In November 2016, Michelle founded ‘Samphire’ dance company, a company specifically for mature movers. Michelle wanted older members of the Isle of Wight to have the opportunity to learn to dance, create and perform. Some members of the company danced when they were younger but most have never danced before. All come to class with a wealth of life experience and a willingness to try out new ideas and to push themselves mentally as well as physically. Our youngest member is 55, the eldest is 76.
I never thought I would have the opportunity to dance at this stage of my life. It’s great to be part of such a friendly group and to have such a good workout for the brain as well as the body. – Celia, a member of Samphire since the beginning.
Under Julia’s Spell
In the summer of 2017 we were commissioned to create a dance film inspired by Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron. The collaboration with QuayCrafts and film maker Paul Windridge culminated in the film, ‘Under Julia’s Spell’ which formed part of the exhibition ‘Out of the Shadows’ at Dimbola Museum and Galleries. (Photographs by Carol Walker).
The Nelken Line
In May 2018 Samphire and friends took part in the world wide project, The Nelken Line.
Knitting the Bones
Summer 2018 at the Ventnor Fringe – ‘Knitting the Bones’ choreographed by Michelle Hainsworth and the company, with words and music by Sandy Kealty.
We took inspiration from the suffragette movement and produced a dance which not only explored the different roles of women, but also challenged the sedate image of older women in society.
If you would be interested in joining Samphire Dance Company then please contact Michelle here.