Dance Classes for People Aged 50+2021-07-26T17:21:57+00:00

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.


As well as dancing do you like to sing? Or write poetry? Everyone has a song to sing and we want to hear yours! 

For SONGBIRDS we want to create original songs and weave them into an outdoor moving choreography. Songwriting often gives the author a place to say how they are feeling and share who they are with the world. We want to know who you are, and discover who we are together!
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JUNE 2021 

Since 2020, Anthea has led (AT A) DISTANCE DANCING workshops in Lisburn Park. We were delighted to welcome her to Dublin, in-person, to guide participants in some big moves & some small moves in the beautiful surroundings of Fairview Park.

WHEN 16, 23, 30 June, 7 July
TIME  2.00-3.00pm
WHERE  Fairview Park, Dublin 3.  Meet from 1.45pm at the concrete base of the bandstand – beside the skate-park. CLICK HERE for map. 

After a physically distanced group introduction & warm-up,  Anthea leads off with some short choreographed sequences that travel along the pathways through the trees accompanied by some lively recorded music. There is time to enjoy some improvisation, strength building, balance, coordination, timing, rhythm, speed, dynamics, breathing all the way of course and fun! The workshops end in a spacious circle for some stretches, reaches, roll downs, breaths and reflections. 

Visit DISTANCE DANCING’s Facebook page HERE for short video promos and pictures of AGE ON STAGE in Lisburn’s Wallace Park!



It was lovely to stretch, move and have fun with Anthea, and I love her sense of humour!
It is wonderful to have something to keep us mentally and physically engaged in difficult circumstances.  Dee was a pleasure to meet and gently, but energetically, put us through our paces! 
Wednesday afternoons have been a point of joy during the week in these COVID times!
The Zoom experience was invaluable, it enabled me to “flail” to my hearts content!


We loved his instinctive approach, starting each class with a few powerful images, linking always to nature, the body and the breath. It felt like he was in the room with us.


new classes coming soon…

Details will be announced mid-June. Email Caoimhe at to sign up to receive updates.

THANK YOU! to dance artists Anthea McWilliams, Dee Grant and Cai Tomos for leading our first three terms of classes in 2021.

Anthea has been working in community dance in Northern Ireland for over 30 years and particularly enjoys working/ dancing with older people. Find out more about her work with Age on Stage HERE.

Dee is the current Dance Artist in Residence at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. Her residency dance documentary film ‘The Resilience of Memory’ , features older dancers from her weekly group Best Foot Forward Dance Club, Waterford – watch it HERE.

Cai is an Independent Dance artist and Art Psychotherapist. His practice spans from dancing and making, to facilitating arts and health work with people of all ages both in hospitals and in theatre settings. He runs an Elders Performance Company, CAIN, in North Wales and offers workshops in the UK and abroad. Read more about his practice HERE.



SERIES 3 of our free weekly dance classes for people aged 50+ ran from 23 September to 28 October. Published on this page every Wednesday afternoon, these classes led by Philippa Donnellan are a great way to have some fun and dance with us from the comfort of your home anytime.

Start with easy warm-up exercises and learn different dances – let’s keep moving together! At the click of the mouse you can watch on your computer, phone or tablet, then just join in and dance. AND – if you can’t get the moves the first time – just re-wind and watch again!

Any requests?  If you’ve got a comment you’d like to share, or would like to be added to our mailing list for updates – get in touch with Caoimhe at

We are delighted to deliver these classes for free. If you would like to make a donation to help us continue please click HERE. Thank you!







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International Dance Day Tea Party

To celebrate International Dance Day, we were delighted to be joined by so many familiar and fresh faces in a wonderfully madcap TEA DANCE PARTY live on Zoom. Led by Philippa, we were joined by special guest – flautist Lina Andonovska playing live!  Not only is Lina a fine flute player of world renown, but she’s also an accomplished Flamenco dancer. From the comfort of your homes we found our dancing shoes, put the kettle and danced!

DAY | Wednesday 29 April
TIME | 2.00 – 3:30pm

Drop-in Dance Classes – Dublin

PLEASE NOTE that in light of government advice, our classes and other participation projects have been cancelled until further notice.

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 | 4 September  – 23 October 2019
Term 2 | 30 October – 11 December 2019
Term 3  | 15 January – 4 March  2020
Term 4 | 11 March  – 29 April 2020
Term 5 | 27 May  – 15 July 2020

 | 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.

Projects and Performances

” …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