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I 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.
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My 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.
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Dance has always been part of my life from a young age, and I now find myself incredibly privileged to be working within this art form for my career. I have worked with Dawns i Bawb since 2002, beginning as a freelance dance practitioner and through to the development within my current post. As well as delivering on many different projects with a wide range of clientele my work now involves mentoring and leading on our newly founded apprenticeship scheme.
Working within community and educational contexts I am constantly amazed at the achievements and the positive benefits that dance can have on people lives, it never ceases to amaze me.
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My 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.
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Meinir Evans (Chair)
Aled Roberts (Vice Chair)
Eirian Pierce-Jones (Secretary)
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.
Dawns i Bawb, Uned 2, Galeri, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ, Wales