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Dancing to the Music of Time: Open Class

A drop-in class for movers aged 55+

Not just about exercise and fitness, this class encourages you to be your creative self. The class aims to create a welcoming and safe atmosphere where you are able to focus on body and mind. Previous experience of dance is not necessary as within this class we value life experiences and encourage curiosity to learn and share something new.

Classes start with a warm up followed by dance exercises to develop strength, co-ordination and flexibility. The class progresses on to travelling movements and creative tasks which are used to make movement material unique to you and your body. The eclectic music ranges from classical to pop and world music and our dance artist Maria Ghomrassi draws from a vast range of influences such as modern, contemporary and African dance.

"It provides me with an opportunity to combine my efforts to maintain my mobility at seventy, challenge my memory and thought process and provides a platform in which I am able to engage with others in my age group socially within a context that is fun, creative and stimulating”
Genie, Dancing to the Music of Time participant

Charlton House
Charlton Road

Class can be booked online in advance. Click on the link on the right hand side of the page to book.


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Maria Ghoumrassi

Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a dancer, teacher and choreographer/movement director and has been working creatively for many years with ages 0 - 100 plus including those with learning difficulties. As a dancer, Maria da Luz has worked with companies including Spare Tyre (where she is an Associate Artist) Kokuma, Garth Fagan and the original cast of The Lion King as ensemble and dance-captain. Maria da Luz has choreographed for BBC Three's The Mighty Boosh and has been performing her work at venues across London. She received the Trailblazers Fellowship and was short-listed for The Place Prize in 2004. She was selected for Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme and received the Dancers Career Development Retraining Grant, 2016. Maria da Luz has led classes for Green Candle Dance Company, Trinity Laban, Age Exchange, Rambert, among others and regularly teaches for Greenwich Dance, Step into Dance and Chisenhale Dance Space.

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