Dance Classes for People Aged 50+2021-03-19T16:55:58+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.


16 MARCH – 8 APRIL 2021

We’re delighted to announce the final instalment of our Age & Opportunity commission, THE DOOR led by Philippa Donnellan.  TURNING THE KEY is a creative dance and film project taking place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 16 March – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION


Our regular Wednesday classes will resume in April/May – if you’d like to receive an update on our schedule please email Caoimhe at


CLASSES ARE FREE to attend. No dance experience required – 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. Can be done seated or standing.
 | WEDNESDAYS | 2.00 – 3.30pm
– TERM 1 | 20 JANUARY – 10 February
– TERM  2 | 17 February – 10 March
– TERM 3 | TBC
HOW TO REGISTER | Email Caoimhe at to sign up for each term
– 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)


We’re here to help you log in with confidence so that you can focus on what’s important…the dancing! 
If you’re new to the platform, you can book a one to one chat with Caoimhe where you’ll go through setting up and logging into your Zoom account so that when Wednesday comes around, you’ll be familiar with the site and ready to go. 
Email Caoimhe at for registration and to book your free Zoom orientation.


THANK YOU! to dance artists Anthea McWilliams and Dee Grant for leading our first two 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.



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