Dance Classes for Older People2021-09-16T14:03:14+00:00

Dance Opportunities for Older People

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.

 

DIGITAL DANCE CLASSES 2021

ANNOUNCING: NEW TERM WITH CASSIE MEADOR

22 SEPTEMBER – 13 OCTOBER 2021

Roll up the rug and grab your dancing shoes because it’s time for another series of online dance classes via Zoom! This Autumn brings the latest installation of our Guest Teacher Series and we are so excited to invite Cassie Meador, a Maryland-based dance artist, to lead us as – once again – we get up and active at home!

Cassie is a choreographer, arts leader, and Executive Artistic Director of Dance Exchange. Her performance projects activate ways for communities to collaborate and vision together across generations. Cassie bridges climate education and activism with dance-making through her Moving Field Guide program in partnership with the National Park Service and USDA Forest Service. She was an artist representative at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In May 2021, Cassie was the co-creative director of the Dance On Festival, an online festival celebrating aging with dance, creativity, and connection.

Read more about Dance Exchange’s Dance On: Creative Aging program HERE.

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WHEN | WEDNESDAYS | 2.00 – 3.30pm | 22 September – 13 October
WHERE | ONLINE USING THE ZOOM PLATFORM
HOW TO REGISTER | Email Caoimhe at caoimhe@coisceim.com to sign up for each term
TO TAKE PART YOU WILL NEED
– A Laptop, computer, tablet or phone with internet access for Zoom (click here for a video tutorial showing how to join zoom)
– A safe space to dance at home: a clear floor area of a few paces square – free of movable furniture and other hard objects
– The best floor surfaces are carpet, lino or wood (Dancing on ceramic kitchen tiles or concrete is to be avoided)

Photo by Greg Powers

 

YOU SAID…

It was lovely to stretch, move and have fun with Anthea, and I love her sense of humour!

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.

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! 

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.

Wednesday afternoons have been a point of joy during the week in these COVID times!

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.

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.

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.

THANK YOU…

We’d like to offer a huge 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.

Digital Dance Class Library

On-demand digital 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!

Click here to find out more…

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

(AT A) DISTANCE DANCING | Fairview Park

LED BY ANTHEA MCWILLIAMS

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!

International Dance Day Tea Party

April 2021

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 2021
TIME | 2.00 – 3:30pm

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.