Professors on Tour - The Lowdown

Across two and a half years, Flying Atoms has reached over 4,000 people in schools, venues and at festivals in England, Scotland & Wales. We’re really proud of these big numbers but we’re really interested in what each individual took away from their experience of the show.


In 2016, Amanda Griffkin (Director of Powys Dance) had an idea to bring together dance and science to inspire children to enjoy both. Flying Atoms combined aerial dance, theatre, original music and an impressive set to open up the world of physics to children aged 7 - 11 and their families. One audience member in Cardiff this year told us,

"I brought my granddaughter in the hope that she would get interested in science and now she wants to fly!"

When the show visited Newtown in Autumn 2018 as part of a Wales wide tour, our producer Lauren Hussein visited a local school before and after the show to try to better understand the impact of the show on the little professors. She used the draw-a-scientist test, to see what gender the children saw scientists to be. Encouragingly (compared to other similar research) before seeing the show 33% of children drew female scientists. However we were really pleased to see that after seeing Flying Atoms nearly 50% of the scientists drawn were female.

We also measured increased confidence in being able to answer the key questions in the show such as…….

These 4 central questions in Flying Atoms when asked before the show, 65% of our focus group (7 - 11 year olds) said they felt confident they knew the answers. After the show this rose to 92%.

Along the way we managed to speak to audience members both young and old about the show and what they thought, here are some of our highlights…..

So it’s time to look at the numbers and the stats speak for themselves and who doesn’t love a infographic!

Our flying professors have truly taken flight across the country to inspire and delight audiences, if you managed to catch them we’d love to hear about your experience!

……and remember, never stop questioning!

Find Your Potential

Powys Dance is a charitable organisation that seeks to share the transformational power of dance as far and wide as possible, delivering dance sessions that are fun, creative and ! As we grow our participatory programme, we also need to expand our team of freelance dance practitioners.  We currently deliver weekly term time dance sessions to under 4s and their parent/cares, children, young people, adults, adults with disabilities and older adults across the county. Our programme is expanding quickly with workshops and classes delivered in community and school settings, and we would like to expand our team of freelance practitioners from September 2018.

We recognise that there are many routes through to dance teaching, and that’s why we would like to hear from you:

  • If you trained in dance years ago and are feeling rusty;

  • If you’ve come to dance later in life or not received formal training but are enthusiastic about developing your skills and practice;

  • If you have specialist skills in a dance genre but are seeking to broaden your practise;

  • If you’re a young dancer not formally trained but seeking a career in dance;

  • If you’ve got experience of leading aerobic or dance fitness sessions (e.g FitSteps, Zumba) and would like to enhance your creative dance skills.

There are also professional performance opportunities available, working on our science + dance touring productions.

What we can offer:

Training opportunities and mentoring support so that you can feel confident delivering sessions for Powys Dance.

We pay £26 per hour for session delivery, plus travel expenses.

For an informal chat and to find out more, contact our Participation Manager Louise Prosser on 07989 356690 or email louise@dawnspowysdance.org

Go on, make dance your life!

Performance Opportunity this Half Term!

An Eisteddfod dance performance opportunity this May with Powys Dance, a chance for anyone aged 7 - 11 years to perform throughout half term on the National Eisteddfod stage!

Book your child in to learn dances with us on May 12th and 13th in Llandrindod Wells to then perform at the Eisteddfod from 29th May - 1st June.

English information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

English information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

Welsh Language information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

Welsh Language information sheet for Eisteddfod Opportunity 2018

Added extras and reasons to book on.......

  • It's a FREE dance opportunity

  • If your child is already involved in the Eisteddofd they CAN still take part in this, it will not clash with competitions they may already be involved in.

  • A life experience like no other!

  • Being part of the National Eisteddfod.

  • Learning new dances, making new friends and having a wonderful half term experience.


Book your child's place now by emailing, louise@dawnspowysdance.org or call 01597 824370