Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre will soon host free taster dance workshops for d/Deaf young people as Jones the Dance’s Quiet Beats comes to town on Sunday 3rd December.
Quiet Beats will introduce the transformational wellbeing benefits of dance to d/Deaf young people aged between 7-14, who may have not yet been able to experience dance and movement due to barriers often faced in traditional dance class settings. This project has expanded from existing piloted initiatives carried out by Jones the Dance throughout the pandemic, which sought to keep young dancers connecting with professional dancers and choreographers during lockdown.
The sessions will be run by a leading Welsh Dance artist, Amber Howells and supported by BSL writer and performer, Sarah Adedeji. The company says it wants to give young d/Deaf people some of the best dance workshop opportunities available in Wales today. They regularly work with professional d/Deaf dancers but find they have to go outside of Wales to find these dancers as there are not the development opportunities currently available – through the dedicated arm of their Young Company they hope this will begin to change.
Jones the Dance Artistic Director, Gwyn Emberton said, “We hope that through these taster workshops young people may consider becoming members of our Young Company. We want to create opportunities for young d/Deaf people to be the dancers of tomorrow if they wish. We will support young people to reach their potential and gain the immense confidence that can be achieved through dance opportunities- in a supportive, creative, and fun environment.”
The taster sessions will run at The Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli on Sunday 3rd December, at 2pm (7-11 year olds) and 3:15pm (11-14 year olds). The sessions are free to attend and can be booked on the Theatrau Sir Gâr website at www.theatrausirgar.co.uk, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The taster workshops have been kindly funded by the National Grid.