We believe that dancing doesn’t stop when you hit a particular age, or that once you reach a particular age you can’t learn a new skill. In fact – we believe dance, and the chance to learn dance can only get better with age. As the south west has a greater proportion of over 65s than any other English region, we believe this community inhabits wonderful performative wisdom, expression and experience. 

We are committed to ensuring there are points of access to dance for those over both 50 and 60 who have never danced before. That there are performance, workshop and training opportunities for those who wish to further push or explore their dance experience, training, profession or hobby. 

We are proud to say that you can look to PDSW for performances, classes, participatory days, festivals and a resident dance company.

Joie de Vivre

Joie De Vivre is our participatory festival raising the profile of, and pushing the choreographic skill of our older dancing community in the local and sub-region.

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Joie De Vivre Exhibition

In 2016 we commissioned photographers Kevin Clifford and Matt Austin to capture the essence and beauty of the older dancing community, both amateur and professional in the South West, and the resulting images are exquisite. 

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Vivre Dance Company

Vivre Dance Company is our brand new dance company for people aged 50 and over. Working with fantastic contemporary practitioners for 2 hours weekly, the company will be prepared to create and perform across the region.

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