Dance Classes for Older People2022-01-25T10:41:39+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.

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Photo by Anthony Griffin 

 

DANCE CLASSES 2022

JANUARY TERM OF DANCE CLASSES WITH PHILIPPA DONNELLAN

12 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY

 

UPDATE: THESE CLASSES WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN PERSON with the option to tune in remotely on Zoom.
Please contact caoimhe@coisceim.com for more information

Swing into the New Year and dance! Designed to refresh the soul and rejuvenate the body, this short series of classes led by Philippa Donnellan offers a moment to gently stretch, and move with ease.

Drawing inspiration from the popular form of ‘Swing Dance’, we’ll tap, shimmy and swing to some of the best music out there. If nothing else, it might put a spring in your step and make your heart sing.  See you soon folks!

WHEN | WEDNESDAYS | 12, 19, 26 January & 2 February
TIME | 2.30pm – 4pm
WHERE | Online (Zoom) & in person at The Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 (view on map here)
BOOKING | FULLY BOOKED for in person classes but email caoimhe@coisceim.com to register to join us online! 

 

FEBRUARY TERM OF DANCE CLASSESWITH SIOBHÁN O’CONNOR

9 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH

Join guest teacher Siobhán O’Connor as she leads the second instalment of our Guest Series in 2022 and sees us dancing our way into Spring!

Siobhán is a movement artist from Tralee Co. Kerry, now based in Dublin. She has a wealth of teaching experience and thanks to her background in Psychology and Sociology she is extremely passionate about using her movement and interest in social issues and mental health in a collaborative way. 

Dance, twist, shake – blow the Winter cobwebs off and join us in trying something new this February!

WHEN | WEDNESDAYS | 9, 16, 23 February & 2 March
TIME | 2.30pm – 4pm
WHERE | Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 (view on map here)
BOOKING | Opening soon…

 

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…

THANK YOU…

We’d like to offer a huge thank you to dance artists Anthea McWilliams, Dee Grant, Cai Tomos and Cassie Meador for leading our digital 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.

Cassie is Maryland-based choreographer, arts leader, and Executive Artistic Director of Dance Exchange. Her performance projects activate ways for communities to collaborate and vision together across generations. 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.

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.

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.