RIPE Dance celebrates 10th Anniversary – January 2022

WOW! RIPE Dance has been offering dance classes and experiences for over 60s of various abilities, mobilities and dance experience for 10 years. We will be celebrating in a number of ways over 2022. Congratulations to Gail and all the dancers for this great achievement and milestone!

RIPE Dance wins national award – 9 December 2020

We are excited and honoured to announce RIPE Dance won the Australian Dance Award 2018 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for Film or New Media for its film In a Different Space and a finalist in the category Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance. The winners were announced on 8 December 2020. See the official announcement by Ausdance National  

CLICK HERE to view the film. Enjoy!

RIPE Dance shortlisted for national awards – 31 October 2020

We are excited and honoured to announce RIPE Dance has been shortlisted for 2 national Ausdance Dance Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance, and Outstanding Achievement in Dance for Film or New Media. The winners will be announced on 8 December. See the official announcement by Ausdance National

All classes restarting week 13 July 2020

We will be guided by the dance industry’s The Principles and Framework for Restarting Dance Activities Post COVID-19 and implementing a COVID Safe Plan to ensure appropriate protocols and procedures are followed.

Open Access now available to our film In A Different Space – May 2020

The film has to date been selected for screening at 19 national and international arts/dance/film festivals and events in Australia, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Spain and Brazil.

In A Different Space is one of the most inspirational dance films I’ve seen in a long time. It combines beauty, humour, serenity and cheekiness in equal measure. Anyone who feels themselves growing older should watch this film.” Anna Leatherdale, Director of Learning, People Dancing (UK)

CLICK HERE to view the film. Enjoy!

In A Different Space – creation of dance film in 2018

Largely funded by RIPE Dance with funding assistance from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF – Noosa Council & Arts Qld) and crowd funding via the Australia Cultural Fund, In a Different Space is an arts project by community dance artist and RIPE Dance Director, Gail Hewton which will see the creation of a unique short dance film.

Challenging notions of ageism, fear of ageing and ageing body image, In A Different Space celebrates and showcases elders aged 60 to 101 years dancing their personal stories in places of significance to them. The film presents six distinct pieces featuring novice, experienced and former professional dancers with a range of physical abilities and conditions.

Production, Concept & Direction             Gail Hewton

Choreography                                                 Gail Hewton – in collaboration with the dancers

Direction of Photography & Editing        Suzon Fuks

Music & Sound                                                Guy Webster

Drone Video                                                     Shaylin Smith

Featured Dancers:

Aphrodite                                           Meredyth Howard (87 yrs)

Miss Behave                                      Robin Mitchell, Jill Muir (76 yrs), Jo Westbury (73 yrs)

Smocker                                             Val Taylor (88 yrs)

Loss & Found                                    Helen Male (79 yrs)

The Living Swan                              Jacqueline (Jonny) B’Nay (92 yrs)

Beat Boy                                            Jack Floyd (101 yrs)

Noosa’s Biggest Seated Dance Class! 2017 – another success

Another great turn out for this year’s Seniors Week event with over 100 in attendance enjoying themselves dancing in their chairs as well as marvelling at the wonderful on stage performances by RIPE Dance participants.

Here’s a couple of links with videos and photos to check out what it was all about.

ABC News

Twitter from ABC reporter Frances Adcock

More photos to come soon.

(posted 7 Sept 2017)

Get ready for Noosa’s Biggest Seated Dance class! – Wednesday 17 August 2016

As the saying goes, move it or lose it! So RIPE Dance with support of Noosa Council and The J is presenting this special FREE event during Seniors Week to encourage our senior citizens to stay physically active for good health and wellbeing.

We extend an open invitation to the seniors of Noosa to come along, have some fun and experience the joy and benefits of a seated dance class.  Yes, You Can Dance! in a chair, so if you’re not moving as well as you used to due to ageing, have balance issues, reduced joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility or conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, MS, mild stroke, come and join us to see just what is possible.

RIPE Dance director, Gail Hewton, will lead you through a 50-60 minute dance session that will include a warm up, several simple dance sequences choreographed to a variety of wonderful and familiar songs, finishing with a relaxing cool down – all seated in the safety of your chair. No previous dance experience required.

The moves are easy to follow, whilst still aiming to challenge the brain by coordinating different body parts in time to music.  There’ll be toe tapping and stomping, clapping and arm swinging, shimmying and shaking, as well as slow, smooth and elegant movements.  Expect to explore a range of movement qualities and patterns to a variety of musical rhythms and melodies such as waltz, jazz, latin, broadway and musical theatre, and most of all expect to be surprised and have fun.

Research is showing that dance for older people provides a range of physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits. RIPE Dance participants leave class feeling energised and uplifted, ‘my muscles are less stiff’, ‘without the headache I came with’ and over time see improvements in their balance, posture, coordination, flexibility and mood as well as making new friends .

There will also be additional demonstrations from some RIPE Dance participants performing dance items. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

  • When: Wednesday 17 August – take your seat from 10am for a 10.30am class start
  • Where: The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
  • Cost: FREE
  • Duration: approximately 90 mins – including 60 min seated dance class

TO REGISTER for a seat or for more information: contact Gail on 0411 720 391 or

(posted 12 July 2016)

Sunny coast hears inspiring stories about the power of dance at Pecha Kucha  – Tuesday 21 June 2016

Gail Hewton, Director, RIPE Dance, was one of nine local creatives to present at the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance’s 17th Pecha Kucha Night.  With the required presentation theme of Extraordinaire and within the set Pecha Kucha  format of 20 slides 20 seconds per slide, Gail spoke about the transformative power of dance relating 3 powerful real life stories, accompanied by images, of how people’s lives have been transformed by participation in dance classes or projects she has lead over her 38 year professional career in dance.  See her blog for a transcript of her inspiring talk.

(posted 1 July 2016)