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Rubicon dance celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and they continue to thrive within the Adamstown community in Cardiff. A community dance development organisation, its aim is to showcase the health and psychological benefits of dance.

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Rubicon dance also run the flagship for youth disability dance performance groups (Picture courtesy of Rubicon dance)

Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the company provide dance classes for people of all ages and ability to access high quality dance activities. Based at their studio in Adamstown, Rubicon dance aims to bring the classes to you. They teach in a variety of community settings from schools, hospitals and healthcare services to care homes. With classes to suit all abilities, interests and styles from classical ballet to hip-hop, people are spoilt for choice.

Centre manager, Adam Lloyd-Binding says, “What we do is provide people with opportunity. Either as a way to keep fit, for social benefits or as a career, we offer a range of classes for everyone in the community.”

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Dancing doesn’t stop when you’re over 50 (Picture courtesy of Rubicon dance)

According to the International Dance and Teachers’ Association, (IDTA), in urban and rural communities dancing benefits everyone, providing an overall community feeling of well being and togetherness.

Richard Parr, producer at People Dancing, supports dance development in communities across Wales. He says, “Dance offers social and cultural benefits, combating social isolation and gives people a sense of place and purpose in their community.”

Thanks to the ‘Strictly effect’ overall dance companies throughout the country have seen a growth in members. According to Adam, it’s no longer a “high brow” affair as programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing demonstrates, people of all ability can give it a go. He added, “In the last ten years, dance has never had a higher profile.”

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