Presented by DanceEast and EncoreEast 

Tuesday 26 February 11.00am – 6.30pm (Performance for friends and family at 5.30pm)

A day of workshops performances and debates for older dancers, along with artists, practitioners and choreographers working with dancers over 50.

The day will celebrate and explore issues such as the nature of artistry, its relationship to the older performer, and how it can be taught and learned. It will challenge assumptions about what older dancers can bring to dance, how they want to be represented in performance, how they can dance and what they can dance about.

Hosted by DanceEast and its performance company EncoreEast, the day will focus on the voice and experiences of the older dancer. It will feature guest speaker, Betsy Gregory, a wide range of workshops, and invited performance companies (listed below) who will share their work at the end of the day.

Performance Companies:


Damn Fine Dance Company

Counterpoint Dance Company

Mosaic Performance Group

DWJones Dance Company

Mary Davies Duet


Workshop Leaders:

DanceEast Associate Artist, Joseph Toonga

Introduction to Hip Hop: This workshop will give you an introduction in Joseph’s practice and style of working, including hip hop styles such as popping, and how this links with contemporary movements. You will have the opportunity to learn a short movement phrase as well as explore free styling.


The Hiccup Project Cristina MacKerron & Chess Dillon-Reams

This workshop will be an introduction into the way of working with movement, the voice and bringing in comedic elements. The workshop will include improvisations tasks exploring physicalties and qualities with sound using the face and voice.


DanceEast Core Tutor Mary Davies

Contemporary/Creative Workshop: Finding transitions and flow, with beginnings and endings while enriching movement with imagery and life experience. This workshop includes an improvisation warm-up task, set movement and pair work.


Kate Hartley

A classical ballet class: A fun and inspiring ballet class, exploring the artistry and musicality of classical ballet technique delivered by Kate Hartley.




Chair: Margaret Williamson – EncoreEast dancer

Laura McGill – Mosaic Group Leader and practitioner working in the Eastern Region

Jackie Richards – Damn Fine Dance Company representative


Schedule of the day* (Please note this may be subject to change)

10.45 – 11am – Arrive and sign in

11.00 – 11.45 – Workshops

12.00 – 12.45 – Lunch

12.45 – 1.45 – Welcome talk and provocation from guest speaker Betsy Gregory (including small discussions)

2.00 – 2.45 – Workshops

Workshops 3.00 – 3.45 – Workshops

Workshops 4.00 – 4.45 – Panel Discussion

5.00 – 5.30 – Tea and Coffee served

5.30 – 6.30 – Performance


*Participants will take part in all three workshops


Playlist of Films playing throughout the day 

Counterpoint Dance Company

1.  Women on the Edge

2.  Portraits by the Thames

3.  Journeys of Internal Migrations

DWJones Dance

1.  Dance Clips including ‘Not Just Black and White’ and ‘A Chair Improvisation’

Sonia York-Pryce

1.  Inappropriate Behaviour

2.  Utterly (In)appropriate

3.  Does the Dancing Have to Stop?

Damn Fine Dance Company

1.  It’s Only Ever Now

Barbara Mirata

1. ‘Been There’ Adian Coker official music video

If you have any questions about the day, please contact Chrissie Moore

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