Oxford news – Never too old to take to the dance floor

Age proved no barrier to dance this week as a group of over 60s took part in a workshop with the Rambert Dance Company at our New Theatre in Oxford.

ATG’s New Theatre, where the Rambert Company were performing Ghost Dances and other works, worked in collaboration with Age UK Oxfordshire and it’s physical activity service Generation Games, to deliver a dance workshop for participants aged 60 and over.

The session was led by Effie Maguire Ward, an animateur for Rambert, who led the group through the history of Rambert by focusing on a number of items all collected in an original 1940s suitcase. They included photographs and personal possessions of the dance company’s founder, Marie Rambert.

The workshop saw the group up on their feet and learning short routines, inspired by key phrases and styles from the last 90 years of Rambert, culminating with a piece inspired by Rooster, one of the company’s best known works which is set to the music of The Rolling Stones.

Participant, and dance teacher, Joan Creese, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the class. She was an excellent teacher, and it was nice for me to take part rather than being the person doing the teaching. The idea of telling us all about Rambert from the beginning and how the dynamics evolved was lovely.”

Sharon Green, who also attended the session, said it had been fantastic.

“It was inspirational,” she said. “The workshop was engaging, lots of fun and it was interesting to learn so much about Rambert.”