So it’s time to dig out our jazz shoes and boogie on into another exciting term of Powys Dance Classes.
This blog is quite simply a one stop shop for all the information you’ll need to join us at one of our classes, the PERFECT link to share with your friends and family members to get them dancing too!
For anyone out there wondering when their class is back…..
A complete timetable of all our sessions, including price…….
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Powys Dance would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We've had a wonderful year filled to the absolute brim with all things dance! There's been performances, workshops, CPD opportunities, classes, taster workshops, mentoring and a tour!
We would like to thank you all for being part of it, whether you're a participant, audience, parent/ carer, partner, funder, contributor, collaborator, liker, sharer, mover or shaker, it's you that makes everything worthwhile!
We're looking forward to 2019 where Powys Dance will celebrate it's 40th birthday, we're planning some birthday events throughout the year as well as more opportunities to get people dancing in whatever way they want to!
All Powys Dance classes will start back between 7th January and 22nd January, please check our classes listing for when your class is back in the New Year!
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Tuesdays are busy busy at PD we’re here there and everywhere, from Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool to Llandrindod to Talgarth!
After a a super sunny Summer break the boys of Llanfair Caereinion are back dancing and have got off to a flying start and they are now actively looking to recruit some new members to join their weekly dance group at the leisure centre in Llanfair with Dance teacher, Beth.
The group meet every Tuesday during term time at 4.15 - 5pm and during their class they are able to explore all kinds of movement, from Street to Break, to learning clever dance tricks to refining their own dance technique. The session is fun and relaxed and let’s boys explore dance and movement in their own group, they also get a huge say in what they want to do, they suggest the songs and styles and Beth makes it happen!
If you’re North Powys based and think you may have a budding dancer on your hands but they’re a little resistant to join a dance group then this may be the session for them. Boys are welcome to join/ drop in at any point during the term and we totally encourage anyone who’s interested to get in touch, you can always watch the first session to see what it’s all about!
If you would like to talk to someone prior to attending the session then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01597 824370
New Term begins tomorrow 10th September and we are strapped in and ready to go, NOTHING excites us more than prepping our dance kit and getting ready to meet new faces and excitedly seeing familiar ones!
Sometimes the thought of updating and creating new posters is rather daunting but when you've got a fresh batch of Summer workshop images to choose from it's an absolute blast and to see them all together is colourful treat for the eyes.
So, these are ALL of our current community classes for Autumn Term 2018.
Please note: ALL of Carolyn's Powys Dance sessions start back w/b 17th September, so that's Senior Moment(um) Llandrindod, Senior Moment(um) Bronllys and Adult Tap in Llandrindod!
Now, there are dance in education sessions happening throughout the week in Powys too, we LOVE working in schools, AND some exciting session developments happening in other locations (woo hoo!).....AND some half term activity being planned after our successful Summer activity.......ooh AND our regular sessions at the Dance Centre led by external hirers, so lot's to get stuck in to and lot's to look forward too!
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We can't wait to get dancing with Machynlleth under 4's this term as Big Fish Little Fish take on a weekly slot at Y Plas in Machynlleth. Along with our already popular under 4's dance classes in Llandrindod and Talgarth, our Mach session will start next week and we cannot wait!
The lovely Clara will be dancing with you all every Tuesday 1.30 - 2.30pm at Y Plas in Machynlleth and looks forward to running a regular session, filled with fun, play, games, dance, music and of course some parachute play. Encouraging creativity, movement development and letting little ones find a safe place to be curious about the world through dance with their accompanying big person!
You can turn up and drop in when you can or alternatively you can pay for the term online!
Theatre Practitioner and freelance producer Lauren Hussein has worked with Powys Dance since 2016, successfully taking Flying Atoms into Powys schools and enabling it to take flight into the world of professional touring - see Flying Atoms in theatres across Wales this Autumn!
Last weekend she attended the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival of Outdoor Arts with a bursary from Articulture, in her own words read how this trip has inspired her thinking and ideas about outdoor performance.
Taking the Art Outdoors, Lauren Hussein
My parents took me to Covent Gardens regularly as a child to see the street performers. Growing up in London, seeing performance and art in public places was fairly normal. However, this weekend I was watching not only as a spectator but as a maker too. Being able to see the amount and variety of outdoor arts on offer at Greenwich & Docklands International Festival with making in mind was overwhelming and made the performances all the more impressive. Thanks to Articulture for making this trip possible.
I want to highlight five key characteristics of outdoor arts that became clear to me this weekend, and that I’ll be taking forward in my producing role with Powys Dance.
RoboPole presented by UliK Robotik was an example of precision and simplicity. A 10-minute performance displaying outstanding skill, making the audience gasp and turn to each other with raised eyebrows. The performer and robotic arm were perfectly in sync, and if I’m correct that it was all pre-programmed, the performer’s precision in standing at exactly the correct point over and again to interact with the machinery was so interesting to watch. Although the development must have been detailed and the subtext could be discussed for hours, the piece itself was simple and concise.
An obvious trait but one that becomes all the more significant when you set out to make is that there is no backstage, there’s no hiding, everything is laid bare. Many companies make this a focus of their work. I loved to see this embraced by Helen Eastman Production’s Bicycle Boy, and Dip by Max Calaf Seve. In Bicycle Boy, we saw the wires and audience members provided the pedal power; seeing the way things work was at the heart of the show. The Dip soundtrack was made in collaboration with the audience. Words, crisp crunching and bottle popping looped as a backdrop to breathtaking trampolining.
