creativity

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

The Stars at Night, are Big and Bright...

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...deep in the heart of Wales! Since we were awarded a Wales Commission for People Dancing, the International Event, for Foundation for Community Dance, we've been waiting for this - our visit to Elan Valley and a chance to see the dark skies of Powys for ourselves! Tomorrow, three members of Senior Moment(um), five PYDC-ers, a choreographer/director, composer, a film maker and two of the Powys Dance team all converge at Elan Valley Lodge for a weekend of making dances and soundtracks, telling stories, filming (both stars and people). And we can't wait!

What is Under Dark Skies?

jo and filipe introsUDS is an ambitious community dance project: Joanna Young, a Cardiff-based dance artist with extensive experience of working with communities across Wales and producing her own professional work, will work with participants from Dawns Powys Dance. Joanna will collaborate with Portugese composer Filipe Sousa and British film maker Simon Clode. The creative team will be working to create a movement installation using the Dark Sky Zone and Dark Sky Reserve status given to areas of Powys as their stimulus. The status awards recognise the low light pollution in the area making for excellent visibility of star constellations.

Joanna will work with a cast combined of young people from Powys Youth Dance Company and older people from Senior Moment(um). Working directly with the three collaborators, the participants’ stories will be reflected through the installation with film, sound and their own live performance.

Through this collaborative researching and devising process, Joanna is looking to develop her own practice and the participant creative process beyond the typical choreographic and performance experience they have each been through before. The work will be presented two or three times at People Dancing to allow a larger number of delegates to experience it, and the ‘dress rehearsal’ of the work will be opened to a audience of participant family and friends / public in Llandrindod Wells in advance.

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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...

An Introduction To Play - play and creativity

When we are asked to recall some of our fondest childhood memories involving play, the answers that Dyfodol Powys Futures workforce development officer, Louise Bell, hears in response time and time again, are never too dissimilar from one another. Whether it’s climbing trees, making secret hideouts or creating our own fairy tales, there are certain elements that are important to the nature of play which will contribute to our development as adults.A quick group task involving a lot of loo roll and wrapping ended up with one Iain and one Beth looking a little mummified shall we say. However this amusing task presented itself with a rather important message; when we are wrapped up in cotton wool (or loo roll in our case) it restricts us from continuing with our everyday life. How can we expect children to grow and develop if they are constantly wrapped in a tight blanket of security?

The nature of play relies on two primary principles . The first is that all children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well-being of individuals and communities. The second is that play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons. The elements involved in encouraging successful play include:

D evelopement R isk I ntervention V itality E xperience S afety

The question for us now is how we can link this training into our teaching approach within Powys Dance? How can we combine the freedom inherent within the nature of play along with the structure and learning outcomes that, as practitioners, we so often have to adhere to. Is it a matter of approaching creative tasks as a matter of play? After all... creativity is..

And to finish, here’s a short heart-warming video which (unintentionally) is a great example of play. Can you spot any of the principles mentioned previously that are demonstrated within the video?

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For more information on Dyfodol Powys Futures please visit http://www.dyfodol-powys-futures.org.uk/