We are delighted to share with you that we have been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation in Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund to connect with our community through a series of online dance and exercise classes. Our team of professional dancers at FFIN DANCE will be starting this Thursday and Friday (April 30th) with free online classes to the community. The classes will be aimed at all ages and all levels and will be joined through Zoom. In addition to this our dance faktry will be sending cheery post cards to vulnerable members of our community as a way of connecting with those who are isolated or in care homes and hospitals. We are truly grateful to the Community Foundation in Wales for giving us this opportunity to keep our vital work going in our community throughout lockdown and during the period following that: a time of uncertainty for us all.
We are delighted to announce to you that our bid for The Beaufort Theatre has been successful subject to a final executive meeting next Wednesday March 15th 2017.
We will be moving in to the building on April 3rd with a handover from Aneurin Leisure Trust who currently manage the asset on that day.
We are most keen to speak with existing theatre users to chat about how we can continue their use of the theatre space for their annual shows and also very happy to speak with new clients too.
As the company moves on into its second decade, we have plans to expand in a variety of different ways, one of which includes the expansion of our Board of Trustees.
We are delighted that Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE has joined us as Patron and Andrew Tuggey CBE is our Company Champion.
Here’s a little more about them:
Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE
Brigadier Aitken is currently Lord Lieutenant of Gwent and has lived in Gwent since childhood. Following a choral scholarship to Oxford, Brigadier Aitken was commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Wales. He had a distinguished military career lasting 34 years during which time he was awarded a CBE.
He is currently the Director of Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales, a charity that provides live music events in healthcare settings. He is an Officer of the Order of St John Cymru, and chairman of 3 military charitable trusts. He is also Honorary Colonel of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force.
Andrew Tuggey CBE
Andrew Tuggey CBE is Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s Chief Executive & Secretary; he also is Secretary of the CPA British Islands & Mediterranean Region. Highly experienced in international outreach, parliamentary strengthening and parliamentary diplomacy, he served in the Army prior to his current appointment, latterly as a Defence diplomat with the FCO. Andrew has a BSc (Eng) and speaks French, German, Malay and Nepalese. He served as High Sheriff of Gwent and is currently a Vice Lord Lieutenant (VLL) in Gwent
We are seeking offers from the community for other Trustees, please contact us by e mail email@example.com
More of our new ventures to follow.
Last 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.
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This 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07854 910926
I want to say a huge thank you to Sue, Megan, Effie, Mike, and Catrin for making my work placement an amazing experience. They are all fantastic people who were very welcoming and friendly and showed me the amazing ‘behind the scenes’ side to FFIN DANCE, including the rehearsal processes, technique classes, feedback sessions, and the community projects
I have to say a huge thank you to them all for allowing me to interview them and ask many questions which have taught me A LOT about how a real company runs and works in the professional world. I also thank you all for allowing me to use my camera (A LOT) during the two days I spent with them!
I also want to say that the performance I was privileged to watch on my final evening with Ffin Dance was absolutely amazing! The movements were fantastic and beautiful and the four dancers looked stunning on stage. Also the live musicians were fantastic and really enhanced the mood and performance.
Ffin offers fantastic opportunities for anybody of any age to enjoy, which is done through their community projects, which I was lucky enough to observe while I was there. They have a great reputation and many people return continually to take part in the workshops that Ffin offer to the community.
Finally I want to say thank you again to everyone for making my placement very enjoyable and educational. I wish every success for Ffin in the future and I will definitely be keeping in touch with them all and will most definitely be booking tickets for their next tour!!!