January 2 2008

Dancing in the New Year

Parent and Toddler Dance Group

The New Year has brought some new and exciting projects to our Dance Department in 2008. Dance Development Worker Paula Gray is running a new Parent and Toddler Creative Dance Workshop at the Garw Valley Leisure Centre, giving little ones the opportunity to explore movement with music and parachute games with their parent or carer.  During February, Paula and Saydi Williams (Dance Development Worker ) will begin a new five week PESS project with five schools in the Bridgend Borough – Nottage Primary, Newton Primary, Porthcawl Primary, West Park Primary and Porthcawl Comprehensive School.

The Contemporary Dance Technique class continues at Bridgend College with Saydi now working with year one BTEC Performing Arts students. This class gives the students the opportunity for professional development by expanding their experience of dance technique and building confidence as they peruse their possible future careers in the Arts. Saydi has also begun an After School Dance Club at Maesteg Comprehensive School where pupils are working on a jazz piece based on ‘Chicago’.

‘Xplosion’ Youth Dance are continuing their creative rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at Ogmore Comprehensive School, preparing themselves for their exciting ‘Valleys Dance Initiative’ performance tour.  Their first perfomance will be at Porthcawl Pavilion on 22nd February 2008.

For young people who interested in dance there is a fantastic opportunity to participate in our Easter Community Performance Residency. Participants will work with two professional Dance Artists who were selected through Welsh Independent Dance’s choreographic programme Dance Bytes. This residency will be held at Ogmore Comprehensive School on 3rd, 4th and 5th April. Participants will work with the dancers to create a 10-15 min piece that will be performed alongside the dancers’ own choreography on 5th April.