This case-study research report explores 'active older people participating in creative dance', implications and benefits for individuals and society and ways people from different work sectors, organisations and academic disciplines can work together. The research period March 2011 ' 2016 includes social/political contexts where financial recession, demographic change and the ageing population require new solutions to meet local and national challenges. The research's four phases involve new work and research with increasing reflexivity between them benefitting practice and informing the research. There are three aspects of inquiry: older people who have chosen to dance at this stage of their lives, my work practice and desk-top research including social gerontology, dance, community development, boundary-spanning, image, connectedness and spirituality. The research adapts overtime, benefitting from my varied positionalities as an older person and dancer having access to others choosing to dance, using skills and expertise from my previous teaching and management careers and voluntary work to new evolving work activities.