COMPANY

Exciting news, ROAR is setting up a new dance company for the over 50’s, called Company.

(There are two siblings, COMPANY Sense and COMPANY LifeAct)

Company is a weekly movement session for over 50’s with a focus on creating performance and having this focus gives a real sense of purpose to the group. Digital dance shorts will be produced during every session and shared as an ongoing performance that grows over time as well as live performances every few months.

Company is for anyone, people who have never been to a dance class before, people who danced when they were younger and want to start again and also ex-professionals.There are the obvious physical benefits to dancing but there is also the social interaction that comes with dancing. The name Company is also a definite nod towards the social aspect of dance, meeting and moving in a space with other people is so important, it impacts really positively on the feelings of isolation some older people feel, especially in the present times.

“Company does not have a style or dance technique as such but rather works with the people in the room and their physicality, creating a style of itself. We are used to seeing young athletic performers at the peak of their capability, fantastic of course, but that should not be it, dance should be performed by everyone at every age and physical abilities, the qualities will be different, the difference is magical, it is a joy.” Matt Butt, lead choreographer for the project.

Company also challenges the perceptions of what people can achieve later in life both to the performers themselves but also to the audience, their families and friends.

Company is open to new members, they meet every Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm in Rotherham Town Centre at ROAR’s Artspace on Westgate. The first session of the Autumn will be on 20th October.If you would like to come along and join in with a session, you are very welcome, there is parking nearby and we have a lift for anyone with mobility issues.

To find out more please email matt@rotherhamroar.org or call 07429645357.

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