The skill in looking like you don’t know what you’re doing is immense. I was lucky enough to get some overalls and make my way into the big white tent for Plock! presented by Grensgeval. To start, I really was tricked into believing I was going to watch someone simply paint for 55 minutes. It wasn’t until I became aware of the most beautiful and subtle soundtrack, I realised that every movement, moment of eye contact and mark made on the paper was perfectly choreographed. When watching Doble Mandoble’s La Belle Escabelle, it wasn’t the final balancing on top of a step ladder by your neck spectacle that was most impressive to me (although that was pretty jaw dropping!). It was the timing and skill required to make their intricate bottle and glass choreography look chaotic and wild.
Connection between the performance and audience is what many artists aim towards. However, this weekend, I realised again how this is dependent on the spectator’s subjectivity not only the quality of the work. Teatro So’s Sorriso’s was indisputably beautiful and faultless but I failed to connect emotionally (despite trying!). I saw in the characters’ interactions one last dance with life and when the male figure took the largest balloon I imagined it floating to the heavens. But he popped it and I realised that what I saw was not what was intended and my connection with the piece was lost. Conversely, a scratch performance by Flintlock Theatre at the HUB called Last Words wasn’t based on a subject I felt instantly connected with. However, the skill of the single performer in storytelling and including the audience, particularly through her eye contact made the work touching and compelling.
Lastly, seeing 14 shows across the weekend was a wonderful opportunity to really think about.........
This is probably best exemplified in the piece that I found myself thinking about for most of the long journey back to Wales. Rodadoras presented by Becky Namgauds could have been performed inside in terms of scale and production. Three dancers performing powerful and primal choreography in soil didn’t have to be under a tree in the corner of the gardens. So why should it be? Firstly, being situated outside added to the artistic vision. The organic movement coming from the earth amongst nature and against the backdrop of the sky heightened the performance, making it so much more interesting that had it been performed in a pristine black box with professional lighting and surround sound. Secondly and most importantly for me, there were people who saw that work that would not have seen it had it been performed at Sadlers Wells. The deliveroo cyclists that stopped to watch at the fence, the toddler who paused puzzled at the women kicking the soil and the little girl in the front row ‘face timing’ her dad to show him what he was missing. None of this would have been possible in a venue and that’s what its all about.
See Lauren's original blog here
It's no secret that Powys Dance has been actively looking for practitioners in North Powys to enable us to offer more sessions to more people and we are delighted to be working with Clara in Machynlleth to deliver some Big Fish Little Fish sessions, hwre!
Our sessions for 8 months - 4 years old and their parent/ carer offer your little one an insight into the diverse world of dance, giving them a free space to explore movement, rhythm, song and play. These sessions have also been known to support parents/ grandparents/ carers, giving them the confidence to be creative movers at home.
So if you are near the Machynlleth area join Clara for 2 dates this term and see what Big Fish Little Fish is all about!
Since 2016, Flying Atoms (aerial dance and science production) has toured to 24 schools, venues and festivals to an audience of 3,000 children and their families. This Autumn, the professors are heading back out on tour to six venues in Wales.
We are looking for a new member of the team to act as production assistant on the road. It’s an exciting and varied role so we’ll be recruiting someone with the right skills who could need additional training to take up the opportunity.
For a text version of the Job specification visit the Arts Council of Wales website here
Closing date: 11th June 2018
Contact: Production Manager Lauren Hussein at firstname.lastname@example.org // 07791 368 357
Powys Dance recently played host to delegates from across Wales for a CPD day organised by The Wales Wide Training Programme and Network - which is a consortium of community dance organisations in Wales that programme training for the dance practitioners we work with.
The day focussed on dance for the over 50's and how we can challenge, create and inspire with older participants.
One of our lovely freelance dance leaders Helen, or 'Helly' as some of you may know her, attended the day and has given her humorous and thought provoking insight on it, written with jollity and passion we couldn't help but share!
Photos by Paul Whittaker of Hide Productions on behalf of WWTP
We are really excited to be hosting Cascade Dance Theatre at the Dance Centre this November for a week of R+D
The company will be here to research their new show for Autumn 2018, a show delving into the world of Mary Shelley and most notably her work, Frankenstein.
While they are in residence with us they are offering opportunities for the local community to get involved, offering both an open class throughout the week to local practitioners/ dancers and a chance for youth dancers to get a taste of how the company works in a one off workshop on 7th November 5.45 - 6.45pm. All at the Dance Centre, Llandrindod LD1 5HE
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Did anyone else see this research last week? It takes a look at movement and physical activity for the over 50's as a way of keeping not just our bodies healthy and happy but for overall general health and well- being.
We've all seen it before, we know that different types of physical activity can help keep us healthy well into our older years but what really talks to us in this article is how the different aspects of physical activity can improve different areas of health.
This is an area of our work we are extremely passionate about shouting from the rooftops, that dance is so much more than just a physical experience - don't get us wrong it is an exciting physical experience, but the other benefits are endless!
Below is information regarding a brand new dance session for health and well- being in partnership with Ponthafren in Welshpool and some information for our flagship over 50's dance groups, we have one in the North of Powys and one in the South, always warm and welcoming to newcomers, whether you've had plenty of dance experience or none. As you've seen above, you can get so much from these dance sessions and it is so much more than what you think, so why not pop along to meet the groups and dance leaders, your new social group is just waiting to meet you!