Company of Elders

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Sadler’s Wells is committed to raising the profile of the positive role that dance can play in older adults’ lives and aims to celebrate the joy that dancing and performing can bring to people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s and beyond.

Company of Elders is a part of the Learning and Engagement Department’s over-60s programme at Sadler’s Wells, which includes a weekly arts appreciation club – The Lilian Baylis Arts Club – and bespoke dance projects in neighbourhoods surrounding Sadler’s Wells in both north and east London for local communities.

Company of Elders is a group of twenty people who rehearse with a renowned choreographer every week at Sadler’s Wells during term-time to make new work for public performances. The company celebrates diversity in age, ethnicity and gender and works 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 audience we serve. In order to do this, we invite people to join the company through a targeted process and are looking 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.

If you love dance, have an interest in learning something new and can commit to attending and working collaboratively during intensive rehearsals in preparation for live performances, please see the FAQ sheet, watch and apply to join one of our upcoming dance workshops.

Application form

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"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.