Once again the Ffin Dance Faktry Festival is fast approaching and we have all been working tirelessly preparing for not only the 2014 Easter Dance Faktry Festival but also the A-Level Dance qualification with the FFIN DANCE Outreach and Education programme.
This year the festival has seemed to sneak up on us and there is only a matter of days until the madness of festival week kicks in. Members of all the County Dance groups have been rehearsing for the show, especially both the Blaenau Gwent County Youth Dance Companies who will be performing their new work at the festival this year. At Move (senior county company) we have had a chance to prepare our new work “Perseid” at a number of events that FFIN DANCE has been invited to show their work at this season This has been a great opportunity for the other youth dancers and myself to really show what youth dancers are capable of achieving.
This year’s show is destined to be the most successful yet and I am very excited to be able to perform once again in one of the local theatres in the county. This year’s faktry festival is especially exciting for me as the senior dancer of The Move as we will be working alongside FFIN DANCE company dancers Catrin and Megan at the Easter Dance Faktry Intensives which is a high-energy series of technical master classes. This once again, has been one of the busiest times of the calendar for The Move and for the Faktry. Let’s hope we survive the week !!
As the last day of preparation begins, lots of tying up to do. On Monday we begin the last phase of our studio time before we go out on the road. This is a very exciting phase for the company as it’s when we start work with guest choreographer Gary Lambert. We are all eagerly awaiting his arrival.
We welcome 2 new dancers to the company – Lucille Teppa and Effie Ward, and we have Catrin Lewis on work placement from Trinity Laban, so lots of new energy coming into the company.
Mark Read, our production manager is busy contacting venues with our technical requirement, and Matt production assistant, is tidying up our touring equipment into our new dedicated storage space in Abertillery. We have recently been given some extra portable flooring to use for our community projects which is good news.
We also start our holiday dance club scheme on Monday in Abertillery, providing free holiday dance classes and workshops to children. They will be undertaking 4 intensive days in the studio with a sharing for parents and friends on the last day.
Finally this weekend, we will be shortlisting the Easter Intensive applications and selecting from them a group of dancers who will work with us in April to create a new work for public performance.
Immensely proud of all of our achievements and those still to come. We hope to see you at one of our shows in the coming months