youth dance

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. 

New Term Ahoy!

Our own classes in Llandrindod Wells, Llanfair Caereinion and Llanelwedd start back in the week beginning Monday 12th September.  All classes are drop in - just turn up - or you can save 15% by paying for the term in our new online shop. 

We can't wait to get the dancing started again!

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! 


Fflwcs 2015


We are so excited to announce that we will be producing a Youth Dance platform at the 2015 National Eisteddfod in Meifod!

As part of the National Eisteddfod celebrations this year in Meifod, Dawns Powys Dance will be producing a Youth Dance platform, Fflwcs, to showcase groups from across Wales in celebration of young people dancing in Wales. This event will be held on Thursday 6th August during the national Eisteddfod in the dance tent and will be the first ever Youth Dance platform at the Eisteddfod.

So we are calling all youth dance groups in Wales to participate and be a part of this exciting platform, to celebrate youth dance in all its variety of styles and creativity. We would love to have a varied and diverse programme to showcase, and there is no better way to do that than by creating a show combining community youth dancers from all across Wales, to share the stage together.

We want to offer our youth dance participants an opportunity to share their work as part of a national event and create a platform through which youth dance can be celebrated, shared and at its grassroots be a non- competitive opportunity for dancers to perform and showcase their passion for all things dance.

If you would like to be part of this fantastic opportunity and event, download more information and guidelines here.

 Similarly if you have any questions or would like more information please don't hesitate to get in touch with us using any of the contact information provided. To apply and register your interest, please complete this online form 

Fel rhan o ddathliadau'r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol eleni ym Meifod, bydd Dawns Powys yn cynhyrchu llwyfan Dawns Ieuenctid, Fflwcs, i roi sylw i grwpiau o bob cwr o Gymru i ddathlu pobl ifanc yn dawnsio yng Nghymru. Bydd y digwyddiad hwn yn cael ei gynnal ddydd Iau 6 Awst yn ystod yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn y babell ddawns a hwn fydd y llwyfan Dawns Ieuenctid cyntaf erioed yn yr Eisteddfod.

Felly, rydym yn galw ar bob grŵp dawns ieuenctid yng Nghymru i gymryd rhan a chyfrannu at y llwyfan cyffrous hwn, i ddathlu dawns ieuenctid yn ei holl arddulliau a'i greadigrwydd amrywiol. Byddem wrth ein bodd o gael rhaglen amrywiol i'w harddangos, ac nid oes ffordd well o wneud hynny na thrwy greu sioe sy'n dod â dawnswyr ieuenctid cymunedol o bob rhan o Gymru at ei gilydd i rannu'r llwyfan.

Rydym am gynnig cyfle i'r rhai sy'n ymwneud â dawns ieuenctid i rannu eu gwaith fel rhan o ddigwyddiad cenedlaethol a chreu llwyfan i ddathlu dawns ieuenctid.  Mae hwn yn gyfle heb fod yn gystadleuol i ddawnswyr berfformio ac arddangos eu brwdfrydedd dros bopeth sy'n ymwneud â dawns.

Gallwch lwytho i lawr y Canllawiau yma

Os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau – bach neu fawr, os hoffech fwy o wybodaeth neu sgwrs am rai o agweddau'r dydd / logisteg, cysylltwch â ni yn Dawns Powys! Cofrestrwch eich diddordeb drwy lenwi’r ffurflen ar-lein fer hon. 

Powys Dance in print

On arrival at the Dance Centre today I was very excited to see the latest issue of Animated, the journal for participatory practice in dance had arrived, featuring an article by Joanna and I about how we made Under Dark Skies. (In summary, alongside a brilliant team of artists and participants; a true collaboration). You can read the whole article here:

3_Event Voices

4_UDS 1

5_UDS 2

'Youth Dance, Spectrum!?...Huh....whats that?

Ok, so if your anything like me, you hear the word 'spectrum' and immediately I'm singing, (badly in my case!) Florence + the Machine, dancing around the office like a complete goon demonstrating moves my dad would showcase at a wedding party. Its wild the effect music can have on us, there's certain tunes, love or hate, that can spark something inside us like; emotion, debate or sometimes a physical response. In this scenario our physical response is to dance! So you see a poster, for a dance workshop, over the Summer Holidays, what do you do? Ignore it? Now we all know just how amazing the Summer holidays can be, chilling out with friends, going into town, no school, the freedom you get feels amazing, major lie ins, late night film watching, however lets not forget those days you spend, perhaps when the weather isn't to great or when your mate is away on holiday and your trawling facebook, updating your status for the 5th time that day. Sometimes when you've got to much time on your hands, you just don't know what to do with it. So would you want to come and dance instead......hmmmm?? So lets break it down...

What goes on at a dance workshop? Well without stating the obvious, dancing. OK, so maybe I did state the obvious, but really the word dance can be so intangible and mean so many things to different people, I mean what was your first thought when dance was mentioned, ballet? Leg warmers and sweat bands? Diversity? We all have stereotypes and first impressions affect how we see things, and would perhaps make us not want to do something, when really we probably would've enjoyed it, I wonder if thats the case here, fear of the unknown? I'm not being funny but in a studio full of mirrors think about all the selfie potential! #studioselfie .....see i'm already obsessed....

winter selfie....

new hat selfie....

sore throat so loads of scarves selfie.....

Less talking/ typing then, more dancing!! Let me show you a sneak peek of what you can expect if you did, see a poster for a dance workshop and decided to be brave and do it!

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So you've seen the type of thing you can expect, good music and moves in an amazing studio, and I promise it will be a lot of fun dancing, laughing and having a good time. Learning some great choreography and developing your dance skills! Youth Dance: Spectrum is for over 11's and will run on the 5th and 6th of August from 11am til 4pm on both days! Spectrum will be led by Iain Payne and myself, Jemma Louise, we so look forward to dancing with you! Don't miss out guys, its gonna be good!!