Dance Opportunities for People Aged 50+

From weekly dance classes in Dublin city centre, to larger scale participation and performance projects, BROADREACH offers a variety of opportunities for people aged 50+ to engage with dance.   With a focus on providing a quality creative experience for all participants, there are initiatives for people of various levels, all of which are designed to bring people together in a friendly social way.

Drop-in Dance Classes – Dublin

An enjoyable and relaxing way to stay in shape, each class combines easy stretch exercises and dance sequences which help to maintain flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Bring a partner or come alone and have fun dancing to music of all styles. No experience necessary – everyone welcome. Each class lasts for up to 1 ½ hours including break.

No booking – no registration – just drop-in and dance!

The Wednesday dance classes for people aged 50+ began at St Teresa’s Church in 2007. Initially set up to run for three 8 week terms annually, the classes, due to their popularity now run all year round. Our new location at The Carmelite Community Centre – 56 Aungier Street offers a calm and light-filled space in which to dance. Strange though it may seem the sun always shines on a Wednesday afternoon between 2 to 3.30pm (yes it’s true we’ve counted the times!), but then perhaps that’s because we all have a sunnier outlook after dancing!


Wednesdays  |  2.00 -3.30pm  |   Led by Philippa Donnellan

Term 1 | 30 August  – 18 October 2017
Term 2 | 25 October – 13 December 2017**
Term 3  | 17 January – 7 March  2018
Term 4 | 14 March  – 2 May 2018
Term 5 | 23 May  – 11 July 2018

** Due to circumstances beyond our control, our final class on Wednesday 13 December 2017 at the Carmelite Centre, Aungier St has been cancelled. However, we would like to invite you to a FREE informal Xmas dance class on the same day Wednesday 13 December from 2 – 3pm at CoisCéim Studio, 14 Sackville Place (just off O’Connell St), Dublin 1. AND to all our friends who attend the class we are having a Xmas drink from 3.30 – 5.30pm at bar/restaurant AGAINST THE GRAIN, 11 Wexford St, Dublin 2. Please feel free to join us to celebrate a year of dancing – and to wish everyone a HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

LOCATION | The Carmelite Community Centre – 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Class takes place in the gym on the first floor.  Lift access available. The Tea Dock in the Community Centre is also open on Wednesdays and serves a variety of drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
PRICE PER CLASS | €5 per class – pay at the door
WHAT TO WEAR | Loose comfortable clothing and lightweight rubber soled shoes
PARKING | Pay per hour parking is available at Whitefriar Street Car Park or Drury Street Car Park.

For further information please contact Philippa Donnellan, Director of CoisCéim Broadreach. Tel: 01 878 0558 Email:

The Dance Ensemble

The Dance Ensemble is a performance group for people aged 50+. Established in 2013 it is an informal, non-membership group, open to people of all abilities and experiences – and for anyone who wishes to try something new and different. Together, The Dance Ensemble takes part in a wide range of creative projects – working with professional choreographers and performing in varied arts and cultural events in Dublin and beyond.

Recent Project

EMILY | 28 August – 22 September 2017

Projects and Performances

A Life of Play | 2018

by Emma O’Kane Commissioned by Bealtaine Festival Presented in association with Dublin Dance Festival A CoisCéim BROADREACH Project   Grandchildren bring your grandparents! A LIFE OF PLAY is a creative dance and play project ...more

Emily | 2017

Creative Performance Project Open to people aged 50+   This is my letter to the world, That never wrote to me,--  The simple news that Nature told,  With tender majesty.  Her message is committed  ...more

Off The Walls | 2017

by Philippa Donnellan Dublin City Arts Office presented, Off the Walls, a dance celebration in the LAB Gallery spilling out onto Foley Street. The Gallery hosted Theresa Nanigian's new exhibition, Trying to Behave, which ...more

Spring into Summer Social Event | 2016

A #BELONGING 16 COMMUNITY PARTY An informal and joyous occasion, SPRING INTO SUMMER invited people aged 50+ to dance together, listen to some inspiring music, practise a few novel routines – and meet friends ...more

” …being part of this project has changed me in so many ways. I am much more confident and each year continue to learn more about myself.” – Love Song and Dance Participant

“I found I forgot all my worries and troubles and came away each time feeling happier.” – Feast on Dance Participant

“I cannot really express how much I enjoyed the classes, from the gentle exercises to the choreography I found it all so enjoyable and satisfying.” – Class Participant