About Dance Limerick

A place for artists and the public

Dance Limerick for dance, Dance Limerick for dancers, Dance Limerick for dance lovers. Dance Limerick Studio and offices are based at 1-2 John's Square, Limerick, in the heart of the city. Directly across the square is the Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church, formerly Daghdha).

Georgian buildings in Limerick city
Johns Square Limerick

Funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council, Dance Limerick is a support and development organisation. Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick advocates for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick promotes the creation of new and innovative work and devises programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.

The Performance Space

Dance Limerick programmes performances, workshops, talks and more at the Dance Limerick Space (formerly Daghdha). The Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) has been running as a place for dance since being refurbished in 2005.

A Place for performances

Many dancers in lines inside
Dancers rehearsing in the Dance Limerick Space

With its high ceilings, wall to wall sprung dance floor and lofty arches, the Dance Limerick Space invites dancers, choreographers and audiences to stretch their imaginations to new heights. A bright and unconventional performance space, the Dance Limerick Space offers a flexible approach to seating, movement of performers and placing of sets.

  • Sprung Junkers dance floor
  • The largest dance floor in the Mid-West! At over 235 sq metres, the Dance Limerick Space is not only an impressive space to stage a production but can be an inspiring location to rehearse a performance.

  • Audience space for 10 to 150 people in various configurations
  • The unconventional arrangement of the Dance Limerick Space offers a flexible approach to seating audiences. From beanbags and couches to wooden benches and folding chairs, each production can place the audience in an arrangement that works best for them.

  • Changing facilities backstage for performers
  • The Dance Limerick Space provides changing facilities for performers. If a green room is required, we can provide extra space across John's Square in the Dance Limerick offices and studio.

    Other Facilities

    Dance Limerick Studio Bright, light and warm, the Dance Limerick studio is the location for many of Dance Limerick's classes and workshops. In addition to a sprung hard wood floor, the Dance Limerick studio has a sound system that is compatible with CDs and MP3 players. Dance Limerick regularly makes the studio available to dance artists in residency to develop their own work and practice. For more details on upcoming residency opportunities view the Dance Limerick News page.

    Dance Limerick's offices and studio are located in the Georgian building just across the square from the Dance Limerick Space.

    The People

    JENNY TRAYNOR - DIRECTOR Dance Limerick's Director Jenny Traynor managed CoisCéim Dance Theatre, one of Ireland's leading dance companies, for over ten years. Jenny has also previously worked at Project Arts Centre and the Arts Council.

    Board of Directors

    Dance Limerick has a committed Board of Directors to steer and govern the company. The Board of Directors is drawn from dancers, arts practitioners and individuals with a strong passion for the arts. Meeting regularly, the aim of the board is to maintain the ethos and mission of Dance Limerick and to provide resources and facilities for dance artists and dance programming, alongside classes and events for dance audiences.

  • MIKE FINN (Chair) | Board Member re-elected 2016
  • Limerick born playwright, actor and screenwriter. Acclaimed playwright of Pigtown, and co-writer of Killinascully.

  • CAELAN BRISTOW | re-elected 2016
  • Canadian artist with a keen interest in eco architecture. Caelan has worked in design and architecture for some years and is currently studying for an MSc in Environmental Design.

  • AOIFE MCGRATH | 2013 - re-elected 2016
  • Former Dance Advisor at the Arts Council and currently Lecturer in Drama at Queens, Belfast. Has a PHD from Trinity and just published her book Dance Theatre in Ireland.

  • ORLA MOLONEY | re-elected 2016
  • Dublin based independent arts consultant with a background in developing policy in collaborative arts practice.

  • HELEN O'DONNELL | re-elected 2016
  • Limerick based with her own catering business. Helen also runs the Hunt Museum restaurant and participates in the Limerick Chamber of Commerce.

  • GABY SMYTH | re-elected 2016
  • Chartered Accountant at Gaby Smyth and Company. Accountant to many arts organisations. Gaby participates on a number of arts boards and is also a piano player.

  • AMANDA DUNSMORE | elected 2015
  • Lecturer at the Sculpture and Combined Media Department at LIT. Amanda's own work originates from contemporary social contexts, presented through the media of video, sound, photography and installation.

  • LINDA REALE-HORVAT | elected 2016
  • Originally from Limerick, Linda worked overseas for the EU/European Commission for 36 years and has extensive experience in project management and co-ordination.

  • CARINA MCGRAIL | elected 2016
  • General Manager of Dublin Dance Festival, Carina has extensive experience producing festivals and events. She is a graduate of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at UCD and holds a BA in Contemporary Dance from De Montford University in Leicester.

    GOVERNANCE

    Dance Limerick Hub CLG is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. The company has charitible status and is governed by the Board of Directors which meets six times annually. Dance Limerick Hub CLG recognises the importance of maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance in the interest of all our stakeholders. The Board has adopted codes of best practice which go beyond the minimum legal requirements in order to ensure the highest level of transparency and accountability. .Dance Limerick Hub CLG is a Type A organisation and signed up to the Code of Governance and the Principles of Good Fundraising. Registered Office: 1 & 2 John’s Square, Limerick Company Number: 531426 CHY Number 21251

    AT A GLANCE - DANCE LIMERICK PROMO

    For a look inside Dance Limerick, to see what we do, click on the link to our promo!

    Announcements

    STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2017
    Dancer Artist-In-Residence June-July
    Light Moves Symposium - Open Call for Papers and Presentations
    CHORAL MOVES DANCE PROJECT FOR 50yrs+

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    Dance Limerick exists to support the development of professional dance artists within the Limerick region and beyond.

    Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick will advocate for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick will promote the creation of new and innovative work and will devise programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.

    Based at the premises of the former Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Limerick houses offices and a fully equipped studio space along with a separate performance venue known as the Daghda Space

    Further information about facilities and opportunities for professional dance artists available from Jenny Traynor at
    jenny@dancelimerick.ie