contemporary dance

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. 

Y NYTH / THE NEST Launches

My tight muscles tell me some dancing happened last night.  Y NYTH launched with a workshop led by Elena and Ed from National Dance Company Wales.  

Most of the group who attended are dance practitioners who work with us to deliver our programme of regular classes in schools and in the community, so it was lovely to see them dancing for themselves.  

Elena and Ed taught us some repertoire from Profundis, one of the pieces they'll be performing at Theatr Brycheiniog on Monday - we're looking forward to seeing it in its full glory! 

In the meantime you can watch our attempt 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. 

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. 

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...

Kayleigh's visit to the NDTA Conference 2013: 'Moving On: A New Era for Dance in the School Curriculum'

On the 23rd of November, Kayleigh our Welsh Language Apprentice Dance Practitioner travelled up to London to attend the annual National Dance Teachers Association Conference. Here’s what she had to say about the day…  Up bright and early on a fresh and frosty London morning, I couldn’t wait to spend the day in the ever fascinating Laban building, attending workshops and talks, gaining more knowledge in a field I’m keen to progress and pursue post Powys Dance apprenticeship.  Morning class was up first, fast paced contemporary! It was a highly refreshing class with clarity and precision both in structure and delivery. Also used were some great examples of music choices that can help accentuate the purpose of particular exercises. Fast paced it most definitely was, before I knew it the hour and half had flown by.  Now that I was all limbered up and feeling energized I was ready for the day ahead.   

With the NDTA Celebrating its 25th Birthday it would have been easy for the conference to look back on its success, however, the focus was aimed at looking toward the future and how dance can continue to thrive in education.   Due to the changes to the national curriculum, through keynote presentations, we were able to gain a deeper understanding of what implementations can be made to adhere to these curriculum changes for best practice in dance education. A particular highlight was guest speaker Geoff Barton, head teacher at King Edward VI School, Suffolk.  His passionate speech about the central importance he places on dance in schools left all attendees inspired about the possibilities of what we can deliver as teachers, artists and thinkers. Where so much of education is seen to be measured almost robotically by following criteria, assessment and examination, the importance of encouraging an enriching, creative and imaginative experience within schools is being underrated and more importantly, undervalued.  Despite his enthusiasm and positivity, Barton did not ignore the issues surrounding dance on the curriculum either. Needless to say, Michael Gove’s name cropped up once or twice. With the constant challenges and questions that dance continues to face to prove its purpose and worth, there was one quote mentioned within the speech that stood out and resonated through and above all else, reminding us that even in times of difficulty, where there is hope there is faith. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars”  

After lunch it was time to get back into the studio for a class with Hofesh Shechter company dancer Chris Evans. It was a personal pleasure to have the opportunity to learn professional repertoire from Uprising (2006) and Political Mother (2010). I took away some complex exercises and phrases that will most definitely challenge the pre-vocational youth age range. In addition, hopefully it will give them a taste of a very particular style of movement that is so established within contemporary dance today.  It was time for seminar number 2 and on the agenda was ‘Teaching an 'outstanding' dance lesson using Ofsted inspection criteria.’ Presented by Judy Evans (Chair NDTA) and Sue Trottman (Dance Education Consultant) it was a highly interesting insight into the main features of what is considered as outstanding dance practice and also provided the tools to improve the quality of teaching and overall effectiveness of dance in schools.  

Finally, to end such a non-stop day was an inspiring performance of young people’s dance from around the London area. Four very different groups sharing one main commonality: their passion and enjoyment for dance. The level of commitment and dedication that the groups put into the performance was clear, not to mention the outstanding work on behalf of the teachers also.

Overall the day was both wonderful and insightful. I most definitely learnt a lot of new information which can be put into practise within my current position at Powys Dance. I look forward to starting 2014 with a fresh outlook on my teaching skills and the continued development of myself as a dance practitioner.   For more information or to become a member of the NDTA visit http://www.ndta.org.uk/  

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