Dance Limerick's Summer Dance Fusion project will offer a unique opportunity for young people to experience an intensive two-week dance project incorporating exciting fusions of dance. The project will be led by Dublin Youth Dance Company's Justine Doswell and Limerick based Street Dancer Tobi Omoteso. No previous dance experience is required. The participants will work in a fun, creative and supportive environment and learn basic technique and movement vocabulary as well as developing physical strength, co-ordination and confidence. The energetic and lively daily sessions will focus on a dynamic fusion of Contemporary dance, that combines many elements of different dance genres, in partnership with urban culture's latest street and hip hop techniques. Under the guidance of the facilitators, the project will take inspiration from Limerick City's streets and architecture and will emphasise playfulness and "drifting" around urban environments and how they make us feel and behave, connect or disconnect with our physical, social and emotional environments. PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the 2 week daily studio sessions there is a rehearsal day on Sunday September 17 from 12-4pm followed by a short evening performance on Friday September 22 (Culture Night).
Thursdays 7.30-8.45pm €60 for six weeks from Thursday 29 April 2017 **class full - see below. Ballet for Adults with Rebeca Mateos Morante This class develops good posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and rhythm inherent both to Ballet as well as to a healthy body and mind. Ballet is not only a beautiful dance discipline, it also promotes the development of mental concentration and memory recall, together with body toning, strengthening and elongation of the muscular structure. Participants will learn basic ballet positions and patterns in a traditional structured class, consisting of a warm up, barre and centre exercises, and finally a relaxing warm down routine, incorporating improvised movements to music. About Rebeca Mateos Morante Rebeca Mateos Morante has toured extensively both with the critically acclaimed Compañía Elvira Andrés led by the ex-director of the National Ballet of Spain, and as Flamenco soloist with the international dance phenomenon Riverdance. She has worked with many prestigious choreographers, having performed one of the last productions of the famous Bodas de Sangre under the direction of its celebrated choreographer, the late Antonio Gades. Rebeca forms part of the last generation of professional dancers to have trained at the renowned Centro Coreográfico Mariemma in Madrid incorporating extensive professional conservatory training in Classical Ballet, Bolero School, Spanish Stylised Dance, Spanish Folk Dances and Flamenco. In ballet alone she has trained under renowned masters such as Julia Estévez, Carmina Ocaña, Nadine Boisaubert and Patricia Crosbie, among others. Rebeca is currently studying for her PhD at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance where she guest lectures in both theoretical and performance based modules. A philosophy graduate with a first class honours Masters in Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies, her own academic research output includes conference presentations, publications and choreographies that explore themes associated with her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis “The Dancer in the Mirror: Body Identity and Body Motion in Danza Española”. **To go on a waiting list for future terms of classes, please email your name and contact tel to email@example.com
Thursdays for six weeks from 27 April 2017** 6pm-7.15pm Dance Limerick Studio, 1 & 2 John's Square, Limerick Fee: €60 (for six weeks) Level: Improvers **This class is currently full. Please see below. A very popular class at Dance Limerick, this class is suitable for those with some recent experience of ballet. This ballet class works on developing posture, flexibility, musicality, balance and movement co-ordination while building on the basic rudiments of ballet. It consists of a gentle warm up, followed by a classical ballet barre (exercises specifically designed for warming up the body and improving technique, precision and posture). This is followed by exercises in the centre, away from the barre, which focus on balance, posture and co-ordinating music with movement. The class finishes with a warm-down and gentle stretch to improve flexibility and breath control. There are multiple benefits of training in classical ballet: It enhances the body-mind connection and awareness, develops strength and flexibility and makes the dancer more sensitive to rhythm and coordination with the music. Come and join this lovely class! Teacher: Patricia Crosbie Patricia Crosbie was a member of Irish National Ballet for 6 years, dancing leading roles in many of the classics, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Cinderella. Patricia was a principal with London Ballet Theatre and Vienna Festival Ballet and toured worldwide with the renowned rock band, The Kinks, choreographing and performing in their concerts. Patricia is now Ballet Mistress with Cork City Ballet for whom she has choreographed many ballets. She has conducted workshops and master classes for INYB, Crux Dance Company, Siamsa Tire and Dance Ireland and has been teaching Adult Beginners Ballet classes at Firkin Crane Dance Centre for almost 3 years. Patricia taught ballet and jazz ballet on the Diploma in Dance course at Cork’s College of Further Education (CSN) for 12 years and is now ballet tutor on the MA and BA dance courses at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick (UL). Patricia was awarded her MA in Dance from UL in 2011 and has been appointed Associate Artist for 2015/16 by Dance Ireland. **This class is full. If you would like to go on the waiting list for future terms of classes, please email your details (name, contact tel) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues 25 April - Tues 30 May (six weeks) 6pm-7.15pm Dance Limerick Studio €60.00 (six weeks) **This class is full - Please see below. The aim of these new classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease. Informed by postmodern dance and somatic principles, each class will begin with simple warm-up exercises and build progressively towards more expansive movement phrases which travel out into the space. All of the activities are based on practices/techniques which will help to release tensions which limit the range of movement. This will, in turn, allow each person to move with greater clarity and efficiency, to regain a sense of the natural flow of their movement and to enjoy their own unique dancing body. Teacher: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín Dance Artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, UK followed by a MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. Since then, she has worked with John Jasperse, Liz Roche (Step Up Dance Project ’12), Laura Murphy and Mary Wycherley. She is a member of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company and has performed in Finland, Germany and the UK. Siobhán is Associate Artist with Laura Murphy & Luke Murphy, Cork’s Dancer in Residence at Firkin Crane, leading the community strand of the residency. **This class is full. If you would like to go on a waiting list/mailing list for future classes, please email email@example.com and include your name, contact tel and the class you're interested in.
