workING in unconventional places in unconventional ways....

Older dancers using dance as a political and societal tool for change
Politely subversive and delightfully disruptive
— Prof. TRISH WINTER - University of Sunderland

Our Philosophy

Grand Gestures Dance Collective was formed by Dance Artist Paula Turner to highlight the artistic qualities of older dancers and especially the culturally disruptive tendencies of their dance work. GGDC  seeks to question  normative conceptions of the older dancer and to be  ‘politely disruptive’  in its occupations of public space.

Paula collaborates/works with a cohort of professional and non professional dancers who see their dance work as providing an alternative set of representations, speaking of another set of possibilities for older age.


The GGDC model of working is a critical practice that challenges normative conceptions of the older dancer. This practice can itself act as a stimulus to debate about the current orthopraxis of elders dance practice, about the cultural representation of the older dancer and about what it means to dance in older age.

We see dance as means of social and political expression,
engagement and activism
— paula turner

The lived in body as the ultimate in communication devices, the original means of social media! GGDC are known for their happenings. Whether we are seen or unseen is unimportant. What matters is our presence and our witness and through our happenings we assert that dancing/moving is part of everyday life.

Our happenings provide the means by which we interrogate direct experience and those who watch or pass by are invited to do the same. We respond to environments, to our shifting awareness of who we are and where we are moment to moment.


press & PublicationS

Where we've been and what they're saying about us...

The lived in body as the ultimate in communication devices
- the original means of social media!
— Paula Turner