powys youth dance company

Movin' On is moving back a day!

Movin' On, our Llandrindod based arm of Powys Youth Dance Company, is moving from Wednesday to Tuesday, and at a new earlier time of 5.45pm to 6.45pm.  There are several potential performance platforms happening over the next few months, so if you're a young person who likes dancing and performing, then come along this evening to find out more.  

Movin' On performing

You can also pay for the term online here. 

Hafren Summer School with Gwyn Emberton

We're just finalising our own summer programme, but in the meantime, and happening soon is Theatr Hafren's dance summer school for young people.  This should be amazing, because Gwyn is amazing, and at DPD HQ we've gone overboard with the wrinkle cream in a bid to pass for 19 so we can go ourselves! Powys youth dancers - -this is such a great opportunity.  Book now! 


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.

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


...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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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:



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...