In partnership with Coleg Sir Gar, WWTP, Rubicon Dance, and Heidi Wilson, Freelance Experienced Dance Practitioner based in mid-Wales we would like to offer those working in dance across Wales a short course, funded by Welsh Government's Personal Learning Account programme. The PLA programme aims to provide support across Wales for employed people earning under the median income, furloughed workers, and employed individuals who have been negatively impacted by the economy to gain higher-level skills which will enable these individuals to access a wider range of job opportunities and/or gain employment at a higher level.   

Training providers:
  •  Heidi Wilson, Freelance Experienced Dance Practitioner – Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s case study 
  •  Paul Whittaker and Tamsin Griffiths, Four in Four Arts – Arts & Mental Health 
  •  Melanie Wotton, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 
  •  Sally Lewis, Arts Council of Wales  
  •  Angela Rogers/freelance artist, Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network (WAHWN)  
  •  Esther KilBride, Rubicon Dance, Woodcroft Care Home case study 
  •  Sharon Teear and Anwen Davies, Rubicon Dance, Stroke and dance/movement case study 

The sessions will be a mix of sharing and talking as well as a practical element. We require people to attend all eight sessions and the dates and times are as follows – Monday, July 5th to Thursday, July 8th. Morning sessions are 10.00-12.00 and afternoon sessions 1.00-2.30. 

For bookings contact [email protected]

* The short course would be offered free of charge to those eligible and working in the dance and arts community in Wales, with the aim of re-engaging, upskilling and empowering participants to take the next step in their career. Individuals must meet the criteria listed below to receive a funded place.   

Individuals must:   
  • Live in Wales  
  • Want to gain skills/qualifications in priority sectors  
  • Be 19 years or over  
In addition, individuals must meet at least one of the following criteria:  
  • Employed people (including self-employed) earning under the median income (£26k), or  
  • furloughed workers, or  
  • workers on zero-hours contracts, or  
  • agency staff, or,  
  • at risk of being made redundant, or  
  • employed individuals that have been or potentially will be 'financially' negatively impacted by the economy.  
Individuals are ineligible (at the point of application) if they are:  
  • Under the age of 18, or  
  • attending school or college full-time as a pupil or student, or  
  • in full-time higher education, or  
  • in Welsh Government funded Work-Based Learning, or  
  • in receipt of and Assemble Learning Grant or Education Maintenance Allowance, or  
  • unemployed.    

To raise awareness of the current context of health and wellbeing in the arts (dance) in Wales as a possible future career direction  


By the end of this course participants will:   

  • have a basic understanding of arts and health as part of policy and strategic planning   
  • be introduced to models of good practice (case studies) of dance in health and wellbeing   
  • be signposted to further training and qualifications   
Who the course is aimed at:   
  • Recent graduates, people considering a career transition, pre-university students who may be interested in a career in arts and health, people in the health and wellbeing sector who wish to raise their awareness of arts practices   
  • Arts & Health Awareness for early-stage dance practitioners from across Wales focusing on what Arts & Health is, its values, where the work is happening, current priorities in Wales.  
Progression opportunity for participants on completion of this course:
  • We would see this as an opportunity to bring new/early career dance practitioners into the Wales Wide Training Programme where they can access some of the nineteen strands of WWTP in particular relevant Arts & Health related CPD where they can meet more experienced dance practitioners from across Wales. Previous WWTP training has included Dance for People Living with Dementia (practice and research), Rubicon's work in the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales (Play Specialist perspective), Dance for People Living with Parkinson's delivered in partnership with WWTP, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Rubicon Dance and People Dancing, Dance for those in recovery from addictions, Dance for Older People, Dance and Mental Health and Dance for people with disabilities.