Community Asset Transfer

The dance faktry Education & outreach Image Paul Trask

The dance faktry
Education & outreach
Image Paul Trask

The company is delighted to let you know that we are in the final stages of a business plan to Blaenau Gwent CBC to take over the stewardship of The Beaufort Theatre in Ebbw Vale as a community asset transfer from the Council.
As the company is moving forward, we feel that we would like to provide even more opportunities in Blaenau Gwent for our unique services as the only professional dance company in residence in the Valleys

 

The dance faktry Education & outreach Image Paul Trask

The dance faktry
Education & outreach
Image Paul Trask

We plan to work in partnership with Aneurin Leisure Trust and other partner organisations in delivering high quality arts services to the community through shared performance events, weekly classes and holiday clubs; working with the existing users of the venue and inviting new users to use the building as a community hub for arts.

 

We will be creating new jobs together with training opportunities for volunteers in order to assist people from the community to gain experience for employment in marketing, admin, catering and customer care.

We plan to utilise the existing bar area as a café and bar, which will be open during the daytime for the community, using locally sourced produce as much as possible and promoting nutritional eating.

We will be working with guidance and the full support of Coalfields Regeneration Trust and will be seeking business/corporate sponsorship and grant funding for exterior signage and improvement.

hpOur Artistic Director Sue Lewis says “our whole plan for the venue involves providing even more platforms for people to enjoy arts in the community and will by no means just be a place to house FFIN DANCE We welcome collaborations, partnerships and micro businesses using the space to achieve their aims too and wish to see the venue open each day and evening.  Our wish is for sustainability and to enhance local services that may be lost due to budget restraints and service cuts.

My passion for the community to enjoy arts in this iconic building is at the fore-front of this plan”

 

We would welcome your support and comments, please feel free to comment in the comments space on this page or e mail us at info@ffindance.co.uk

 

New A Level Course Gets Under Way

IMG_2616It’s been about 7 years since I last taught A Level Dance, and how I’ve missed it!

I introduced the course into Ebbw Vale Senior Comprehensive School back in the 80’s where I was Head of the Dance Dept.  It was a successful course back then and has continued to grow and develop, becoming the fastest growing A Level in the UK in recent years.  It covers all aspects of dance from choreography, healthy eating for dancers, anatomy, dance performance, and lots more.
Sadly when I left the school, Dance was no longer included in the curriculum at any level.

For the past 2 years, I have been researching the demand for the course and attempting to persuade the post 16 education providers in Blaenau Gwent to partner FFIN DANCE to facilitate the course for young people in the Borough.  This has proved to be an exceptionally negative past time.  However, all things come to those who wait!
We have joined with Abertillery Comprehensive School who is our registered centre, and have made this course possible to young and adult learners on their own doorstep.  We are delivering the course from our home studio in The Met, Abertillery and our first session took place last evening.

The moral of the story?  Be brave – leap in faith and make your own destiny ..

Sue Lewis