by Issie Lloyd, Dance Development Worker
After a lot of heavy planning and preparation our 30th Birthday Physical Fusion Dance Platform turned out to be a huge success!! A Dance Night filled with a variety of dance acts such as Funk Styles, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Breakin’, Swing Dance, Capoeira and Samba!
The audience was spoilt for choice with some of Wales’ most talented community, youth and professional groups presenting their work. By the end of the night, community-based Samba group ‘Samba Galez’ covered the stage and filled the theatre with live Samba music. With the live Bateria blaring, the audience jumped up to the front of the auditorium and danced their socks off. This was a chance for EVERYONE to join in the dancing, follow the Samba rhythms and let their hair down.
The atmosphere throughout the night was immense and the beauty of watching all the acts and audience members dancing together proved just how powerful dance can be.
A big thank you to all the acts who participated in the Physical Fusion Dance Platform: Junior Streetworx (Rubicon), KID Crew, ILLimination, Riqo-Shay, Bridgend Youth Dance, Meibion, Funkamental, Swing Dance Cardiff, Nucleo De Capoeiragem and Samba Galez.
Another big thank you to all our funders, especially The Arts Council of Wales for supporting this event, to The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, for working in partnership with us, and to Bridgend County Borough Council who core fund our creative work in the Borough.
I am hoping that as a result of this event the dance acts have made strong networks and can prepare future opportunities with one another. Valley and Vale Community Arts will be hosting a follow up day of workshops from the Physical Fusion Dance Platform using the performers to deliver dance workshops in their speciality.
The Physical Fusion Dance Workshops will take place on Sunday 25th March in partnership with The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, in the main hall from 11.30pm-6pm. Time to get your dancing shoes on! Contact us on: 01656 729246 or email [email protected] for more info.