DUETS also provided practical teacher training for professional dancers/artists. By creating a series of intensive work placements that are flexible and tailored to specific and individual needs, these professional placements help to expand career development for professional dancers in Wales.
“Rubicon Dance in Cardiff offer remarkable programmes to support the development of the community dance workforce, notably it’s three-month tailor made professional programme in collaboration with Ballet Cymru. This programme is robust all-round training for emerging dance artists, furnishing them with the skills to earn a living from their passion. The support they receive is from industry experts who have ‘been there and bought the t’shirt’ so can offer real knowledge from earned experience in the field. These people know what they are talking about and the programme provides a unique hotbed of learning and skills exchange”.
Nina Atkinson – Artistic Director of Loop Dance Theatre, Kent and currently researching exemplary methods of mentoring/training UK wide as part of an MA at Trinity Laban, London.
Emma Jenkins – Vocational Placement with Rubicon Dance
Update!! Emma is now dancing with Jasmin Vardimon Company! Well Done Emma!……
Completing the DUETS professional placement (vocational) with Rubicon Dance and Ballet Cymru enabled me to develop and grow as a dance artist and I am now studying with Jasmin Vardimon company on their JV2 professional development certificate programme. I will forever be grateful to Rubicon Dance and Ballet Cymru for helping me to bridge the gap after graduating and enabling me to reach this stage in my career. It is the support, training and guidance I received during my time on the placement that got me to JV2 and I am especially thankful to my mentor Paul Davies who believed in me, challenged me and helped me every step of the way.
Thanks to Rubicon, Ballet Cymru and the DUETS professional vocational placement for the past six months I have been living my dream of dancing every day. I have been technically and creatively challenged as a dancer and pushed outside my comfort zone in the studio. Through working with a range of choreographers I have gained a valuable insight into what it would be like to work for a professional dance company. In addition to this, I have developed skills in networking and made lots of new contacts in the dance sector.
I feel incredibly lucky to have been given this opportunity and will forever be grateful to Rubicon and Ballet Cymru for providing me with such superb training, guidance and knowledge!
Lucy Davies – Community Dance Placement with Rubicon Dance.
“The past 6 months during my placement has been interesting, exciting, busy, hectic and challenging, but it has been one of the best learning experiences! It has allowed me to develop my skills as a dance leader with a diverse range of groups, whilst being supported by knowledgeable and experienced dance leaders and mentors.
Being part of a community dance organisation has been great as I’ve been able to make great contacts and relationships with other freelance dance teachers like me, as well as seeing how a successful community dance organisation works.
I’m now looking forward to what I have planned for next term when I’m out working in the community as a community dance leader, which would not have been possible without the placement!
Professional Placement Programme – September 2017- April 2018
Dance leader working in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan – April 2018 onwards
Since finishing my professional placement in April 2018 it has been an exciting time. I was given my own Rubicon sessions to lead straight after the Easter holidays, some sessions which I work shadowed during my placement and some brand new ones. Starting new sessions and meeting lots of new contacts, children, young people, head teachers can be quite scary to jump straight into, but I felt totally prepared and ready for the challenge!
I have been working in four primary schools in Cardiff working with children aged 6-11 during curriculum time and after school – each school very different therefore the range and diversity of children I work with is great and really challenges me!
I have also had the chance to start a session in Ty Gwyn working with a community group which includes children with disabilities and learning disabilities and their families and carers – this has been my biggest challenge so far, but I have loved it! This was an area of community dance that I had no experience with before my placement but having work shadowed Sophie and Esther at Rubicon leading sessions like these I have been able to draw on all their skills and experience, combined with my own leadership skills and personality and the session is going great – it’s one of the highlights of my week!
There have also been a few one-off dance sessions in community groups around Cardiff and I also worked with three Flying Start groups – an early year’s programme for families with children under 4 years of age – doing a four week block with each. This was great, and I learnt a lot from each group as I was really having to ‘think on my feet’ at each session as not one was ever the same. The children were constantly changing from week to week and trying to work with the parents too was a new challenge, but a valuable experience to learn from!!
I now have a few weeks off during the summer (with a few summer school sessions set up to keep my brain working) and then September 2018 is looking super busy with new sessions starting at Rubicon both out in the community on the development programmes and on the centre programme teaching Jazz and ballet which I am really looking forward too! If somebody had told me this time last year I would never have believed I would have this much work leading dance sessions especially to such a huge range of children, young people and adults! I have learnt so much up to now both from my placement and whilst leading sessions but know I still have so much more to learn which is exciting, and I’m looking forward to whatever September brings!