Dance provision

SCARF Infants Class Image Paul Trask


Image Paul Trask

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 info@ffindance.co.uk or call/text 07854 910926

Evoke some emotion

Evoke Dance logo - editableWe are pleased to announce that four of our youth ambassadors have formed their own company to provide much needed free summer dance classes for children and young people.  With the help of a grant from Tai Calon Community Housing, Louis Norman has got together with 3 of our youth dancers, Emma, Gemma and Cariad and formed Evoke Dance.

The aim of the project is to evoke emotion in children and young people though creativity.  Evoke Dance will be carrying out a series of free dance sessions throughout the summer holidays in St Mary’s Church Hall in Brynmawr, South Wales UK

Evoke flyer

It’s an ambitious project that has involved a lot of planning for them and of course FFIN DANCE will be supporting them in their endeavour.

Well done to them all for showing initiative and motivation – good luck!

Cartwheel craze

IMGP2257Morning 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.

Happy Friday all.
Stay safe, Catrin.

Packed lunches and applause

_PRT7504Well, the last week of the New Ground summer holiday dance clubs is about to commence – probably to be the most challenging week for all involved, as the duration of the workshops will be at least doubled. With this increase in time we are looking to combine all of the skills and techniques learned and practised over the past few weeks with the children’s creativity, and arrange this so that it can be presented and shared with the onlooking proud parents/carers/friends/family.

And so they should be proud! These children have achieved so much, through being so responsive and willing to give things a go – rising to every challenge.
I hope that further opportunities like this will be available in the community soon. I believe there is a dancer inside each and everyone of us – some big, some small, some confident, some shy – but having the opportunities and freedom to exercise and nurture those dancers is so important because of the positive effects it brings to mental, physical, social and emotional well-being. You only need to look at the smiling, wide-eyed faces of those children involved to see this.

Good luck for the week ahead all! Last leg… Lots of energy, lots of creativity, lots of packed lunches and lots of applause!

Krystal Campbell
Dance Teacher for the ffin dance faktry

End of the week

_PRT7262So we have just finished our third week of our free holiday dance classes and the volunteers and the children attending are all enjoying learning new skills, from new dance techniques to how to work with children. It’s amazing to see the same children attending each session because they are enjoying it so much and a few children are even asking about joining our weekly classes that will be starting back in September. It’s wonderful to think that we will be gaining some great new dancers all because of these free classes that have been provided.

Being the senior volunteer for this project has really opened my eyes to all the admin work that has to be done to ensure that the project is run as smoothly as possible. This project has really inspired me to run my own classes for the community in the future and I’m so glad that I have been given the opportunity to see first-hand what steps need to be taken to achieve the same success as this project.

During this experience there has been many times where we have all found ourselves laughing due to the quirkiness of some of our children that are attending. My personal highlight so far is seeing all of the children that have attended more than one session improve in a range of different techniques and skills that are definitely going to help them if they decide to join our weekly classes.

I am very much looking forward to sharing our work next week with the children’s family and friends so that they get to see how much their child has improved since starting the classes. I’m sure that we will get great feedback from these sharing sessions.  Maybe you can come along?

Cariad Williams
New Ground

Cuppa anyone?

BellaIsabella has been going to the ffin dance faktry since September. It’s already provided me with a proud parent moment at the Winter Dance Faktry Festival and I’m preparing for another when I watch her at the Easter one!

At the moment, she goes once a week on a Monday – but for Isabella, it seems to start on a Tuesday morning asking me “Dancing tonight?” and then extending her arms and lifting one leg for a warm up. This goes on every day until Monday when she finally gets to see Sue, the volunteers and other children (and have her infamous “cuppa” before she starts) She absolutely loves going and she likes to show me everything that Sue teaches her!

I have to be honest, I absolutely love watching her twirl and leap and encourage all her fluttery (and not so fluttery!) movements. I am so glad that I have found this gem of a class in Abertillery for my daughter. It has been a joy to watch her confidence grow and make more friends. Long may her desire to dance continue and her tea consumption to increase!

Katy Price, Abertillery

Pleased as punch

Earl of WessexThe company opened the Still Standing season on Tuesday at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw in Cardiff, and the show met and exceeded all of my expectations with a marvellous performance and excellent audience.

Opening nights are notoriously edgy and can very often veer off into unchartered waters, but this one was a cracker!
The venue is one which we visited last season, and despite not being a traditional theatre setting, really shows contemporary dance very well in terms of shape and pattern.  It’s up close and very personal which works well with our rep this season; particularly well I think with Catrin Lewis’s ‘Stand Up Straight’, a piece which explores the physicality of Vertigo.
We’ve spent a lot of time in the studio this season perfecting timing for ensemble work, and it has paid off – ‘Synapsequence’ was superb.  Created by Gary Lambert in 2012 for the company, there are a number of very tricky double duets which require precision and accuracy as well as superior technique, so the dancers are really on edge.  Pleased to say they rose to the occasion.

My new work, ‘Fractal’, was aired for the first time on opening night, it actually opened the show being the first piece on the bill.  It relies heavily on musicality and the dancer’s technical ability to carry it through or it can look a bit wan.  The lighting that Mark Read and I created is very simple and grows and decays with the musical episodes, giving the audience a sense of regeneration and development interspersed with resting periods.
Pleased to say that the FFIN A Level students noticed this without prompting!

So première over and Megan and Catrin will be continuing their London sessions with Gary who is making a new duet for first viewing in May 2014
Effie and Mike working on some other projects and I am Wales based running the dance faktry and our youth volunteers project New Ground.  Four of our senior youth dancers with the dance faktry will be performing my work for the Earl of Wessex this coming Monday at the dedication service of Diamond Jubilee Square at St Michael’s Church Abertillery, a real honour for us all.
Next up is Easter Intensives and the Easter Dance Faktry Festival in April, then back on the road again.

Never a dull moment, hope you can catch us at a venue near you very soon …