About Us


Dawns i Bawb’s vision -

  • Everybody can dance
  • Through responding to the needs of our participants, we can ensure that dance is accessible to all
  • Our priority is to offer high quality, Welsh or bilingual dance provision
  • Dance reflects, informs, shapes and influences the cultural identity of Wales giving people a sense of place and an opportunity for non-verbal self expression
  • Responding, questioning, challenging and experimenting are at the core of our work
  • Partnerships with strong benefits are essential to greater developments and achievements
  • Dance has the potential to have a positive and life-affirming impact on the lives of individuals and communities
  • Dance can positively contribute to a number of agendas including health and well-being, social inclusion, cultural identity and economy and regeneration
  • Risk taking plays an important part in developing a programme of activity that is exciting, relevant, creative and original
  • As one of the only Community Dance organisations in Wales working primarily through the medium of Welsh, we have a role and responsibility to maintain a strong and empowering Welsh language dance provision and believe that dance can be a positive medium through which people can explore and celebrate their language and culture

The Team

 

CatherineI started dancing at the age of 11 with my local Youth Dance Group and in 2000, gained a BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance from De Montfort University, Leicester.

I have worked as a Community Dance Artist and Choreographer for the past 16 years.

Community Dance is my greatest passion and nothing fascinates or pleases me more than witnessing people of all ages and abilities expressing themselves through movement. I firmly believe that anyone can dance and i love that our profession offers the opportunities for people to discover this.

catherine@dawnsibawb.org
01286 685 220

FionaMy background is in professional theatre management. I worked as Marketing and Sales Manager at Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor a receiving theatre which presented an eclectic programme of artistic events between 1989-2008.

I also worked for the Welsh language touring theatre branch 'Cwmni Theatr Gwynedd' which toured Wales until 2008, producing quality work such as ‘Awe Bryncoch’ a theatre version of the S4C popular comedy series ‘C’Mon Midffild’. Translations of the classics - Anton Chekhov’s 'Y Gelli Geirios' - (The Cherry Orchard)- and Tennessee Williams’ 'Y Werin Wydr' - (The Glass Menagerie) plus many more Welsh classics such as ‘William Jones’ and 'Y Twr’.

Since 2008 | have worked as Administrative Manager for Dawns i Bawb. The service that Dawns i Bawb provides for all social groupings especially dance in education gives me personal career satisfaction. The educational projects show that Dance is a powerful medium and that important issues can be tackled.

I am privileged to work in the Arts sector and believe, that the Arts in all of its different guises can make a difference in people’s lives.

fiona@dawnsibawb.org
01286 685 220

Keren Meadows I started dancing at the age of 4, and quickly discovered it to be my ‘safe’ place. Since graduating with a BA Hons in Dance in 2015, I have worked across Gwynedd as a freelance Dance Artist and Teacher, before taking on the role of Dance Co-ordinator for Dawns i Bawb. My belief is that everyone has the potential to move, and I love creating spaces for individuals to re-connect with their bodies and find their own movement vocabulary. I enjoy working with different generations, providing all with opportunities to experience dance. My hope is to see dance inspire self-confidence,
creativity, health and well-being in our communities and and bring people together.

NicolaMy background is in the Civil Service having worked for the Welsh Office and Welsh Assembly Government for a total of 25 years. I have been working in the 3rd Sector for the past 4 years, initially for Children in Wales and more recently for Dawns i Bawb.

I have always loved dancing (although I’m personally not very good at it!) and firmly believe that everyone should be given the opportunity of experiencing and enjoying dance.

I’m very proud of the fact that Dawns i Bawb works in the local community and gives people of all ages and backgrounds as well as disadvantaged groups and those with disabilities the opportunity to take part and benefit from dance.

nicola@dawnsibawb.org
01286 685 220

ElinI started dancing at a young age in Llanberis and instantly fell in love with the freedom it gave me. After studing in college I realised how much I loved not only dancing but teaching and working with others and seeing them grow and seeing how dance was bringing people together.

I started with Dawns i Bawb in 2014 as an apprentice and now work for them as a Dance Development Practitioner. In this role I get the pleasure of working with children and adults of all ages and abilities from toddlers to older people in care homes.

I love working with all these wonderful and marvellous people as it shows that dance really is for all.

JulieI am a dance artist and musician. I have been working with Dawns i Bawb since 2017 and have recently attained the post of Dance Development Practitioner.

Dance has been a passion from an early age. I studied theatre and dance at Sylvia Young's, London. In 2000, I achieved my A.L.C.M. at Chetham's School of Music, which qualified me to perform and teach singing and music theatre.

I fuse music, dance and singing into my teaching practise. My passion is to bring out people's creative energy.
I love working with intergenerational groups with a commitment to facilitating inclusive wellbeing sessions for all ages and abilities. I value Dawns i Bawb's cultural and inclusive ethos.

LaurenWhen I first started with Dawns i Bawb I was a confident teacher only through the medium of the English language. Since taking a year long internship with them developing dance and disabilities and since recently becoming a Dance development Practitioner I can now confidently teach predominantly through the medium of Welsh.

Not only the Language development but I have become a much more inclusive dance teacher gaining a vast amount of experience in teaching a wide range of ages and abilities.

The learning is always on going and Dawns i Bawb is constantly providing more training and learning. Even with the current situation - this has not restricted my development, only provided opportunities online to have training from professionals far and wide.

 

Additional Information


Fon Roberts – Chair Person
Ann Postle – Vice Chair
Betsan Llwyd – Vice Chair
Gwilym Roberts
Meinir Evans
Olwen Green
Elizabeth Fletcher
Eddie Ladd
Llyr ap Rhisiart
Idwal Williams
Carys Wynne-Williams - Representative from Arts Council of Wales

We work in an area of great beauty and inspiration. It is very large and mainly rural with many mountains and valleys. This means a lot of traveling so we can reach remote places and ensure access to dance activity for all.

We also work in an area which has the smallest average income in the UK.

This has a great impact on our sustainability as the cost of delivering activities is higher than other places due the distances to cover, but we also need to remain accessible. It is a challenge and we want to do more, which is why we set up an Apprenticeship Scheme to train more people to work in their community with our support.

North Wales has a distinct regional identity. Welsh is the first language in most of the area and it is essential that we deliver our activities in Welsh or bilingually.

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Dawns i Bawb, Uned 2, Galeri, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ, Wales
Phone: +44 (0) 1286 685 220 | E-mail: post@dawnsibawb.org