Weekly classes

These weekly classes reflect my interests and specialisms


Dance classes for over 55s 


These classes are more than exercise.  They are groups of friendly people having fun and developing a love of dance.  (And we laugh a lot too!)

Classes are great for improving flexibility, co-ordination and memory, testing imagination and a boost to mental health, resilience and confidence.

Mondays 1.30 – 3pm at Niton Methodist Church Hall.

Thursdays 10.45 – 12.15 at The Methodist Hall, Ryde 

£49 for 6 weeks Tier one, or Tier two £45 (first lesson free)

Alternatively, some people like the camaraderie of creating and rehearsing;  the excitement of performing for an audience and the sense of achievement a project brings.  If this could be you, you should try our lovely Samphire project/performance group in Newport.

Thursdays 2.00 – 3.30 at Camp Hill Sports and Community Club, Newport

£54 for 6 week block Tier one, or Tier two £48 (Pay whichever tier you can afford)

Places are limited so booking is essential.  Taster session is free.  Email Michelle at: communitydanceiow@gmail.com or call: 07503 153 329.

More details about the performance group here: http://danceiow.org.uk/wp/samphire-dance-company/ 

This is what participants have to say:

“I leave each session with a sense of achievement, a body that is alive and stretched and a smile on my face!”

“At the start I was somewhat ambiguous about the creative element, but honestly it is so important to stretch us and to make us use both our brains and our bodies.  I can’t express how energised I feel after every class especially when I have been feeling a bit low beforehand.”


DanceMakers (in conjunction with Independent Arts) is for those who require a gentle dance class in a fun, sociable environment. These uplifting  sessions are for people, regardless of ability, who like to meet together every week for fun and friendship, and some exercise that helps improve their posture, balance, co-ordination, muscle strength and confidence.  We have refreshments at the end of each class too.  DanceMakers has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Fridays 10.45 – 12.15 at St John’s Hall, Newport

DanceMakers is funded and costs just £2 per session.

There is often a waiting list to join the DanceMakers programme but if you are interested, then please contact: https://independentarts.org.uk/workshops/dancemakers/ 

This is what participants have to say:

    “Our class is more than just exercise. It is friendship, caring about each other, mutual support, and having a good time. 

“It’s full of fun and interesting things to do”

“My balance and co-ordination are improving”

“It’s been great to work as part of a team – I’ve missed that!”

“You are a very talented inspiring teacher, very aware, kind, fully committed with a great sense of fun.  We enjoy what you do very much”.


For people with neurological conditions that affect their movement (in conjunction with Independent Arts)

DanceSense is a fun, gentle dance programme specifically for people living with neurological conditions that have affected their movement (such as Parkinson’s, MS or those who are recovering from a stroke).  Participants have the opportunity to develop confidence and express themselves creatively whilst having lots of laughs along the way. Some people come with partners or family members, others come along on their own.

Mondays, 10.45 am – 12 at Camp Hill Community Sports Club, Newport 

DanceSense is funded and costs just £2.

For further details, and to book a place, please click here.

This is what one of the founder members has to say:

“You are giving people with strokes the will to get back to normal.  Well done.”

Creative Writing for Wellbeing

The focus of ‘Creative Writing for Wellbeing’ is the process not the product.  You don’t need to be a writer, or have written before.  We take inspiration from paintings, poems, photographs, our lives and objects around us.  There are silly games and serious moments of reflection.

New courses to come some time next year.

Contact me, Michelle Hainsworth for information.