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

Moveable Feast | 2016

DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL As part of Dublin Dance Festival’s MOVEABLE FEAST, the Dance Ensemble – a performance group for people aged 50+ was invited to host a special tea dance tent in Merrion Square ...more

Here’s Looking at You Kid | 2016

A partnership project between CoisCéim BROADREACH and Dance Limerick. Led by Philippa Donnellan. HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KID was a dance performance project for people aged 50+ which took place at Dance Limerick from March ...more

Feast on Dance | 2015

CoisCéim Broadreach and Dublin City Council’s Arts, Sports & Recreation and Community Development Sectors are delighted to come together for the eighth year to produce FEAST ON DANCE | THE MAIN COURSE - a dance project for people aged 50+ as part of Bealtaine Festival 2015. ...more

Love Song and Dance | 2014

A dance class and performance project in the heart of Dublin. Drop-in dance classes for people aged 50+ ran for eight weeks in five centres across Dublin. After much joyful dancing and heartfelt practice, participants came ...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