Gwanwyn Festival Funding for May 2017

We are thrilled to receive funding for the Gwanwyn 2017 Festival.

The funding will help support the creation of a new work, ‘This Fleeting Instant’ choreographed by Caroline Lamb and assisted by Janet Fieldsend with material contributed from the dancers.

The Gwanwyn Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru, the Welsh Government and the National Lottery.


What is the Gwanwyn Festival?

Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. The festival began in 2006 and is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government.

See for more information.

Who can be involved in the performance?

The classes are primarily geared to creating work for performance and are designed to appeal to the older dancer (50+). Class members have a broad range of abilities, from those working professionally in the field of community dance, to those who have never danced before.

When are the creative classes and where are they held?

Spring 2017

Wednesday 15th March
Wednesday 22nd March
Wednesday 29th March
Wednesday 5th April
Wednesday 12th April

6.45 – 8.45pm

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in the ‘First Space’


Summer 2017 

Thursday 18th May
Thursday 25th May
Thursday 1st June
Thursday 8th June
Thursday 15th June
Friday 16th June
Saturday 17th June (AM – time tbc)
Thursday 22nd June
Friday 23rd June

6.45 – 8.45pm

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in the ‘Common Room’


How do I book the classes?

To book the classes please contact our Rehearsal Director Janet Fieldsend: or phone on 07745 466662

New: Striking Attitudes Spring Classes and Opportunity to Perform

Our new classes will be held every Wednesday at Chapter Arts Centre from 18th February – 25th March and again from 15th April – 6th May. 6.45pm – 8.45pm. It will cost £100 for the entire term

The 10 creative community dance and movement classes will take place from February to April, culminating in a performance (optional). The classes will be led by dance professionals Caroline Lamb (Artistic Director/ Choreographer of Striking Attitudes) and Janet Fieldsend (Rehearsal Director Striking Attitudes).

The emphasis of all Striking Attitudes dance classes is always on the creative aspect of movement. “We believe in working with movement that highlights the specific qualities of the older dancer, using movement that comes naturally from the older body,” says Caroline Lamb.

Striking Attitudes community dance classes are very accessible to all dancers including those who have never danced before.

Striking Attitudes is a professional dance company working specifically with older dancers, both professional and community based. We celebrate the particular skills of the older dancer, and work to raise awareness of opportunities for older dancers and to challenge public perception of ageing.

We believe the older performer can bring something very particular to a creative work; an inner strength that comes from a wealth of life experience and equally, a fragility and vulnerability that is both honest and life affirming. The older dancer provides a positive role model and is a fine example of what is possible as we age.

For more information or to book a space on the dance classes contact Anne Keeling at 02920 712265 or email 

New Dance Classes and Performance Opportunity: Spring 2013

We are thrilled to be working on an exciting new performance project for Spring 2013.  Entitled Once Upon A Time In The Dark, Dark, Wood, Striking Attitudes’ Artistic Director, Caroline Lamb will be leading three young choreographers to create three distinct yet connected dance pieces with additional sections choreographed by Caroline drawing them together. The result will be a complete and emotive new work based on the idea of ‘time’ and rooted in the tradition of fairy stories – where all is not as it seems.

This will be a unique opportunity for some of the professional dancers from the Striking Attitudes group to work alongside the fresh ideas of some of Wales’ newest, exciting young choreographers; blending the more mature body with youthful, cutting-edge choreography. The project will involve a tour including three performances in Cardiff, Swansea and Ceredigion. Local community dance groups will make a small but significant appearance. And this is where you can be involved!

Striking Attitudes community dance classes will begin on February 13th to work towards the Cardiff performances and we would love you to be a part of this. Classes will take place from 6.45pm-8.45pm every Wednesday  in the Venue Common Room at Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff from Wednesday February 13th until April 17th.  The cost for the entire 10 week term is £80 (just £8 per 2 hour class).

If you would like to be involved or for more information on the classes, please contact Anne Keeling at 02920 712265 or Janet Fieldsend at 02920 482413.

Once Upon a Time in the Dark, Dark, Wood – NEW PROJECT



“Deep down in the dark, dark wood and further beyond, in the sinister, brooding forest, secrets and stories lie, waiting to be revealed.

In a dreamlike realm beyond reality, strangers travel through an eerie forest landscape, with only the fear of the unknown to keep them company, as they hunt for what was, what is and what might be.

With few paths to guide them through the tangled undergrowth of long forgotten things, as they search an unexpected magic unfolds, that takes them into strange new worlds.

But tread carefully, beware, take care – as the shadows shift and creak, who is watching and who is waiting?”  –  Caroline Lamb, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Striking Attitudes

Once Upon A Time In The Dark, Dark, Wood will be a unique evening of dance and theatre from Striking Attitudes that brings two generations of dancers together and asks what it means to be a dancer?

Three young choreographers; Jessie Brett, Catherine Young and Jo Young with choreographer and Artistic Director of Striking Attitudes, Caroline Lamb, assisted by Janet Fieldsend, create a work set within the dark forests of fairy tales and legends where anything can happen and all is not as it seems. Using professional dancers who act and actors who dance, and joined by a group of local older dancers from the community, this is a work that sets out to celebrate the particular skills of the more mature dancer. With a rich mix of dance, text and music commissioned from the young composers of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, supervised by John Hardy and with lighting from Dave Roxborough, this is a new and exciting venture in the landscape of dance from Wales.

Once Upon A Time In The Dark, Dark, Wood is a brave encounter between seasoned older dancers – skilled and experienced in their craft, but with their physicality threatened and changed by time – and the vigorous enthusiasm and fresh approaches of the younger choreographers. How will the young choreographers harness the depth of physical knowledge and unearth the hidden abilities of the older dancers and how will the older dancers deal with the physical demands of the young choreographers? Daring, risky and creative challenges lie ahead for all.

Once Upon A Time In The Dark, Dark, Wood will tour in Cardiff, Swansea and Ceredigion April and May 2013.

Striking Attitudes is thrilled to have been awarded an Arts Council of Wales grant for this new project.

Creative Movement Community Classes

From April/May 2012

A series of ten creative movement community classes were run at Chapter Arts Centre this Spring. We started to work on some material for a piece that will be developed into a performance in Autumn 2012. We plan to start classes again at Chapter Arts Centre on September 20th 2012. Contact Anne Keeling on 02920 712265 or Janet Fieldsend on 02920 482413 for further information.