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West London’s Dance Company for adults 55+

The Bolder not Older Dance Company was launched by DanceWest in March 2018, to provide adults aged 55+ an opportunity to perform, create choreography and take part in a weekly class. Under the direction of Sonia Illescas, the company celebrates the artistic integrity of older dancers, and challenges preconceptions of what it means to be older.

How do I join?

We host regular open classes, where people interested in signing up can try the class. The next open class will be held at Lyric Hammersmith, from 10.30am to 12pm on Friday 7 December 2018.

Please email Maria Yacoob at or call 0208 741 6850 if you’d like to join the class, or have any questions about the company.

Do I need experience?

Adults do not need any previous dance experience, but passion and commitment are required!

When do the company meet?

We rehearse on Friday mornings in Hammersmith.

Rehearsals for the rest of this term:

Friday 2 November 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm

Friday 9 November 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm

Friday 16 November 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm

Friday 23 November 2018 , 10.30am-12.30pm

Friday 30 November 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm

Friday 7 December 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm

How much does it cost?

We ask for a donation of £40 per term. This includes a company t-shirt, and refreshments each week.

Previous events

Performance - Friday 6th July 2018

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The Bolder not Older Dance Company were commissioned to create a new work to celebrate 400 years of Hammersmith United Charities. An audience of 250 attended the event at St Pauls Church and the performance included choreography from a weekend intensive spent with Robert Cohan MBE. 





Intensive weekender with Robert Cohan - Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018

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Robert Cohan will work with the Bolder not Older company over an intensive weekender contributing towards a piece that the group are working towards – for Friday 6th July opening Hammersmith United Charities 400th celebrations. Robert Cohan’s influence on the development of modern dance in Britain has been considerable. Having pioneered the teaching of contemporary dance technique in Britain, he was instrumental in the development of a vast following, not only for the repertory of LCDT in the ‘70s and ‘80s but through his pioneering residencies throughout the country, which laid the groundwork for the many other British companies that have grown up in the last 20 tears. Robert will be supported by founder of the Cohan Collective and Artistic Director Yorke Dance Project - Yolande Yorke–Edgell. 

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