Hip Hop Classes with Rachel Sheil Six-week class Tuesdays from 18 April to 23 May 2017 7.30pm-8.30pm Class fee €60 for six weeks / €12 drop in rate. Advance booking strongly recommended. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org “This term of classes will see participants learning hip-hop as a social dance and will include old school moves alongside foundations and technique. My class aims for you to leave with a deeper understanding of the dance and culture as a whole and an ability to groove along with any song you love, comfortable in your own skin! You will learn choreography and freestyle skills and, in the process, hopefully have a great time with great people to great music!” Rachel Sheil
Free Taster Dance Session: Thurs 30 March, 2pm at Dance Limerick Studio Do you enjoy dancing? Like to try something new? Dance Limerick is running a new dance performance project for people aged 50+. Choral Moves draws inspiration from well-known choral music classics and will encourage participants to embrace the beauty, magic and movement in the works of famous composers from Brahms to Beethoven, from Mozart to Mendelssohn. Led by choreographers Philippa Donnellan and Kristyn Fontanella, the project begins with a free taster dance workshop on Thursday 30 March at 2pm at Dance Limerick, John’s Square. The project continues on Thursdays and Friday for six weeks, leading to an informal performance and social event on Sunday 14 May. No experience is necessary and no upper age limit applies. Come alone or bring a friend. Further details from (061) 400994. Choral Moves follows Dance Limerick’s hugely successful 2016 project Here’s Looking at You, Kid, led by Philippa Donnellan. Having led many dance projects for older audiences, Donnellan teams up this year with Limerick-based dance artist and choreographer Kristyn Fontanella, who teaches Dance Limerick’s weekly dance class for people over 50. Outlining how the project will operate, she explains “After the taster workshop, we’ll run 12 sessions in April and May, leading to an informal performance and social event on Sunday 14 May. The sessions begin with easy movement warm-ups to stretch the muscles and focus the mind, followed by creating simple and lively dance sequences to music of all styles. It’s a social occasion also, so over a cuppa there’ll be time to chat with others about our favourite music, hopefully inspiring each other to invent new choreography. Ideas could come from Mozart’s exuberant Marriage of Figaro, the gorgeous love songs of Puccini, or even Carl Orff’s raucous Carmina Burana (better known as the theme from the Old Spice ad) – We can’t wait to see what people suggest!” Choral Moves has come about as a result of Dance Limerick’s ongoing wish to engage with older people in Limerick and the Mid-West. Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, explains “As part of our remit, Dance Limerick runs classes for all ages, from tots to adults, and we now have a very successful weekly dance class for people over 50. Choral Moves brings the participation of our older movers to a new level and also gives us the opportunity to introduce new people to the joys of dance. We had great fun with Here’s Looking at You, Kid last year. Many new friendships were made and many new dancers were born! We’re really fortunate to be able to work again with Philippa Donnellan, who has considerable experience and really knows how to encourage people to tap into their creativity, as well as our own Kristyn Fontanella, who has done great work leading our older movers class over the last six months”. Free dance taster session: Thursday 30 March, 2pm at Dance Limerick Studio Further details: email@example.com | (061) 400994
**Places for the forthcoming term are currently being offered to those on the waiting list. Please see below.** This class will focus on movement creation through play, improvisation and freestyle. Rachel shares techniques she has researched and learned to provide structured improvisations (contemporary) and a freestyle environment (urban styles). Every class is different, building skills consistently, but in different ways. Dancers develop skills around body-awareness and perception, along with awareness of space and people around them. Through group improvisations, working in small groups and pairs, the class focuses on moving, expressing through movement and, of course, having fun! This class is suitable for boys and girls of any ability. Saturdays from 25 March - 17 June 2017 (excl bank hols) 1pm-2pm Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €65.00 for 10-week term Teacher: Rachel Sheil Rachel graduated with a BA Hons (First) in Voice and Dance from the University of Limerick, specialising in Contemporary Dance. An international teacher and choreographer, Rachel has taught throughout Ireland, England and the US, and has numerous TV appearances to her credit, both nationally and internationally, performing commercial and contemporary material, including the GAA All-Star Awards. Rachel has just completed her Masters in Dance Performance at UL. **This class is full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to go on the waiting list for next term. Please include your name, contact tel, name of child and date of birth. Thank you everyone for your interest in our Dance Club for 9-14s!
