Weekly classes

Over recent years I have specialised in Dance for adults aged 55+, dance for people with neurological conditions and dance for wellbeing.  These weekly classes reflect my interest.

Samphire Dance (over 55s classes)

Samphire is specifically geared towards participants in their mid 50s and beyond.

These classes are more than exercise.  They are groups of people supporting each other and developing a love of dance as a means of expression and creativity.  They are about friendships and laughter, and delight.   No previous dance experience is necessary though some participants danced when they were younger.  There is some floor work so a reasonable level of mobility is required.

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

£45 for 6 week block (concession price available)

Mondays 1.30 – 3pm at the Echium Terrace, Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

£45 for 6 weeks

Places are limited so booking is essential.  Taster session is free.  


(in conjunction with Independent Arts).

DanceMakers is for those who need a gentle dance class.  It is a fun, sociable environment. It’s for people regardless of ability who like to meet together every week for some exercise that helps improve their posture, balance, co-ordination and muscle strength. The goal is to allow you to stretch your body and your mind and lift your spirits in the process.

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

DanceMakers costs £5 per session (but first 12 weeks are free).

Here is an example of DanceMakers.  Please take care and ensure you have enough space to move in.  You need to take responsibility for your safety.  If in doubt, consult your doctor before starting regular classes.

There is often a waiting list to join the DanceMakers programme but if you would like to join, then please contact Michelle Hainsworth, here .

This is what participants have to say:

“It’s worked my imagination – I’m thinking out of the box.”

“My balance and co-ordination are improving”

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


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

DanceSense is a gentle dance programme specifically for people living with neurological conditions that have affected their movement (such as Parkinson’s or those who are recovering from a Stroke).  It gives participants the opportunity to develop confidence and express themselves creatively in a supportive environment.  Monday mornings are full of fun and laughter.

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

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

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 in 2022.

Contact me, Michelle Hainsworth for information.