Sally Russell

Classical ballet trained (Advanced executant, Royal Academy of Dancing) at Hammond School, entered children for RAD exams throughout twenty years, running own school in Warwickshire. 'Retired' from formal dance teaching on relocation to Wales and developed 'Dance for Life' (contemporary movement and drama) for the benefit of children in County Schools. An Open College Network unit of accreditation is now available for teachers, classroom helpers and youth workers to achieve for the children in their care. Entitled 'Facilitating Dancedrama workshops' and administered by Powys Youth Service, registration forms and enrolment for one day's training are available from Began SAMs (Stage Academy Members) this year, at Llanidloes newly restored Community Centre, to promote and encourage the wealth of performance talent amongst our local Primary School children. Celebrated SAMs' first show on August 11th, which included the debut of the Youth Service's Teen Spirit (trained by Melody Haszczyn, of Ebony and Ivories) and Amber Deacon's popular blend of lyrical contemporary with street dance. Organised Performing Arts Week 2009, which started its second year Summer School on August 10th, with classes from visiting teachers, Shirley Grahame (Royal Ballet) and Sharon Calder (drama). PAW2009 extended through to the last Tuesday of the holidays, when Electric Youth came across from Rhayader to give an exhilarating workshop to the younger members of Silvertwigs (ballet) and SAMs. Joined by drummer Patrick Farmer in the morning, excerpts from the day were recorded by Sophie King of Sounds Eclectic, mobile recording studio. Electric Youth, Sophie King and myself have been very fortunate in receiving Awards from UnLtd, the Millennium Fund for social entrepreneurs. We all contribute to fundraising for Wales' first Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Cardiff, which opened in the Spring of this year.

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