Martynell Dancers

The Bill Thomas YMCA Martynell Dancers


Originally from Swansea, Bill Thomas formed the Martynell Dancers along with his sister-in-law Marion Garrod in the early 1980s. It’s a family orientated group with Bill’s brother-in-law Al running the stage management, along with Darren Shepherd and new young blood Kyle Phillips.

Becky Strange, Associate Choreographer affectionately known as “Ants in her Pants”, has been dancing with Bill since the age of four, ably assisted by Jenny Palfrey, Assistant Choreographer. While Bill directs and sorts out the routines Becky brings them to life with her choreography skills, all three working together as a team to produce stunning showpieces.

Throughout the years the Dancers have performed in and around Cardiff raising funds for worthy causes, including the Lord Mayor’s Matinee and annual YMCA Show. The Dancers have also had the privilege of performing at the London Palladium and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

The Dancers moved into the YMCA eleven years ago and are now a YMCA Membership Group. Tap, modern and jazz are taught in the classes, details of which are shown below. We are a friendly group and teach from 3 years upwards. We also have an adult group – Bill’s Belles and Beaus so you are never too old to come along and join in the fun and classes.

Days and times of classes:

Tuesday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Adult
Friday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Advanced Class
Saturday: 9:30am – 10:30am 3 years – 8 years
10:30am – 11:30am 8 years – 13 years
11:30am – 1:00pm 14 years upwards

Bill: 029 2073 3198 / 0794 680 8814
Becky: 0779 287 9195
Marion: 029 2061 9891