Company of Elders

Company of Elders

Sadler’s Wells is committed to raising the profile of the positive role that dance can play in older adults’ lives and celebrates their unique contribution to artistic practice and our shared cultural landscape.

Company of Elders is a part of the Learning and Engagement Department’s activity at Sadler’s Wells, which includes a weekly arts appreciation club – Culture Club – and bespoke dance projects for local community members in neighbourhoods surrounding Sadler’s Wells in both north and east London.

Company of Elders is a group of 20 people (non-professional dancers) who rehearse with a renowned choreographer every week at Sadler’s Wells to make new work for public performances that can happen locally, nationally or internationally. The company celebrates diversity in age, ethnicity and gender and has recently worked with choreographers with expertise in dance forms such as Congolese Rumba, Hip Hop, Tap, Bharatanatyam, Contemporary and more.

Company of Elders aspires to present inclusive work that reflects the audiences we serve. In order to do this, we welcome new dancers through a targeted process and look for individuals (60+), from any dance style, of any background and are particularly interested in hearing from people that represent the BAME community (BAME definition - Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) who live in Islington, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

The company aims to welcome new members in 2021, and will be announcing opportunities to learn more through an online series of masterclasses. More information will be published on this page soon. If you love dance, have an interest in learning something new, and can commit to attending intensive rehearsals and working collaboratively in preparation for live performances – this could be for you!

To meet some of our current company members, please watch two of our most recent videos here:

We look forward to seeing you soon.


For queries regarding the Learning & Engagement Department’s activity or how to get involved, please e-mail: You can also enjoy one of our free online workshops by visiting the Company of Elders Workshops page on Youtube.

Sign-up to our Over 60’s mailing list to receive updates on our activities, ticket offers, invitations to workshops and signposting to opportunities beyond Sadler’s Wells.

"It's always been an inner feeling in my body that I've got to dance, it's so uplifting and it actually makes you feel younger"
Sadler's Wells Company of Elders member. Aged 72.

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