Joon Dance are at Theatr Brycheiniog this August offering 4 days of dance exploration for young people aged 14 - 21 years. Taking time to look at the relationship between body and self, and physically giving participants a voice and a safe place to explore it.
In their own words Joon Dance explain a bit about this project, entitled 'TONGUES'
The tongue is where the brain and the body can be most tangibly felt to intersect. It is the muscle with which we express our thoughts. It is also the place where expression can be blocked, we may be tongue-tied. The word ‘tongue’ conjures up ideas like language, identity, and sense of self. It is central to communication and understanding; without language and self-expression how can we create healthy friendships and keep ourselves emotionally and physically safe in sexual relationships? These issues are vital to supporting young people to have a voice and to use it, and to have a body and use it, and to connect the two.
TONGUES is inherently Welsh and connects young people from rural (Brecon) and urban (Cardiff) environments addressing ideas and identities emerging from these different experiences. With TONGUES, we are targeting an age group (14-21 years) not often catered to with dance and performance, and where the young people's relationship with their physical body and with the idea of ‘self’ is transient, changing and evolving.
If you wish to book a spot for you/ your young person please follow the link
Joon Dance is a professional dance company based at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven. The company creates touring performances, specialising in performance for young people. High-quality dance in the community is at the heart of our mission: every work by Joon Dance includes an element of involvement with audiences and participants. As well as participatory dance projects for children and young people, we run intensive workshops year-round and provide training and mentoring for young artists developing their careers.
"Our goals are to bring dance to everyone - dance as personal expression, dance as activism, dance for health, dance to connect, dance for social change. TONGUES furthers our model of high-quality professional dance work in the community, working with a new age group (young adults aged 14-21) using a model of work devised over a number of previous projects and piloted in a small test last summer."
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.
In August 2015 we took our first steps as an independent charity, with a refreshed vision and determination to get more people dancing. Along with this, we are making some changes to our programme. While some classes will remain, others will be adapted, new ones will emerge and some will disappear from the calendar. Periods of change can be unsettling and I wanted to speak up to help you understand that this is not complacency, this is our attempt to move forward strategically – to expand our offering in new areas and to reach out to more areas of the community. We are in the process of widening our focus to better serve our communities in creative, dynamic and interesting ways, focusing on children and young people; families; older adults; vulnerable people; and hard to reach groups. Another area in which our practice is expanding is dance for health and wellbeing.
The bedrock of our charity is our community class programme. With classes for children and young people, adults with disability and those with specific health care needs we aim to provide access to dance in a large geographical area that is not typically well served by cultural offer. We will continue to develop this and while some classes have been suspended we are working on others to take their place.
We are also developing new projects, including a new touring show to schools, a performance group for adults with learning differences and community projects in Llandrindod Wells and Welshpool. Watch this space for news and opportunities to take part.
Our search for freelance dance artists and practitioners to help us deliver our vision continues - if you’re one and live in or around Powys then do get in touch!
We are committed to inspiring healthier, more imaginative and better-connected local communities through dance but to build higher we need to get our foundations right, so join us on our journey to get more people dancing in Powys.
If you have any queries or comments, I would love to hear from you.
We at Powys Dance have received so many phone calls recently enquiring about Ballroom dance sessions, and have been trying to find a local tutor. Step up Theresa Godmon from dance2gether who will be leading two workshops, the first an introduction to Ballroom, followed by beginners Latin. Theresa teaches throughout Powys, offering a 'Strictly' experience and an opportunity to learn a skill that will stay with you for life. So if you've ever fancied trying a few moves from Strictly Come Dancing or want an excuse to shake those hips for a few hours then this is the workshop for you!
For those dancing Mums and Dads of Powys we will be providing a free creche, so leave those childcare worries at the door! While you're busy two -stepping and twirling, your children will be looked after and kept entertained by our fabulous friends at Play Radnor, what more could you wish for?