Rubicon Dance: 40 years of tutus, tap and throwing shapes on the dancefloor

23 August 2017

Last week, an Inksplott reader asked if I had run an article on all the local fitness classes on offer:  “Have you done any articles on where to exercise in splott and surrounds? I know about the women’s running group, the hub classes etc., but am sure there are loads more and would love to find out!” (thank you Ruth Mercy!)

Inksplott has featured certain sports clubs, like Girls Together Splott, Splott Albion Minis football club and Splott Phoenix Bowls Club, but there hasn’t been a single article capturing most of what’s going on, keep-fit-wise, in one place.  That article is in progress, thanks to a shoutout on social media that received an incredible response (which is why the article will take a few days!) but some of the responses have been so fantastic that they deserve articles of their very own.  More individual posts will follow, but first up and launching the Splotlight Series on ‘Fitness and Fun in Splott’ is Adamsdown gem and much cherished Rubicon Dance.

For those not in the know, Rubicon Dance delivers outstanding dance practice that enriches creativity, encourages learning and increases happiness and wellbeing.

Rubicon is the community dance development organisation for Cardiff and Newport and was one of the first of its kind in the UK. It was launched in 1976, as the Cardiff Community Dance Project based at the Sherman Theatre, and relocated to Adamsdown in the early 1980s (and yes, we are very jealous here in Splott, but thankfully it’s just over the bridge).  Rubicon is one of the 69 Arts Council Wales Revenue Funded Organisations.

Rubicon offers a range of dance classes across Cardiff and Newport, at their fully accessible studios in Nora St, Adamsdown, and at community venues including Day Centres, Community Centres, Hospitals and Schools.  They offer classes for young people – from 18 months old upwards – to the elderly.  Their oldest participant is well into her 90s.

They have run classes for people with learning disabilities for over 25 years and most of their participants have been attending for many years.  In addition, their newer classes for young people with learning disabilities have proved very successful, and they have performed at several events across Cardiff including The Accolade Awards, and the Fragile X Flashmob.

Adam Lloyd-Binding, Centre Coordinator at Rubicon said:

“We are very proud of being based in Adamsdown – being at the heart of the community is exactly what we are all about.”

In 1986, Rubicon’s One Year, Full Time Preliminary Training Course was launched, in response to a demand from dancers who wanted to explore the art form more fully. The course grew, as did the demand and has now become fully accredited course; providing for many, bedrock for vocational training and dance related careers.

It’s the only course of its kind in Wales. It is a stepping stone for students of different ages, abilities and experiences to develop their skills and technique. It’s a challenge, where training is about nurture; developing good quality and integrity in dance practice. It’s an opportunity to discover talent.  Learners will see how dance transforms and engages people by participating in sessions and supporting Rubicon’s youth provision, education and school work, people with disabilities, adult over 50’s groups in community centres in Cardiff and Newport. But most importantly, it’s an opportunity to learn how to support each other, in an environment where learners can reach their full, creative potential.

In addition to all this, Rubicon offers training opportunities, mentoring opportunities, work placements, bursary schemes, a summer school, workshops and much more.

Here’s the latest adult programme:

Centre Programme for Autumn Term 2017 4th September – 8th December

Half Term 30th October – 3rd November

Ballet classes start 14th September

Classes for Adults with Disabilities start 18th September

 

Adult Classes

Monday

Dance for Disabled Adults
1:15-2:15
£33.00 per term

Barre Concept
6:00-7:00
£5.50 per session

 

Tuesday

Dance for Disabled Adults
1:15-2:15  £33.00 per term

Bharata Natyam
6:30-8:00
£65.00 per term

 

Wednesday

Beginners Ballet
6:30-7:30
£5.50 per session

Contemporary
6:30-8:00
£6.00 per session

Thursday

Dance for Adults with High Support Needs
9:45-10:35
£4.00 per session

Dance for Disabled Adults
11:00-12:00
£33.00 per term

Intermediate Ballet
6:00-7:00
£5.50 per session

Advanced Ballet
7:00-8:30
£6.00 per session

Tap Beginners/Level 1
7:00-8:00
£5.50 per session

Tap Level 2/3
8:00-9:00
£5.50 per session

 

Friday

Dance for Disabled Adults
1:15-2:15
£33.00 per term

 

Here’s the latest programme for children/young people:

 

Centre Programme for Autumn Term 2017
4th September – 9th December
Half Term 30th October – 3rd November

 

Monday

Youth Contemporary 9-13 years
5:00-6:00
£3.00 per session

 

Tuesday

Junior Nubrico*
8-11 years
4:15-5:15
£3.00 per session

Young Nubrico*
12-14 years
5:15-6:30
£3.00 per session

Nuworx: *Street Performance Group 14 years +
5:15-7:00
£5.00 per session

Bharata Natyam Beginners 8 years+
6:30-8:00
£65.00 per term

 

Wednesday

conFUSION: * 13 years +
4:30-5:15
£3.00 per session

(Performance group for young people with learning difficulties)  Fusion:  12 years +
5:15-6:00
£3.00 per session

(Dance for young people with learning difficulties) Junior Street 8-12 years
4:30-5:15
£3.00 per session

Junior Nuworx*
5:15-6:15
£3.00 per session

 

Thursday

Nubrico:* Contemporary Performance Group 15 years+
5:30-7:00
£4.00 per session

 

Friday

Boys only Dance 7 years +
4:45-5:30
£3.00 per session

Boys Re:BOUND -in Partnership with ReBourne* 9 years+
5:30-6:45
£3.50 per session

 

Saturday

Family Session (Adults with Toddlers)
9:30-10:15
£3.00 per session

Toddlers Dance 3-4 years
10:30-11:15
£3.00 per session

Boys only Dance 7-10 years
10:00-10:45
£3.00 per session

Ballet for Children 5-7 years
10:45-11:30
£3.00 per session

Infants Dance 5-7 years
11:30-12:15
£3.00 per session

Ballet for Children 8-12 years
11:30-12:15
£3.00 per session

Junior Dance 8-12 years
12:30-1:30
£3.00 per session

 

*Audition/Invitation only

 

To find out more about what’s on offer, visit the website or follow Rubicon on Facebook or Twitter:

Website

Facebook

Twitter @RubiconDance

Rubicon Dance, Nora Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff, CF24 1ND

Tel: 02920 491477

Email: info@rubicondance.co.uk

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