Weekly classes

Due to the Corona Virus, indoor classes have been suspended.  However, if you are over 55 (or thereabouts) and would like to try a pop up Dance on the Grass session, then email me to find out where your nearest one is taking place.  Numbers are limited to 5 so booking is essential.  Here is a taster:




(in conjunction with Independent Arts).

DanceMakers is for those who need a gentle dance class.  It is designed to be sociable and fun. 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, your mind and lift your spirits.

Thursdays 10.30 – 12.00 at The Parish Hall, Victoria Rd, Freshwater

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


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 fun, 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.  I draw upon my training in Dance for Parkinson’s to provide enjoyable, beneficial sessions.

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


Samphire Dance Company and over 50s classes

Samphire dance company is specifically geared towards dancers in their mid 50s and beyond, who want to dance, create and occasionally perform.  It’s a fun, social group and participants are from all walks of life.  Some danced when they were younger but most are new to dance.  What brings everyone together, is their love of dance.

Samphire dance class (Totland)  is a satellite group that gives West Wight dancers, the chance to dance and express themselves.  Classes draw on ballet and contemporary dance technique.  These techniques offer a great way to improve your balance and coordination, core strength and flexibility whilst enjoying beautiful music.  It’s a safe, fun and social environment. No previous dance experience is necessary.  There is some floor work in this class so a reasonable level of mobility is required.


Wednesdays 2.15 – 3.30 at Totland Church Hall, the Broadway, Totland, PO39 0BY

Thursdays 2.15 – 3.30 at Congregational Church Hall, Pyle St, Newport, PO30 1UH


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, just be willing to give tasks a go.  We take inspiration from paintings, poems, photographs, our lives and objects around us.  There are silly games and serious moments of reflection.

The next course starts at Medina Bookshop, Cowes in April 2020.

Contact me, Michelle Hainsworth for information.