Dancing to the Music of Time is our weekly creative dance session for over 55's which extends into an optional rehearsal where the group collaborate on the making of movement material for performance.
Established in 2011, the group meet at Charlton House once a week under the nurturing care of Artistic Director, Maria Ghoumrassi. Over the years deep friendships have been built and the group enjoy challenging preconceptions about who can dance! Recently the group have performed across Greenwich and London, at Sadler's Wells Elixir Festival, Moving Woolwich and the Eltham CultureFest at Eltham Palace and were filmed by BBC's The One Show.
“We all enjoy the physical workouts and socialising that these classes create & I think that most, if not all, of us, look forward to giving pleasure to an audience showing what senior citizens can do!” Dancing to the Music of Time participant
In the delivery of this work Greenwich Dance and Artistic Director Maria co-design performance opportunities and training in collaboration with the group. Participants are involved in helping to select artists to offer guest workshops, develop a range of performance opportunities in line with their availability and ambitions as dancers and build repertoire in a truly democratic and holistic way.
“When I first joined (the Over 55’s Creative Class) I had recently retired and felt a lot of loss of my busy responsibility-filled working life. The class filled a gap for me. I always came out of it smiling, feeling joyous and mobile.” Attendee of the weekly over 55’s sessions
“I find that dance is my main aerobic form of exercise. My knees won’t allow jogging and I don’t cycle far as I’m fearful on the roads. Also I enjoy expressing myself through dance. Being creative is one of the best things for the brain and dance offers that. I forget my concerns once I dance. I concentrate hard. Dance is a mindful activity for me and I can think of nothing else when I dance.” Attendee of the weekly over 55’s sessions
To find out more about the class and how to book, click on the links below.