Summer outreach activity

_DPT3376Last night saw the beginning of an extensive summer education and outreach programme.  Our company dancers Catrin, Julian and Sarah worked with over 60 children in Blaenau Gwent linking in with our new work from t e n Tour 2016 with partner organisations Toppers Dance and Aneurin Leisure Trust.   Later this week we will be working with another 50 children and young people at The Beaufort Theatre in Ebbw Vale.

Next month, we will be working with children in Brynmawr as part of a partnership programme with Tai Calon Community Housing, bringing professional dance to young people over a period of 2 free weekend courses. We will also be working with the Music Department at Tredegar Comprehensive: using music composed by the pupils themselves, we will be choreographing a new piece of work to be performed in the Aneurin Leisure annual dance showcase.
July sees the company delivering a number of Summer Dance Schools in Blaenau Gwent in partnership with the Arts Development team at Aneurin Leisure.

If you’d like any information about dates, venues and how to enrol, please text 07854 910926 or e mail info@ffindance.co.uk

sue lewis

Welcome to Sarah Lee

Sarah PWe’d like to let you know some exciting news!

From July of this year, Sarah Lee will be joining the company, until then she will be on our team helping to deliver workshops and summer dance clubs.  We are delighted that she is joining us, and we’ll be giving you more information within the next few days, so you can get to know her better.

Sarah Lee (seen in the image above, dancer on the left) is a beautiful dancer, who also happens to run her own Beauty Salon in Cardiff, having returned to Wales upon graduating from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music And Dance.

Watch this space for more details soon…

 

Another notch on the success post

FFIN DANCE Image Paul Trask

FFIN DANCE
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So, how do you measure success?  A variety of ways I rather imagine, but in the case of our Easter Intensives and Easter Dance Faktry Festival, we like to think that it’s quality performances and happy people.

We recently spent time in the studio with 3 amazing people: Sarah Lee Pryke (professional dancer), Louis Norman (dance graduate) and Jasmine Morgan (youth dancer and trainee) as part of the Easter Intensives where our company dancers taught some of my new work True to our guests.  The end result was performed in the festival in front of a packed and appreciative house at our home theatre, The Met in Abertillery.  In addition to our professional guests, we had over 60 children and young people performing and sharing their new work which they have been rehearsing since Christmas.  I’ve said it before, and will doubtless say it many more times, it’s such a huge privilege to share in work created by these young people and to treat them to a platform where the work is staged and managed by our professional technical team.

So next up is another week in the studio with myself and the FFIN company dancers finalising our work for our new t e n Tour 2016.  If you would like to do professional company class with us, drop us a text 07854 910926 or e mail info@ffindance.co.uk

sue lewis

t e n Tour 2016

10FFIN DANCE is ten years old this year and we celebrate with our new triple bill   t e n

In just a week, our company dancers are all back in the studio, and we can now share the content of our new triple bill line up.  We started work on my new piece True back in the Autumn of 2015, and we’ll be just finishing off this delightful quartet for the full company next week.

The second piece is a New Work, that’s a collaboration between myself and 2 of our company dancers Catrin and Julian.  Performed as a duet, it will be very much a reflection of the 2 dancers and their personalities.  Watch this space over the coming weeks for more blogs and tweets.

And to complete the bill will be Duetti, which I made for the company back in 2008.  Accompanied by the haunting songs of Björk, Duetti is as the name implies, a series of duets. Sometimes working with the songs and other times existing as 2 separate elements, the dancers execute lyrical duets.
The organic nature of the songs from Medúlla refer to the purest essence of something and explore the ritual power of the voice in a way that’s primal and elaborate. Several of the songs are sung in Icelandic, which work particularly well with movement. The rolling r’s, guttural stops and elongated vowels reflect the alternately chopped and soaring arrangements behind them.
Unfettered sensuality winds through the songs, with Björk’s voice being miked very closely giving the sense of listening to her from inside her larynx. I was originally inspired by the landscape of Northern Tuscany, when I created the duets: often jagged but occasionally silky and always stunning, the duets unfold in a seamless and intricate order, each one developing from its predecessor.
Described by an audience member at Chisenhale in 2008 – “DV8 meets Matz Ek”

