Morning readers. I hope this blog finds you all well and enjoying your August. Just a quick blog to say a huge thank you to Sue, Krystal and all the beautifully talented and patient volunteer staff at New Ground. Another successful project providing opportunitiy and creativity for young people around the county.
There has been some exceptional work undertaken in all workshops/sharings, and the feedback from parents and loved ones has been nothing but positive. Both Krystal and I have seen endless amount of cartwheels and packed lunches but it has indeed been a humble and rewarding experience that we hope to do again.
Leading these holiday dance clubs in an area where I grew up in, seems somewhat easier for me to teach. I enjoy the challenge of valleys children and how honest they are when it comes to creative tasks and simply communicating. It’s nice to give a little something back where you first started!
The support from parents has been fantastic and we hope to see some if not all of our New Ground children in classes starting in September.
And so we are on to the last stretch of our 2014 tour, Still Standing.
It’s been a great tour and we have received some great audience feedback: some venues enjoying some of the pieces more than others and then conversely other places getting more from the diversity of the programme.
With our last 2 performances coming up, we travel to London tomorrow to perform Stand Up Straight by Catrin Lewis at Greenwich Dance. Next week sees our first (and hopefully not last) visit to The Venue at Milton Keynes, where we perform our triple bill as part of the Milton Keynes Dance Festival Motus.
As a company we are very much looking forward to making new friends at these 2 venues as well as seeing familiar faces too.
In addition to these 2 performances I have also been planning the New Ground summer holiday dance club programme with our youth volunteers. Joining our teaching team will be Krystal Dawn Campbell who has been working with me this term in the dance faktry gaining valuable hands-on experience with class management and working with children and young people. These classes will be free for children in Blaenau Gwent: the scheme has been awarded financial assistance by Tai Calon, the Archbishop of Wales Children’s Fund, Sport Relief and very generous donations via our online giving scheme.
So an early night for me and off to London in the morning. Hoping to see you at Greenwich tomorrow and at MK next Sunday.
Thanks to funding made possible by the Archbishop of Wales Children’s Fund, FFIN DANCE is able to provide free dance classes to local children aged 7+
Company dancers Adam Murphy and Megan Griffiths will work with the young people, teaching them class each day and creating a new dance which will be performed at the FFIN DANCE Winter Dance Festival in Abertillery on November 17th
The holiday dance clubs take place on October 30th, November 1st and 2nd at Ebenezer Chapel in Abertillery, from 10am -2pm each day
Applications for the dance club will need to be made by contacting FFIN DANCE at the FFIN DANCE Offices, C/O The Met, Mitre Street, Abertillery NP13 1AL
As the last day of preparation begins, lots of tying up to do. On Monday we begin the last phase of our studio time before we go out on the road. This is a very exciting phase for the company as it’s when we start work with guest choreographer Gary Lambert. We are all eagerly awaiting his arrival.
We welcome 2 new dancers to the company – Lucille Teppa and Effie Ward, and we have Catrin Lewis on work placement from Trinity Laban, so lots of new energy coming into the company.
Mark Read, our production manager is busy contacting venues with our technical requirement, and Matt production assistant, is tidying up our touring equipment into our new dedicated storage space in Abertillery. We have recently been given some extra portable flooring to use for our community projects which is good news.
We also start our holiday dance club scheme on Monday in Abertillery, providing free holiday dance classes and workshops to children. They will be undertaking 4 intensive days in the studio with a sharing for parents and friends on the last day.
Finally this weekend, we will be shortlisting the Easter Intensive applications and selecting from them a group of dancers who will work with us in April to create a new work for public performance.
Immensely proud of all of our achievements and those still to come. We hope to see you at one of our shows in the coming months