Rubicon works with ordinary people from ordinary walks of life. That means families, children, young people, the elderly, the disabled, patients in hospitals, stroke survivors and people living with dementia. Whoever you are, whatever your circumstances and wherever you’re from.
We do what we do because we think access to culture, and by extension access to dance, is a human right. Dancing with each other is the glue that helps bind us all together and it’s the way we share our collective identity. And we think nobody should be excluded from that.
Established in 1975, Rubicon is a dance charity, based in the heart of Adamsdown, one of the most deprived parts of Cardiff. Each week Rubicon works with about 2000 people and runs 150 different community dance activities. To do this Rubicon has a skilled team of community dance leaders, like Sophie and Anwen, who specialise in building trust with all sections of the community.
On a Monday Sophie starts her day at the Noah’s Ark, The National Children’s Hospital for Wales, delivering 2 hours of dance for very sick and vulnerable children. After that she goes to Moorland Primary School where she works with 2 classes and an after school club before coming back to Rubicon to teach a contemporary dance class for young people followed by an hour and a half session with one of Rubicon’s Young Dancer Programme performance groups. Anwen’s Mondays are equally busy and start with a community session for stroke survivors, dancing with the residents of two different residential homes for people with dementia, then dancing with patients at Llandough Hospital before finishing the day off with an after school club for 4 to 6 year olds.
At Rubicon, we commit to the communities we work with for the long term and many of our weekly sessions have run for decades. We work in hospitals, community halls, schools, care homes and day centres as well as at our home in Adamsdown. We are in the heart of the community where we have 2 dance studios which are always busy from morning to late evening, 6 days a week.
The demand for what we do, especially for young people, the elderly and disabled, continues to grow but we have run out of room. We need more space and we want to contribute to community resilience by improving the local area. We also want to make a bigger impact on the health and wellbeing of community residents and provide a real alternative to young people for whom school is not working out. We want to do all this but remain rooted in the community that has supported us for more than 40 years by renovating the derelict former Roath Library site which will enable us to do this and much more.
We want to breathe new life into this much loved but now abandoned building and create space for 3 more community dance studios. With this additional space we will be able to really expand the classes we run especially for adults with disabilities, provide new classes during the day for older people and develop an exciting programme of alternative education provision for young people at risk of dropping out of school.
With the full support of our community Cardiff Council have agreed to gift Roath Library to Rubicon and so we can open the doors we are now raising the funds to get the project off the ground. To start phase 1 of the project which will include repairing the floor and putting in a new heating system we need to raise additional funds. We are in touching distance of our target and we very much hope that with your help that we will be able to start the ball rolling in the Spring.