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

Winter Dance Faktry Festival 2012

Image Paul Trask

CDDC performs in FFIN DANCE Winter PPD 2011

Building upon the success of the past 3 annual Winter Festivals, FFIN DANCE is excited to release a slightly new model to all professional dancers and/or emerging choreographers.

This year artists can chose to do:
either a 3 day intensive PPD Professional Performance Development in the studio with the company, taking daily technique class and learning current repertory.  Cost £30


or a 2 day rehearsal and performance opportunity of new work created by themselves.
This platform is designed specifically for emerging choreographers who want to show their work to a public audience without having to worry about the stress of marketing and forking out hefty hire fees for rehearsal, tech time and theatre hire. Choreographers will get guidance and support from Sue Lewis and will be given a DVD of the performance and images for future use.  Cost £50

There is also an option to do both for £70

13th – 15th November 2012 – PPD
16th – 17th November 2012 – Festival

Please apply via e mail to by 5pm on 19th October 2012

Further information by text or call 07854 910926

Looking forward to meeting you!



Countdown to Ed Fest 4

And so, one more sleep to go and then we are off to Edinburgh.  Cases packed and double checked (triple check tomorrow morning) and very much looking forward to our first time performing at the Fringe.  I picked up on a really useful piece of advice today on Twitter from @fringereview who tweeted that the Fringe need not be a rat race and you don’t need to race to enjoy it.  That really hit home for me, as I had started to feel the rat race groove, inadvertently being drawn in to an unknown environment.  This has put me much more at ease.

And so to travel, flying from Bristol tomorrow for our exceptionally early get-in on Saturday morning (6am!!) and opening show at 11am.
Hopping over to Dance Base later on then to see Andy Howitt’s show GOD – grumpy old dancer and do a bit of networking.  Second show on Sunday morning at 11am and fly back Sunday night.

As one trip finishes another one starts – we travel to Germany on Tuesday for a week spent in preparing for the Tanz@Namedy Festival curated by Gary Lambert.  But more about that next week.

Thanks for following my Ed Fest countdowns, chat soon….

sue lewis

Edinburgh – All Systems Go

The marketing and publicity for our visit to Edinburgh Fringe Festival is taking over the office at the moment.  Very exciting to be picking up our new postcards tomorrow.  

As this is our first time performing at the Fringe, we are keen to make a good and lasting impression.  We are hoping that venue programmers will like our show and invite us to tour  in Scotland with our new show – Inspired in 2013.

It would be great if you, our fans and friends, can give us a little help by helping to spread the word about our shows at C Venues in Edinburgh on August 4th and 5th at 11am.  If you are around the festival at that time, it would be marvellous to meet up for a coffee.

Images for postcards by Paul Trask and Jim Markland

sue lewis