Intensive Workshop: Making Dance Performance with and for Older Adults

As part of our dance and older peoples programme, we are once again welcoming Fergus Early OBE on the 13th & 14th April 2019 to deliver a two-day intensive professional development workshop for dance artists, recent graduates and those who work with (or intend to work with) older adults.

Choreographic approaches to making work with older adults

The aim of this intensive is to introduce skills and approaches needed to lead dance sessions with or for older audiences, with a particular focus on alternative settings such as care homes.

Particular areas covered will include:

  1. * The social and political context: older people and society; the valuable contribution to society of older people and the value of dance to older people
  2. * Choreography: creating appropriate work for particular contexts; narrative, abstraction, emotion
  3. * Exploring intergenerational performance work
  4. * Older audiences / older performers /older creators
  5. * Form and content
  6. * Props, music, improvisation
  7. * Where do I come from? Exploring our own starting points and emotional responses to older people
  8. * Sharing knowledge: drawing upon participants’ own knowledge and experience of working with older people 


Cheshire Dance is excited to welcome participants from Cheshire Dance LIVE WELL DANCE groups. Together, there will be the opportunity to collaborate creatively to make a piece of choreography with older adults and to explore the skills and approaches needed to work effectively with older audiences.

About Fergus Early OBE

After an early career in ballet, contemporary dance and New Dance, Fergus founded Green Candle Dance Company in 1987, working for and with children, young people and older adults.

Since this time, the company has worked extensively with older people living with and without dementia in hospitals, care homes, day centres and at its base in Bethnal Green, East London.

Fergus directs an accredited training course for leading dance with older people and his company runs specially designed short training courses for dancers and health workers.

In 2009, he was awarded an OBE for services to dance. In 2011, he received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from De Montfort University, Leicester.

More information on Fergus Early and Green Candle Dance can be found at:


Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Both days will be hosted by Crewe Lyceum Theatre: Heath Street, Crewe, CW1 2DA


Saturday 13th April: 10.30am – 5pm
Sunday 14th April: 10am – 4pm


Early Bird discount (up to 1st March) £75.00. Thereafter, £85.00


Travel Information:

Crewe Railway Station is a short taxi ride from Crewe Lyceum Theatre or a 15-minute walk.

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