Rubicon is delighted to announce a new training programme for young dancers in South Wales generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust.  The Rubicon Dance Advanced Training Scheme will work to enhance the organisation's current Talent Development Department and offer young dancers the opportunity to engage in high-quality dance training which will run alongside their existing schooling and education commitments.

Unlike the other nations of the UK, Wales does not have a government-funded talent development programme for dance.  The result means that young dancers from low socio-economic / ethnically diverse backgrounds tend to be underrepresented. Rubicon aims to address this gap and has developed a cohesive training programme which will have the new Rambert Grades syllabus at its core.

To access dance careers, young people need to be sustained, high quality and intensive dance training from an early age.  Such training is usually unaccredited, with funding not available from statutory sources but working through Rambert Grades and with the support from the Leverhulme Trust, our new students will experience consistent, high quality accredited dance training without facing the financial barriers historically experienced by young Welsh dancers.  Rubicon Dance Advanced Training Scheme will provide a much-needed bridge into vocational study for young people who would otherwise not be able to access careers in dance.

As part of the project, Rubicon will work in partnership and build relationships with 5 secondary schools per year in order to increase and support existing dance provision as well as identifying potential students for the new training programme. 

Rubicon defines excellence in terms of technical virtuosity, creativity and artistry which is of a consistently high level.  Excellence requires high-level dance skills which we build on a foundation of teaching quality, the quality of the learning environment and student outcomes. Rambert Grades is the only dance training programme of its kind giving equal weight to the development of technique, performance, and creativity.  With Rambert grades at the heart of this new programme alongside master classes in additional techniques, injury prevention, performance opportunities and individual learning plans for each student, Rubicon aims to nurture intelligent, enquiring young Welsh dancers who will have the skills and confidence to continue their training and pursue sustainable careers within the dance sector.

Kathryn Williams, Director of Rubicon Dance said, “This is a significant moment for the development of the next generation of dancers in Wales.  The Leverhulme Trust’s transformational grant begins to level the playing field in terms of adequately funded advanced training for aspiring Welsh dancers relative to their peers in the other home nations. An important feature of this funding is the Leverhulme Trust’s commitment to Rubicon’s vision of proactive detection of undiscovered potential.  Removing the financial barriers to accessing the high quality, regular intensive dance training would-be dancers need opens the door to a career in dance to a much more diverse range of young people.  This radical and well-resourced 4-year project is a much-needed boost to the dance infrastructure here in Wales.” 

Rubicon Dance Advanced Training Scheme will be delivered at Rubicon every Sunday during term time from 09.30 – 16.30.  For more information contact [email protected]

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