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CASGLIAD 2017 - inspiring youth arts conference comes to Powys!

We've recently become members of Youth Arts Network Cymru, or YANC as its called for short and are already feeling the benefit of being plugged in to an energising network of youth arts practitioners and organisations in Wales, so imagine our delight when they announced they would be holding their next youth arts conference in Llandrindod, on Saturday 13th May!

Casgliad 2017 welcomes youth arts practitioners of any artform, as well as emerging artists, students and anyone interested in youth arts to come and explore the sector in Wales.  The day will include Open Space forum discussing the hot issues for youth practitioners; key note speech from Marc Jaffrey OBE on change, creativity and education and amazing practical workshops from the likes of CONEY

The day concludes with a Eurovision themed party at our venue own Dance Centre! 

To book your tickets (and join this vibrant network) go to www.yanc.co.uk

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.

Furniture Movers at Oriel Davies

Oriel Davies have been in touch with details of a great workshop opportunity for emerging artists and students who have an interest in performance art and dance. The workshop will take place on the 25th of September at the Wesley Methodist Church Hall in Newtown. 10:30am - 3:30pm, and will be led by Simon Whitehead. Furniture Movers A5 e-flyer 1 (1)

 

 

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

Ballet at the Dance Centre

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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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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:

http://vimeo.com/72256009

 

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/  

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?

Dis-COURSE Dance and Disablility

Iain, Rosie and Heidi went to the Dis-Course event, held on 19 September at the Riverfront in Newport.  It was presented by the wonderful special guest and dynamic ‘provocateur’, Caroline Bowditch, along with Darius James of Ballet Cymru and Helen Crocker of GDance. The event included two presentations to get us thinking about our current practice and future possibilities in dance and disability.  Darius challenged us to re-think our perceptions of ballet from an inaccessible, elite art form to ‘just another dance style’.  As such – why shouldn’t it be accessible?  Ballet Cymru traces its heritage from the heady days of the Ballets Russes which celebrated collaboration and individuality.  Surely dance and disability is about individuality and a person-centred approach to creativity in dance.  Darius has always sought to work with ballet dancers who express individuality as opposed to conforming to a particular mould.

Helen Crocker of GDance (Gloucestershire Dance) has partnered up with Ballet Cymru to produce Stuck in the Mud.  This is a site specific dance journey with a ‘stunning company of disabled and non-disabled professional dancers, musicians, and local community performers who bring historic surroundings to life’.  It has been performed at Hidcote Manor Gardens and Blackfriars in Gloucestershire and is due to come to Newport Victorian Market in November (12th and 13th).  GDance acting as a producer developed the concept and model and played the roles of liaising, recruiting and organising.  We were treated to a brief film giving a snapshot of the performance demonstrating just what can be achieved.

Caroline Bowditch then challenged us to come up with and then consider key questions in relation to dance and disability.  These centred around: progression routes for disabled dancers i.e. access to training and a professional career in dance;  the place for inclusive and discreet groups; joint responsibility for the progression of this work on local and national levels; addressing gaps in provision; developing partnerships, and what next for disability dance in Wales ….

The hope is that Stuck in the Mud can tour around Wales, hosted by different community dance organisations and sites as it travels the country.  From this day Powys Dance have started to develop ideas on how we can bring some of our diverse groups together to dance and possibly perform e.g. Powys Youth Dance Company could work with members of Me Myself Us, Friday Dancing could work with Dancercise.

We met lots of people from other organisations and were able to catch up with old friends and put names to faces.  A range of delegates included representation from Hijinx, Dance Blast, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Rubicon Dance, Sherman Theatre, Disability Arts Cymru, National Dance Company Wales and Bombastic.  Watch this space as Ballet Cymru may be resident in Powys at some point over the next three years partnering with us to offer you some exciting new possibilities.  A good day out and an opportunity to build new partnerships and think about new ideas.

 

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