New over 55s dance company is looking for new talent

Love to dance and perform – but struggling to find a group that can help channel your creativity through movement?

A new performance-led dance company devoted to the over 55s is launching in Hammersmith & Fulham this spring and is on the hunt for enthusiastic and committed new members to put in the limelight.

The Bolder Not Older Company has been founded by non-profit dance organisation DanceWest to challenge preconceptions of what it means to be older.

Free DanceWest workshops

If you are aged over 55, come along to DanceWest’s free taster workshops, which are being held from 11am to 12.30pm next Thursday and Friday (22 and 23 March) and 30 March at the Irish Cultural Centre, in Blacks Road, Hammersmith.

Image caption: If you are aged over 55, come along to DanceWest’s free taster workshops

No dance experience is required.  To take part, email Gurdeep Grewal on, call 020 8741 6850 or visit the DanceWest website.

Following the open classes, up to 20 dancers will join the company’s weekly rehearsals which will run every Friday, from 20 April to 6 July at the Irish Cultural Centre.   

Weekly rehearsals will explore contemporary dance before a final performance on 6 July at St Paul’s Hammersmith.

DanceWest artistic director Rosie Whitney-Fish said: “Creativity doesn’t stop at 40 – we want to create a company that celebrates diversity and age. It is about developing new choreography and working with the dancers in the room to create the movement. It is going to be really exciting.”

Bringing dance to 29,000 people

DanceWest is based at the Lyric Hammersmith and brings dance to 29,000 people each year.

Image caption: Bolder Not Older Company logo

Each week the company holds free Bolder Not Older dance classes that helps 300 older people in community centres, care homes and sheltered accommodation.

The classes improve mobility, posture, balance and co-ordination and are for seating and standing participants. 

H&F awards DanceWest £5,000

The company has recently been awarded £5,000 from H&F Council’s Fast Track Small Grant Scheme to help fund this year’s Ignition Festival of dance, which includes a community dance platform at the Lyric Hammersmith on 14 May.

H&F Council’s deputy leader Cllr Sue Fennimore said: “We are proud to support organisations such as DanceWest that help to make H&F such a great place to live.  We are absolutely committed to supporting our voluntary sector and that’s why we have increased the funding for DanceWest.”

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