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Ruth Till, Director of Rubicon Dance, gets MBE     

Ruth Till, Director of Rubicon Dance, has received an MBE in recognition of her services to Community Dance in the New Year Honours list.  A leading authority in dance and community arts Ruth is one of the best-known figures in the field in Wales.  


An ambassador for dance in Wales, Ruth has worked extensively to promote and increase access to dance for people of all ages and abilities throughout the community. In 1993 she became director of Rubicon Dance, the community dance development organisation for Cardiff and Newport.  Rubicon provides a consistent high quality dance provision in a range of community settings creating opportunities for young people to achieve in and through dance. The dance centre involves all sections of the community, with its dance service including boys’ dance, youth dance, adult dance, disabled groups, young mothers, asylum seekers and children from a local refuge. 


Ruth’s work also extends internationally with visits to promote community dance the Rubicon Wales way in countries as far a field as America, Australia and Sweden and youth dance exchanges with groups in Berlin, Craiova and Romania.  Since 1997 Ruth has been involved with a long term project in Cariova Romania with a fellow dance leader from Rubicon working with deaf and disabled children in residential schools and orphanages in Craiova, Romania.  


Peter Tyndall, Chief Executive, said:  “I am delighted with the recognition Ruth has received for her tireless work and personal investment in promoting and developing community dance.  Her work has opened new opportunities for all sections of the community to develop and benefit through dance.  All at ACW would like to offer out warmest congratulations to Ruth on her many achievements to date which I am confident will continue far into the future.”


Ruth initially trained and performed as a dancer before becoming dance lecturer on a theatre and community arts programme at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, South Yorkshire, leading a full-time dance course as well as a community dance programme.

Then Director of Yorkshire Dance Centre Leeds, which in addition to programming involved an ongoing conversion of the centre from a disused four storey wharehouse to a dance centre, to house a dance company (Phoenix) and a community dance programme.

Moved to Wales in 1993 to take up post of Director of Rubicon Dance. Rubicon is the community dance development organisation for Cardiff and Newport. Priorities at Rubicon are, to address access to dance with consistent high quality provision, creating opportunities for young people to achieve in and through dance and providing relevant training for those who want to become community dance practitioners.

International work while in Wales includes: two visits to Australia as guest of Ausdance; one to Sweden as guest of Danstationen, Malmo; two to Utah as guest of Utah Arts Council, all to promote community dance the Rubicon, Wales way; youth dance exchanges with groups in Berlin, Craiova, Romania; Children’s Dance Theatre Salt Lake City and with young Native Americans from Monument Valley both in Utah; a youth performance project in Copenhagan as part of Artisan a European funded programme led by WJEC.

She has been involved since 1997 on a long-term project in Craiova Romania with a fellow dance leader from Rubicon working with deaf and disabled children in residential schools and orphanages in Craiova, Romania.
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elisa lewis
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Friday, January 07, 2005back

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