Outreach at its most rewarding

2 of our youngest dancers at Desire To Dance Brynmawr

2 of our youngest dancers at Desire To Dance Brynmawr

The past month has been truly rewarding with our dance faktry projects running concurrently at Brynmawr and Tredegar. Our Desire To Dance Project successfully ran at Tredegar and London last season; together with generous funding from Tai Calon Community Housing, we ran a similar project in Brynmawr for the children of the community in that area. They worked for 4 intensive full days over 2 weekends with Effie, Catrin, Louis and Cariad and produced a lovely piece of work focussing on touch and skin.

At Tredegar Comprehensive School Catrin, Julian and Louis worked with a group of young Performing Arts students to create a piece of work that was choreographed to music written by GCSE Music students from the school. 2 intense evenings from 3.30pm – 8pm were spent making the work.  We facilitated this project with funding from a legacy given to Arts Development at Aneurin Leisure, kindly donated to give young people experience with music and theatre.

The 2 pieces were shown to friends and family at the Annual Dance Showcase organised by Aneurin Leisure Arts Development at The Met Theatre in Abertillery, our home theatre.

Desire To Dance Brynmawr

Desire To Dance Brynmawr

The experiences gained by the children and young people were many, but I think the most valuable things learnt were working together to produce a high quality product and digging dip and finding inner strength especially when exhausted!  Of many evaluations from the project participants who were all wowed by their achievements was a comment to Catrin – “you’ve changed my life” – a lump comes into my throat as I write.

Moving on then, we turn our thoughts to our next outreach project, the Summer Dance School. More about that very soon, please feel free to pass on this flyer to all young people who you think may benefit ..

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Louis Day 2

Day 2 at FFIN DANCE began very differently to day 1. It began with meeting the current company dancers: Effie, Megan, Mike and Catrin.

I watched Megan teach class and saw that the dancers treated her with the utmost respect and the relationship between the dancers was fantastic. They laughed and had a good time together but when it came to it the dance they produced in the 6 hours I was there it was amazing.

Alice Ridding from 3VTV came in to the rehearsal and showed us a documentary that she had created about the Assistant to the Director of FFIN DANCE, Megan. The content and quality of the video was fantastic and was a real insight to the life of a FFIN dancer (the Documentary can be viewed soon on 3VTV)

The second part of the day was focused on repertory (of the two pieces 5 Dances and Synapsequence.  I saw how the dancers worked together as a whole to polish and perfect each piece and tighten the unison work.

Today has been a great way of looking into the dancer’s world and great in discovering how a dancer’s average day would be. This has pushed me into the knowledge that this is the way I would like to take my life and become a professional dancer. I will report on tomorrow’s discoveries very soon.

Louis :D