From time to time, one finds oneself watching a television programme that one wouldn’t ordinarily, choose to watch. And so it was by accident that I found myself watching BBC1’s “Imagine…Save the Last Dance For Me” a few moments ago, introduced by Alan Yentob.
The programme followed a group of pensioners who last year, took up contemporary dance for the first time. As the Sadler’s Wells’ website says :
Constantly inspiring, Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders is the jewel in the crown of the theatre’s Connect programme. Drawn from our local community, this group of 25 performers discovered dance late in life and now enjoy the immense social and physical benefits of dance. Established in 1992, Company of Elders grew out of the Sadler’s Wells afternoon over 60s club.
This remarkable group of men and women, draw upon their own experiences of life, including the war years, to present a passionate and fluidity of movement and expression that many dance students of today would be envious of. Their dedication in overcoming the whole spectrum of age-related conditions is a marvellous testament to their enthusiasm and dedication. They were truly inspiring and I felt I had to watch it through to see their performance on the world-famous Sadler’s Wells stage.
The programme is available to view until 11.24pm on Tuesday 30th June 2009 on BBC iPlayer here.