As always we will be posting blogs and tweeting our studio experiences, hope that you’ll join us in our conversations.

sue lewis

Easter Intensives 2016

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Image Paul Trask

We’d like to invite you to apply for our professional development Easter Intensives 2016

The intensive will run on April 4th/5th and 6th 2016 at our home base, The Met in Abertillery,
Wales UK

The course is aimed at professional dancers, or those in professional dance training at undergraduate level, and will concentrate on dance technique and performance skills.

You will be taking professional class each morning, and learning a piece of the company’s current repertoire. This extract will be performed to a public audience in the theatre on the Wednesday evening.

How to apply
Please send your current CV and video link to:
info@ffindance.co.uk
by Friday February 26th 2016

The course fee is £50

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information 07854 910926

Off The Street

OTS posterThis autumn has been an amazing time for our outreach projects with last night’s performance being no exception.
Together with the Arts Development team at Aneurin Leisure, we at the ffin dance faktry co-produced Off The Street, a dance showcase that saw over 70 children and young people from Blaenau Gwent, Wales UK sharing their work in a local theatre.  The energy and enthusiasm from all of the young dancers was truly infectious and the sell-out audience was thrilled with the production.  It was great to hear related stories from parents: one in particular told us how she had made good friends with other mothers that she didn’t really know very well,and their children have also become good playmates since starting dance classes 4 years ago. They had all bonded together because of dance.

Another parent told us that she had really enjoyed the performance which was presented in the round.  She liked being “up close and personal” to the performance to see the joy in her daughters face when she was dancing; never having seen that look before, not even opening her Christmas presents!

We have 1 more outreach event before Christmas on Monday 14th December 2015, at Ebenezer Chapel in Abertillery, Wales UK.  This event will see our young people from the ffin dance faktry share class and dance pieces with their families and friends and also raise much-needed funds for the coming year.

For more information how we can work with your group please contact us info@ffindance.co.uk or text 07854 910926

 

Winter Intensives 2015

FFIN DANCE Image Paul Trask

FFIN DANCE
Image Paul Trask

We’d like to invite you to apply for our professional development Winter Intensives 2015

The intensive will run on November 12th/13th and 14th 2015 at our home base, The Met in Abertillery, Wales UK
The course is aimed at professional dancers, or those in professional dance training at undergraduate level, and will concentrate on dance technique and performance skills.  You will be taking professional class each morning, and learning a piece of the company’s current repertoire.  This extract will be performed to a public audience in the theatre on the Saturday evening.

 

How to apply
Please send your current CV and video link to:
info@ffindance.co.uk
by Friday 16th October 2015

The course fee is £50

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information 07854 910926

Dance provision

SCARF Infants Class Image Paul Trask


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We are most happy to announce that FFIN DANCE will be working in partnership with the Arts Development team of Aneurin Leisure Trust to deliver high quality dance classes for children and young people in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales UK.

The ffin dance faktry will be expanding upon its already successful outreach folio to include the following dance classes:

Leapers Dance for under 11 years
Junior Move Dance for ages 7-13
Combination Dance age 13+
The Move Youth Dance Company age 13+

All of the above classes will be held at The Beaufort Theatre, Ebbw Vale, Gwent UK

Suzanne Allen the Business Development Manager for Aneurin Leisure Trust says “I’m delighted to be working in partnership with FFIN DANCE to provide classes for our children and young people.  I’m looking forward to some new and exciting projects and supporting this really vital work in our community”

For further information on classes and the work of the ffin dance faktry, please e mail info@ffindance.co.uk or call/text 07854 910926