EncoreEast is a friendly and supportive company providing the opportunity to explore movement in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

EncoreEast are DanceEast’s resident over-50’s performance company, proving that it’s never too late to start dancing!

Led by Mary Davies, you will work towards performances, making material through the creative exploration of various choreographic approaches.

In March 2018 the company participated in the Ipswich Remembers Project at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich which brought together inter-generational community groups for a performance commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Throughout autumn 2019 the company were led by guest Dance Artist Christopher Owen. Over ten weekly sessions, the company worked with Christopher exploring movement and created Body Talk – watch below!

Body Talk is a documentation of the time I spent working with DanceEast’s resident over-50’s performance company, EncoreEast, curated and produced in collaboration with filmmaker Eleanor Mortimer.

This work emerged from a collective urge and desire to be together, with a responsibility to represent coexistence in the world today. As touch is gradually being edged out of our lives, rather than moving away from touch we inherently moved safely towards it – being in close contact was our way of connecting, comforting and learning from one another. We worked with consensual touch as a place of tranquillity and safety – harnessing its healing powers and the positive impact togetherness can have on our lives.

So today, together, we find ourselves forced deeper into the digital realm, with no idea of the long term affects this may have on our physical realities and the meaningful connections we often take for granted. It’s therefore important this short dance film celebrates the spirit of the human body, highlighting the importance of curiosity and play, and how these qualities can enrich our experiences and relationships with other human beings.

I hope it leaves people feeling hopeful.” – Christopher Owen – Choreography and Concept


For an informal conversation about joining a Performance Company please contact Chrissie Moore on 01473 235580.

Meet the Tutor

I have worked in physical theatre, been leading performance companies and teaching contemporary technique for most of my adult life. For Aesop and its Dance to Health programme, I lead fall-prevention classes. I choreograph independently and for DanceEast, and have been leading artists for their district projects in recent years. In 2013 I followed my interest in physiology and anatomy by qualifying as a sports massage therapist.

Days and Times

Wednesday | 6.30 – 8.30pm


£62 per term

Ability Level

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