Older dancers

Clearcut takes a strong interest in dance for people over 55. We work with Dance SIX-0 in Salisbury and Three Score Dance in Brighton and Hove to support their dancing ambitions with tours, events and classes.

Three Score Dance are currently seeking to commission an international female choreographer who is their peer in age – See the call out here

Signature event: Lifetime 2016

Lifetime took place at The Point on 2 October 2016. It was a day of joy, challenge and some great dance discoveries. Here’s a brief video capturing some of the highlights and thoughts from the day:


And here’s a clip from the H2Dance performance:

We were thrilled that an article written by Hannah Osmond was published in ArtsProfessional – read here about the growing interest in older dance.

“Thank you so much for the splendid day last Sunday at Lifetime. All of us at Three Score Dance really enjoyed the day – the challenging workshops, the thought-provoking discussions, and the performances. Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved at the Point for the warm and caring hospitality. We look forward to working with you again.”
Three Score Dance, Brighton

Lifetime is platform for performance by older people and an opportunity to showcase some of the best community and professional mature work in the South of England alongside debate, exploration and dancing.

Workshops reaching out to the wider 60+ community included workshops led by KJ Mortimer in care homes and residential care settings around the Eastleigh area.

“The residents  at Orchard Gardens absolutely loved the  dance class and we want more!” Lisa Smirk Customer Relations Manager, Orchard Gardens

Lifetime’s aims:

  • challenge preconceptions about what older people’s dance is and who it is for
  • to increase audiences for this work
  • raise the profile of older people dancing and making
  • inspire older people to choreograph and explore their artistic creativity and make connections across the South




Lifetime is produced by Clearcut in partnership with The Point, Eastleigh and supported by Pavilion Dance South West. The day included workshops with Ros Conlan, Jason Keenan-Smith, KJ Mortimer and Abi Mortimer, , conversations led by Euton Daley MBE and Fergus Early OBE and performances by the four visiting companies and H2 Dance.

Our project advisors were Liz Aggiss and Fergus Early OBE.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England, The Point, Eastleigh, and Pavilion Dance South West. Clearcut is also investing its own resources to make the project happen. We also thank an anonymous private donor for contributing to the event. Photo and film by Matt Bartram.

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  1. What a fantastic project and clearly an exhilarating and inspiring day for all involved. Also a brilliant platform for some of the visiting companies to perform at. I will be following the development of Lifetimes with great interest, this is such an exciting area of dance and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow.


  2. Rowena Price

    Wonderful stuff. This is the sort of work that really matters. How inspiring and uplifting to see what this Lifetimes project has achieved so far! Dance is such an incredible tool… and judging by this project, it clearly makes people happier and healthier no matter what their age. Fingers crossed for much more to come in the future.


  3. Rowena Price

    Wonderful stuff. This is the sort of work that really does make a positive difference to peoples’ lives. What a joy to see the impact this project has already made! Dance is such a brilliant tool for improving health and happiness, no matter what your age – and this project proves it. I really hope to see it grow in the future.


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