Give a little something back

FFIN DANCE Fractal Image Paul Trask

Image Paul Trask

Hello to all you Ffin followers!
I hope you’re all well and looking forward to seeing us perform our triple bill at Coleg Y Cymoedd on the 11th March.
Just a few things to check in on this early Saturday morning. As I trek down from the city to the valley to teach The Move 21 starter class I suddenly realise it was indeed where I started at such a young age.
The Beaufort Theatre is my home theatre and also had the pleasure of giving me my very first job as a teenager working front of house.

Being asked by artistic director Sue to provide technique and masterclasses to dancers (old and new from the past 21 years) feels extremely special to me. The skills that I gained through Laban and previous projects can now be passed on to the dancers accordingly!

Regarding the company repertoire from May onwards, Megan and I will be replacing Synapsequence with a duet, which is currently in progress. Devised by Gary Lambert and initiated by theories and studies he is continuously analysing from his time spent in America, we witnessed the start of what is going to be something very honest and concentrated!
Not to spoil the development of the piece too much as it’s completely fresh and intimate for the three of us. However, footage of the tasks we undertook this week left us fulfilled and anxious to the “being” nature of the movement vocabulary.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend – see you at Nantgarw Campus next week for our first show of the Still Standing Tour

Cat. x


Busy times

_PRT0240I am currently preparing for the winter
dance faktry festival with the Blaenau Gwent county youth dance company The Move, Combination
Dance and I’m also creating a solo as part of my A level Dance course with FFIN DANCE.

It is a very busy time for me and my fellow dancers because we are all working hard and doing lots of rehearsals to ensure our pieces are ready and polished for the show.
It is very tiring preparing for a show but it is also very enjoyable and rewarding. It is especially rewarding to see the pieces progress as the show gets closer.
With The Move I am performing a piece called Distort which we have performed before: we have worked on developing the piece and getting back to the original intention of the piece ready for the faktry festival performance. In Combination Dance, we are working on a new piece so it will be exciting to perform it for one of the first times. Finally I have been creating a solo piece which is to help
with my A Level Dance studies with Ffin Dance. Making my first solo piece has been very challenging but I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of making my own choreography although it’s been particularly hard at times. There’s a lot involved – much more involved in making your own piece than I ever thought!
There’s the lights,costume,title all things I’ve never considered when dancing before. It’s very rewarding to see it all starting to come together now and I am looking forward to performing my solo.

I’m really looking forward to the show next week and so are my
fellow dancers.

Gemma Two hearts

Busy preps

Aimée Broad The Move Image Paul Trask

Aimée Broad
The Move
Image Paul Trask

As a member of Combination Dance,  The Move Youth Dance Company and a Leapers Dance group leader, I am busy preparing for our Easter dance faktry festival and have been for weeks, along with my fellow dancers.

As it is the first showcase of 2013 we are all eager to perform and set a high standard for the rest of the year.  I am currently recovering from an ankle injury, I badly sprained it and tore ligaments, which stopped me physically dancing for weeks on end, but I still attended classes to ensure I could participate by learning visually. I have been back in classes for a few weeks now, fortunately, just in time for the rehearsals and preparation of the showcase.

We, the members of Combination Dance will be performing a very vibrant piece, a work in progress, that we have been working on for a few weeks. Undergoing regular rehearsals, ensuring a lot of hard work, focus and commitment. The music for this piece is very different to the recent Combination Dance pieces, as it is a tango remix. This has been challenging in some ways, but refreshing in others, as we have had the opportunity as a class to discover and explore a new type of music.
The Leapers Dance class will also be performing a new, never seen before piece. The piece is very funny and funky, and the little dancers (some as young as 4) seem to enjoy every minute of it. As well as working hard to learn the choreography, they have have also been working hard creating their own movements and choreography to include in the piece, with the help of myself and the other group leaders. Recently we’ve had many new little Leapers start the class and they’ve all settled in very well, I hope they enjoy their first ever dance show as much as they’ve enjoyed learning the piece.
The Only Way Is Plastic, will be performed by The Move for the last time in he Easter dance faktry festival. We’ve all enjoyed working on and performing this piece, which depicts the importance of body image and appearance within society, and features hits from Duran Duran and The Rolling Stones. It’s a piece that focuses more on physical theatre than technical dancing, which is a form most of us have barely experienced previous to this opportunity, so it was nice to experience and widen our knowledge in a new area of dance. I’m sure we’ll all be a little sad to perform this piece for the last time because of all the fun we’ve had and skills we’ve gained, but we’re also looking forward to a new challenge.
Hope to see you at the show on April 5th at The Met in Abertillery
Aimée Broad – Youth Dancer

Hard Work And Focus

Photo Paul Trask

As a member of ‘The Move’, Blaenau Gwent Youth Dance Company, I am currently very busy preparing for the piece ‘Deeper’ that will be showcased Saturday in the annual Winter Dance Faktry Festival.

Myself and all other members of The Move have recently been undergoing consistent rehearsal periods in preparation for Saturday’s showcase, involving a fair amount of hard work, commitment, focus, effort and amendments.

This time of year is exceptionally busy but exciting for members of The Move, as each member is involved in other community youth dance classes and projects across the borough, including ‘New Ground’ community dance project, ‘Leapers’ community dance class and ‘ADYC’ Abertillery Youth Dance Company, Some of whom are also performing in the Winter Dance Faktry Festival.

This week rehearsal periods and preparation time has been increased, with the intention of creating an intensive rehearsal regime generating positive effect, a lot to rehearse with little time to do it. Although this could have the potential to be strenuous it is beneficial in every way and a vital way of improving our performance skills as young dancers, encouraging us to always strive for better, even if we believe that we are currently doing our best.  It would be great if you can come and support our work at the Festival.

Aimée Broad Aged 17