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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. The company celebrates the artistic integrity of older dancers, and challenges preconceptions of what it means to be older.

How do I join? Email Maria Yacoob at or call 0208 741 6850 if you’d like to take part in a trial session 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!

Monday Company Class


Macbeth Centre, Macbeth Street, Hammersmith, W6 9JJ


Spring term 2019

21 January, 28 January

4 February, 11 February, 25 February

4 March, 11 March, 18 March, 25 March

1 April

Summer term 2019

29 April

13, 20 May

3, 10, 17, 24 June

1 July

Nearest Tube station: Hammersmith (District, Circle, Hammermsith & City) short walk of 6 minutes.

Cost: £50 per term bursaries available.

Friday Company Class


The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, Ladbroke Grove, W11 2AY

Spring term 2019

25 January

1 February, 8 February, 15 February

1 March, 8 March, 15 March, 22 March, 29 March

5 April

Summer term 2019

26 April

3, 10, 17, 24 May

7, 14, 21, 28 June

5 July

Nearest Tube stations: Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City) short walk 8 minutes, or 328, 70, 23 buses (three stops). Westbourne Park (Hammersmith & City) - short walk 6 minutes. Notting Hill Gate (Circle, Central and District) - short walk of 10 minutes or 27, 28, 52, 328, 452 bus.

Cost: £50 per term bursaries available.

Rehearsal Director - Danielle Teale


Danielle is a highly experienced independent dance artist with a responsive, empathic and imaginative approach. She is a skilled, creative leader and founds her practice on the principle of equality and visibility, with the core belief that all people are valuable and all people are creative. She is highly sought after in community dance and artists development and has extensive experience in specialist dance and health settings including integrated dance, work with older people, people with dementia and Parkinson’s. Teale has choreographed, facilitated and contributed to the design and delivery of many high-profile programmes with international organisations including English National Ballet, Green Candle Dance Company, Scottish Ballet and People Dancing. She has been a leading initiator and artist in the field of dance and Parkinson’s as well as facilitating international artists development alongside Mark Morris Dance Group; Dance for PD ® founding artist David Leventhall.

Elixir Festival 2019

The Bolder not Older Company are building towards a performance at Elixir Festival at Sadlers Wells this June. Celebrate lifelong creativity with the platform dedicated to older artists. The festival features a performance from Company of Elders.

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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