Arts Council Dance Project For Over 65s

 ARTS COUNCIL  Dance Project for people over 65

 ASKI  has secured  funding  from Arts Council Great Britain and Croydon Council support for dance project for over 65s in Croydon 

ASKI, a Thornton Heath based charity, has been successful in securing funding from the Arts Council and Croydon Council to engage people aged 65+ from across the borough of Croydon in a dance project that will enable them to feel present, alive and engaged with their world and with the worlds of others. 

Temujin Gill, artistic director of the dance company Grounded Movement, who was part of the creative team for the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics, is the artistic director and choreographer for the project.  

Temujin will deliver dance workshops for people aged 65+ across four hubs in Croydon in May and June. There will then be the opportunity for workshop participants to progress onto being part of a company that will perform in public.


Joseph Jeffers, CEO at ASKI said “We are delighted to be able to bring the joy of dance to people aged 65+ from across Croydon. 

People who have been coming to ASKI’s workshops and using our services have found that dance is an amazing way of supporting their well-being and building their confidence.


We want to give participants a satisfying and enjoyable experience that boosts their self-confidence and esteem and enable them to learn dance skills and share their own dance traditions.


People aged 65+ have a lifetime of experiences and stories and we want to support them in finding a way to express those and share them.”


The workshops are free and drop in so no need to book.

Workshops will take place at the following hubs on these dates:


Haslemere Hall, Thornton Heath 

10:00 – 12:30 on Monday 13 May, Monday 20 May & Monday 3 June 


Norbury Library

14:00 – 16:30 on Monday 13 May, Monday 20 May & Monday 3 June

Cherry Orchard, St James's Rd, Croydon 

10:00 – 12:30 on Friday 17 May, Friday 24 May and Friday 31 May


Ashburton Library

14:30 – 16:30 on Friday 17 May, Friday 24 May and Friday 31 May


There will also be the opportunity to progress onto a summer of workshops and rehearsals with Temujin culminating two public performances later in 2019.


Notes for editors


ASKI was founded in 2012 when a group of experienced third sector professionals recognised that whilst VCS services may exist, in many instances the people who need this support the most, often do not have the confidence to access it.  They are determined to support and signpost individuals who face barriers to inclusion enabling them to live safe, secure, happy and productive lives and to make a valuable contribution to their community