and young people to have the chance to access cultural life?

It’s austerity-related to some degree, however it is also deeper than that. It’s about how the whole infrastructure (transport!) doesn’t support children and young people to access activity. Moreover, there is a lack of recognition of the higher costs involved in creating opportunity in rural contexts. If you think this issue is important, then vote for us: 

http://nationaltheatrewales.org/big-democracy-project/mid-wales-proposals/one-wales

And tweet: 

#bigdemocracy #onewales 

If we win, will host an assembly event at the Dance Centre to launch the Radnor Fringe Festival. Our assembly will be designed and led by young people in Powys. 

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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

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