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Bolder not Older is a free dance programme for older adults aged 65+ in sheltered accommodation, care homes and health and wellbeing centres. Bolder not Older responds to the need to tackle loneliness, social and economic isolation and improve health and wellbeing of older people 65+ in West London. Our classes improve mobility, posture, balance and coordination and are for seated and standing participants. 

Bolder not Older was launched in 2015 in response to a survey we produced in partnership with arts, health and wellbeing teams in Hammersmith & Fulham. Bolder not Older is an inclusive programme that offers classes for active and  vulnerable adults with long term health conditions, disabilities and limited mobility. Our youngest participant is 65 and our oldest dancer is 98 years old. 

Makes us feel more alive! - Frank

We always have a laugh, you need it when you are on your own. -Joyce

The dancing, music and people are wonderful. - Jenny

It is very helpful for my knees and helped improve my arm movements a lot. - Sybil

I really enjoy the classes, it’s something I look forward to. -Erma

I have lost over a stone since Christmas and I kept it off. I also seem to be walking taller/more straight. - Sandra

I am talking to people I wasn't talking to before. - Jill

The staff are good, we have a laugh. I’ve met a lot of people here who I get on with - my dancing buddy. If I didn’t like it, you wouldn’t see me here. - Mary

Bolder not Older Classes

We deliver three classes a week in Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, for both seated and standing participants. Below is our public programme. No booking is required but further information is available at projects@dancewest.co.uk

Autumn Term

Wednesdays - St Charles Health Centre Kensington & Chelsea

When: Wednesday 14.00-15.00 

Where: St Charles Center, Exmoor Street, W10 6DZ

6. Wednesday 7 November 

7. Wednesday14 Novemeber

8. Wednesday 21 November 

9. Wednesday 28 November 

10. Wednesday 5 December

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Thursdays - Peabody Estate Hammersmith

When: Thursday  11.00-12.00 

Where: Tenants Hall, Peabody Estate, Fulham Palace Road, W6 9PG

6. Thursday 8 November 

7. Thursday 15 Novemeber

8. Thursday 22 November 

9. Thursday 29 November 

10. Thursday 6 December

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Spring term

Wednesdays 11am-12pm - seated class

Venue: Age UK Hammersmith, 105 Greyhound Road, London W6 8NJ

  1. 23 January

  2. 30 January

  3. 6 February

  4. 13 February

  5. 27 February

  6. 6 March

  7. 13 March

  8. 20 March

  9. 27 March

  10. 3 April

Wednesdays 2-3pm - standing class

Venue: St. Charles Health Centre, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ

  1. 23 January

  2. 30 January

  3. 6 February

  4. 13 February

  5. 27 February

  6. 6 March

  7. 13 March

  8. 20 March

  9. 27 March

  10. 3 April

Thursdays 11am-12pm - seated class

Venue: Peabody Estate Tenants Hall, Fulham Palace Road, London W6 9QA

  1. 24 January

  2. 31 January

  3. 7 February

  4. 14 February

  5. 28 February

  6. 7 March

  7. 14 March

  8. 21 March

  9. 28 March

  10. 4 April

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