Paul Davies, Head of Vocational Training

 4 December 2018

Paul Davies is the Head of Vocational Training at Rubicon Dance, the community dance development organisation for Cardiff and Newport. His commitment to nurturing up-and-coming talent was recognised when he won the 2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Theatre Skills Award.

I am sincerely honoured, thrilled and hugely grateful for the nomination and the award
I am sincerely honoured, thrilled and hugely grateful for the nomination and the award

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Rubicon Dance has been at the forefront of community dance in the UK for over 40 years. Their mission is to raise aspirations in communities and schools, to work with disadvantaged groups and to promote wellbeing.

Paul Davies is currently the Head of Vocational Training having joined Rubicon Dance in 2008 to lead the full time preliminary training course. His professional career spans 27 years and he has previously worked as a professional dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of NEWDance 2001-2007 in North Wales.

The success of the preliminary training course

Rubicon Dance’s Full Time Preliminary Training Course was launched in 1986 to give dancers the opportunity to explore the art form in greater depth.

The course is considered a stepping stone for students of different ages, abilities and experiences to develop their skills and technique.

Learners have the chance to see how dance transforms and engages people by participating in sessions and supporting Rubicon’s youth provision, education and school work, people with disabilities, and adult over-50’s groups in community centres in Cardiff and Newport.

Since becoming the course co-ordinator, Paul has taken it from strength to strength and it has taken on a position of significance, not just in Wales, but right across the UK.

Paul has taken it from strength to strength and it has taken on a position of significance, not just in Wales, but right across the UK.

Last year he led the qualification into becoming a two-year course. Not only does this allow for a much more well-rounded and in-depth learning environment but Rubicon were able to reduce the annual cost from £950 to £150, making it much more accessible and affordable for learners.  

A focus on wellbeing

In his day to day work Paul places a lot of importance on health and well-being, and on inspiring individuals to reach their full potential.

He has personally trained 200 young people throughout his time with Rubicon Dance and prefers to take a holistic approach to training.  

Paul encourages learners to create their own Individual Learning Plans to allow them to overcome challenges and define their creative and core skills.

Exciting projects

Paul is currently working on a number of projects to expand Rubicon Dance’s work and the opportunities that they are able to offer people of all ages.

He is hoping to create new vocational progression pathways for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities through Arts Award and is researching the importance of dance development in dancers aged 11-16 years.   

Paul encourages learners to create their own Individual Learning Plans to allow them to overcome challenges and define their creative and core skills.

Through Outlook 2018, an Arts Council Wales funded project, Paul hopes to expose live art to wider audiences. By commissioning emerging Welsh choreographers, they’ll be taking inspiring new pieces on tour to engage community groups and schools through demonstrations and workshops.

Theatre Skills Winner 2018

Paul was nominated for the Creative & Cultural Skills Theatre Skills Award 2018 for his inspirational leadership and commitment to supporting young people into employment through vocational pathways.

Paul’s thoughts on winning: “I am sincerely honoured, thrilled and hugely grateful for the nomination and the award. I would like to applaud and highlight the innovative work, dedication and passion of my fellow nominees - Fiona Martin, Custom House and Five Dollar Shake Productions.”

“I would like to also extend my gratitude and appreciation to Creative & Cultural Skills for the recognition and their continued endeavour to encourage, support and celebrate the development and nurturing of creative skills for young people.”


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