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Your community engagement inspiration: April 2018
Featured Project:
Older and Reckless


Older & Reckless is an intimate dance performance series featuring mature dance artists who have followed their passion for a lifetime. The series is curated by Claudia Moore of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre. Since 2013, each Older and Reckless performance has included a dance piece co-created and performed by local “dance enthusiasts.”
In March of 2018, seven women from across the Niagara region took part in an Older and Reckless performance in St. Catharines, ON. The project was programmed by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, and supported by the Ontario Dances program.
Hear about the project from Claudia and the dance enthusiasts in this video feature from the St. Catharines Standard (March 21, 2018)

What and how?

The Older and Reckless project in St. Catharines included:
  • Three workshops led by Claudia Moore in 2017
  • Stand-alone, two-hour workshops led by each of the professional Older and Reckless artists in the weeks leading up to the performance
  • A six-workshop series for community dance enthusiasts (recommended for ages 40+), leading to a final performance
  • Performance featuring the community dance enthusiasts and four professional dance pieces (Friday, March 23rd, 2018)
With the support of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Dance Animator, Alice Burke, the Sunday workshops were full of community members, the final performance sold out, and seven dedicated women from across the region took part in the community dance project.
Through the six workshops in this project, the women were led through warm-ups and movement-based exercises to increase their comfort with dance and performance and to enhance their physical skills. Working with Claudia, the participants then developed their movements into a six-minute piece, which they performed as part of the Older and Reckless presentation on March 23rd.

Community Impact

The benefits of this program to the community members were immediately evident in both the rehearsals and the final performance. The women bonded very quickly as a group, discovered or rediscovered the joy of dance, and performed before family, friends, and the public.

As participant Maja Bannerman told the
St. Catharines Standard,

Everyone here has a desire to move and to move with other people and create something with other people. And that's profound, to meet people who have the same fire within."
Claudia, too, was “wowed” by the passion and creativity of the dance enthusiasts:

“I have so enjoyed [the participants'] generosity and commitment to the process. They’ve all come such a long way; they’ve been really challenged by creating movement, and learning movement, and working together, collaborating.

They all have very open hearts and willing spirits. It’s been such a pleasure to watch them grow through the project.”

In addition to the benefits to the participants themselves, the project brought family and friends to the Older and Reckless show who may not otherwise have engaged with dance. These audience members also had the opportunity to take part, as the final performance began with a  dance warm-up during which audience members were invited to dance in their seats or join the facilitator on stage.
Read more about Older and Reckless in the Idea Box
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"They're wowing me... the focus, the commitment to the movements, the level of creativity is really astonishing”

Claudia Moore on co-creating with the community dance enthusiasts.

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