Easter Intensives 2017

IMG_6104-2We’d like to invite you to apply for our professional development Easter Intensives 2017

The intensive will run on April 18/19/20th 2017 at our new home, The Beaufort Theatre, Ebbw Vale
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 together with creative tasks to make a new work.

This will be performed to a public audience in the theatre on the Thursday evening.

 

How to apply
Please send your current CV and video link to:
info@ffindance.co.uk

Deadline for applications is March 31st 2017

The course fee is £60

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

Winter dance faktry festival 2016

winter dance faktry festival 2016

winter dance faktry festival 2016

Our twice yearly festival for dance will be held at The Met in Abertillery on November 12th 2016 at 7.30pm.  It’s an opportunity for children, young people and emerging professional dancers to perform and share their work to a packed audience which is supportive and full of enthusiastic friends and parents.

It’s a most special event which aims to promote dance in the community and provide dancers with a professionally produced showcase, giving the festival participants a taste for performance and choreography

 

Winter Intensives with FFIN DANCE

FFIN DANCE  Decisive Moments Project

FFIN DANCE
Decisive Moments Project

A 3 day intensive course concentrating on technique and performance skills for fully trained dancers or those in professional training. Daily class with the company and workshops learning current company repertory to perform in a shared performance on the 3rd evening.  November 10th-12th 2016

How to apply
Please send your current CV and video link to:
info@ffindance.co.uk
by Friday October 14th 2016

The course fee is £50

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information 07854 910926
Fee £50

Easter Intensives 2016

Image Paul Trask

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

Winter Dance Faktry Festival 2014

Image Paul Trask

Image Paul Trask

Building upon the success of the past five twice-yearly festivals, FFIN DANCE is excited to offer to all professional dancers who have completed their dance training

a three-day intensive PPD Professional Performance Development in the studio with the company, taking daily technique class and learning current repertory on
December 11th-13th 2014

Cost: £40 which includes a free ticket for the Winter Dance Faktry Festival on the Saturday evening

Deadlines for applications Friday 21st November 2014 at 5pm

Please apply via email attaching a current CV or send hard copy to our home address.   Details below.

Contact: Sue Lewis

FFIN DANCE Offices
C/O The Met,
Mitre Street,
Abertillery
NP13 1AL
Wales
UK

07854 910926
info@ffindance.co.uk
www.ffindance.co.uk

 

A bumper harvest

FFIN DANCE Degrees of Freedom Megan Griffiths Image Paul Trask

FFIN DANCE
Degrees of Freedom
Megan Griffiths
Image Paul Trask

The weekend is well and truly over and I’m still reeling over the enormity of the tasks that the company undertook last week.

For the 4th year running we held our Easter dance faktry festival here in our home base Abertillery in South Wales.  The week leading up to the festival, hosts our Easter Intensives Programme for professional dancers: this year we had the pleasure of working with 7 dancers from South Wales, North Wales, Bristol, Devon and the Lake District.  During the week, Megan and I re-worked sections of my piece Missing Pages to create a lovely new version that was performed at the festival on Friday evening.  How we all managed to work from the Ravel score, from John F Wake’s story and learn repertoire I don’t know, but we did!  An excellent team effort that culminated in a terrific performance which ended the show.

The dance faktry is the outreach unit of FFIN DANCE and we work with the community facilitating dance activity for children and young people.  Since Christmas we have been working with the theme of lines with our groups and over 70 young people performed and shared their work to a completely packed auditorium.  Some of the children who were aged only 4 years performed for the first time, I always feel so privileged to be sharing in that experience for the children and their very proud families.

We are often referred to as the FFIN family as we have dancers from infants all the way through to young professional dancers in our faktry and of course the FFIN dancers at the head of the ‘table’ inspiring and motivating the aspiring family members.  It’s a model which I believe is unique and rare and one of which I’m tremendously proud.

So we move on now to the second leg of our Inspired Tour with performances in The Met, Abertillery, Chapter in Cardiff and Burg Namedy in Germany.  Please join us if you can.

sue lewis

Packed House

Laura Mumford Photography

Last Saturday was our 5th annual Winter Dance Faktry Festival held at our home base in The Met in Abertillery.

64 community dancers, 10 professional dancers, 2 photographers, 6 volunteers and 3 technicians brought together a showcase performance that ranged from professional dance pieces to works in progress that have been made during community projects over the past term.

We were joined by professional dance companies Ceyda Tanc Dance and Exim Dance, together with our youth groups from the community.

I am delighted to say that we played to a packed house, full not only of excited and supportive parents and friends but also the general public who wanted to come and share our work.  The comments and feedback that we have received have been overwhelming with many congratulations on our achievements.

The Festival has grown and developed over the years and each year sees us making new friends and links and truly is a great celebration of our work and commitment to providing opportunities for young dancers and choreographers to stage their work with professional guidance and support.

Easter Dance Faktry Festival 2013 will be our next venture, we look forward to seeing you all again

Please keep following our company progress via Twitter #ffin dance and join our Facebook pages

sue lewis

Social Enterprise Day

It’s Social Enterprise Day and Catherine Evans, Wales Co-operative Centre Marketing Manager, is spending some time with Ffin Dance in Abertillery, South Wales.

Dancer leaping into the air

Ffin Dance performer takes flight!

Ffin (pronounced Feen) Dance is a social enterprise which was founded in 2003 by charismatic Artistic Director Sue Lewis. Sue spent many years developing dance in the South Wales Valleys, first as Head of the Dance Department at Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School and subsequently as Director of Blaenau Gwent’s flagship Youth Dance Company, The Move.

The South Wales Valleys is one of the poorest areas in the UK with disproportionately high unemployment and many families living just below the poverty line. Whilst many urged Sue to set up a dance company in the more cosmopolitan environment of Cardiff, she was clear that everyone should have access to high quality, contemporary art, and so decided to base herself and her company in Abertillery.

Traditionally, arts companies have tended to rely on grants to survive, but since Sue found that many grants came with strings attached, she decided to follow a social enterprise model and rely on income earned from classes, ticket sales and commercial opportunities. This has given the company the freedom to pursue its own strategic goals, and forced them to become more entrepreneurial, ambitious and pro-active as a result. The company also has some high profile supporters as a result of its social enterprise status. Internationally renowned performance architect Sheron Wray made a new piece for the company in 2009, and Gary Lambert, a critically acclaimed performer and choreographer, is now the company’s Associate Director. These high profile connections have enabled Ffin Dance to extend its touring programme and it now regularly performs at international festivals across the globe.

Ffin Dance performer

Bending over backwards to make things work!

Today will be a very busy day for the company as it prepares for its Winter Dance Faktry Festival. This is a two-day event which pulls together performances by a number of local community dance groups as well as two fledgling professional companies, who are being given a public platform for the first time to showcase their work. The shows are on at The Met in Abertillery (more details at http://www.the-met.co.uk/events).

The main job for today is to get everything ready for the performances. This means working with the technical team to plan for the final rehearsals, rigging the theatre lighting, making decisions about how to photograph and film the show and making sure all the dressing rooms are ready for when the performers arrive.

Its going to be a busy and exciting day!