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In partnership with Ballet Cymru, we deliver a fusion of hip hop and ballet to school children at Mount Stuart Primary. Duets is about addressing fundamental gaps in provision for dance opportunities in Wales. Its goal is to reach out, to engage with people and families, particularly those living in poverty and low socio-economic areas in Wales and marginalised groups, and to support people to access dance, regardless of background, finances, race, belief, ability, and gender/orientation. 

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“As one of the head teachers of the primary schools where a number of our pupils have benefited from this innovative approach, I cannot praise the dedication and commitment of the staff from both companies highly enough.  It has been fantastic to see the progress the pupils involved have made, not only in terms of their dance skills but also in the development of their self-confidence and academic performance.” 

Jane Jenkins – Head Teacher, Moorland Primary School

Find out more about this exciting collaborative project from our Artistic Director Liara Barrusi below:

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Get Creative and join one of our 2023 classes. If you’re aged 7-18 years old and want to get involved in dance or music then we’ve got something for you. Scroll to see the timetable and book here. 

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We’re hiring a Marketing Coordinator & Project Coordinator. If you love youth culture and want to be involved in projects at the forefront of Welsh Culture, apply here.

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We’re hiring a Marketing Coordinator & Project Coordinator. If you love youth culture and want to be involved in projects at the forefront of Welsh Culture, apply here.
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Our 2022 line up!

In 2020 we released our first in a series of posts highlighting Black Welsh Creatives. This years list begins with a fresh line up of artists we haven’t featured before – comprising of creatives both born or based in Wales.

Multidisciplinary artists who work across different mediums with current projects being released across 2022.

Find out more about all of their upcoming projects on our stories this week ✨

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This year we’ve brought in some special guests to lead workshops with our Academy students. Talk to Coco delivered a mental health workshop where students explored through creativity and conversation.

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We’re hiring a Marketing Coordinator & Project Coordinator. If you love youth culture and want to be involved in projects at the forefront of Welsh Culture, apply here.
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DJ Willis joined us for a beginners workshop in mixing.

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The first ever BBC Young Dancer was held in 2015. It followed a nine month search to find the UK’s most gifted and dedicated dancers aged 16-20 in four categories; Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and South Asian Dance.

At the Final the winners from each category perform alongside two additional ‘wild cards’ for the overall title in front of a judging panel made up of some of the biggest names from the dance world. BBC Young Dancer, along with BBC Young Musician, is central to the BBC’s support of the arts and its commitment to the development of new talent.

Here, we take a look back at our journeys with BBC Young Dancer and the stories of our talent that made it to the finals.

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In 2015, Sharifa Tonkmore made it to the final for the Hip Hop category with her unique freestyle performance. Artistic Director, Liara Barussi was the Hip Hop category mentor, providing Sharifa support and encouragement throughout the process.

You can watch Sharifa’s performance here

In 2017 and 2019, Kate Morris made it to the Street Dance final, impressing judges with her theatrical performance that captured her abstract style of movement.

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Watch Kate’s performance here.

In 2017, Jodelle Douglas was the winner of the Street Dance category going on to perform in the finals at Sadler’s Wells theatre. 

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Watch Jodelle’s performance here

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Bringing those behind the scenes to the spotlight, GUAP GALA will highlight the creative key individuals that are often overlooked by traditional award ceremonies. With a total of 21 awards, the night will celebrate categories including Content Creator of the year, Podcast of the Year, Actor To Watch, Musician To Watch, Creative Business of the year and Model of the Year. But categories we are really excited to see are the awards for creatives that rarely get publicly praised like Best in Glam, Stylist of the year and many more that contribute to the creative culture.

From food to entertainment to venue, the overall experience of the night will be a nod to different cultures and some of the best talent the UK has to offer.

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“The GUAP GALA is going to be the jewel in the GUAP crown and fittingly the theme for the first year is around fairytales.”

For more information, visit guapgala.com to stay up to date and to find out how you can get involved.

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