Company of Elders


The internationally renowned Company of Elders is the Learning and Engagement department's resident over-60s performance company, proving since 1989 that it's never too late to start dancing!

The 28 performers may well have retired but they have a wealth of energy. Being a member of the Company of Elders fulfils a creative need and they attract a range of choreographers. Associate Artists and companies they have worked with include: Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Hofesh Shechter Company, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Jasmin Vardimon Company. Weekly classes and rehearsals are taught by Simona Scotto and invited guest teachers.

UK performances have been as diverse as the Houses of Parliament, Duckie Cabaret in Vauxhall, Chelsea & Westminster and St. George?s Hospitals and the National Theatre. International performances include the prestigious Venice Biennale Dance Festival and most recently, touring to the Netherlands (Rotterdam and Breda) and St Polten, Austria. The Company of Elders featured on BBC1's Imagine series in July 2009, broadcast again in July 2011 on BBC Four.

The Company of Elders is not currently taking on new members. However we aim to provide opportunities to take part in open workshops throughout the year.


"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.