**Places for the forthcoming term are currently being offered to those on the waiting list. Please see below.** Modern and jazz styles combine in this introduction to movement and music from around the world. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence and strength. Teacher: Kristyn Fontanella is a choreographer and performer from the US. She holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL, as well as a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Central Connecticut State University. Kristyn has toured internationally for over 10 years with many high profile dance shows including Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Trinity Irish Dance Company, On Eagle’s Wings, Beyond the Bog Road (with Eileen Ivers) and Gaelforce Dance (lead role). A certified dance teacher (TCRG) with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha since 2009, Kristyn is delighted to be sharing the art form of dance with younger generations here in Limerick City and is excited to see where their creativity will take them. Saturdays 25 March - 17 June 2017 (excl bank hols) 12pm-12:45pm Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €65.00 for 10-week term **Places for next term will go to current participants first. Any remaining places will be offered to the waiting list on a first come first served basis** If you would like to be added to the waiting list, or to join our mailing list to receive notification of future classes, please email your details to email@example.com Please include your name and contact tel, as well as your child's name and age. Thank you everyone for your interest in our Dance Club for 5-8s!
**Places for the forthcoming term are currently being offered to those on the waiting list for this class. Please see below.** In this introduction to creative movement, you and your little dancer will explore your imaginations to enhance creativity, co-ordination and rhythm. Classes include movement collaboration with music and imaginative play, as well as a chance for tots to practice dancing with their friends. Parents/guardians will also love participating with their tiny dancers! Teacher: Rachel Sheil Rachel graduated with a BA Hons (First) in Voice and Dance from the University of Limerick, specialising in Contemporary Dance. An international teacher and choreographer, Rachel has taught throughout Ireland, England and the US, and has numerous TV appearances to her credit, both nationally and internationally, performing commercial and contemporary material, including the GAA All-Star Awards. Rachel has just completed her Masters in Dance Performance at UL. **Saturdays from 25 March - 17 June 2017 (excl bank hols) 11am-11:45am Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €65 for 10-week term **Places for next term will go to current participants first. Any remaining places will be offered to the waiting list on a first come first served basis** If you would like to be added to the waiting list, or to join our mailing list to receive notification of future classes, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your name and contact tel, as well as your child's name and date of birth. Thank you for your interest in our Dance Club for Tots!
**This class is full. There is a waiting list for next term. Please see below.** Designed to give our youngest dancers a head start, this Dance Club for Tots explores movement through music, stimulating imagination and promoting creativity, while participating with a parent/caregiver. This lively class explores moving as a group, telling stories through movement, rhythm exercises and improvisation. Time is spent learning to follow directions as well as free expression time which allows Tots to explore and develop co-ordination, all while having fun! Teacher: Fiona Marie Booth Fiona is a voice and dance artist/teacher based in Limerick. She graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with an MA in Festive Arts and a BA (Hons) in Voice and Dance, specialising in contemporary dance. Fiona has gained considerable experience internationally, having studied Kinesiology at California State University where she practised jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance, and having taught at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York as part of Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. More recently, Fiona has been teaching and performing both music and dance in Limerick City. **Saturdays from 25 March - 17 June 2017 (excl bank hols) 10am-10:45am | Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €65 for 10-week term **Places for next term will go to current participants first. Any remaining places will be offered to the waiting list on a first come first served basis** If you would like to be added to the waiting list, or to join our mailing list to receive notification of future classes, please email your details to email@example.com Please include your name and contact tel, as well as your child's name and date of birth. Thank you for your interest in our Dance Club for Tots!
Thursdays 2pm-3.15pm €5 per class Venue: Dance Limerick, 1-2 John's Square The emphasis with these classes is on having fun! Participants will learn new moves and enjoy social dancing. Dancing is great for mobility, exercise, developing your own creativity, expressing yourself and making new friends. Come by yourself or bring a friend - We look forward to seeing you. Teacher: Kristyn Fontanella To book: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or call: (061) 400994 Or just come along any Thursday at 2pm.
Want to dance? Meet new friends? Limerick Youth Dance meets: Wednesdays (from 18 January 2017), 6pm-8pm Dance Limerick Studio 1-2 John's Square, Limerick For 15-25yrs - New members welcome! Limerick Youth Dance is a great opportunity for young people who have a passion for dance to develop as a dancer, to create new dance pieces and to perform on stage and screen. Interested? Let us know by emailing email@example.com / 061 400994. Joining Limerick Youth Dance means… - making a commitment to be part of a dance ensemble, a group of people dedicated to dance projects - participating in weekly workshops - meeting other young dancers Term Dates: 18 January - 22 March 2017 Fee Per Term: €110.00 Teacher: Angie Smalis trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in her home country of Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Volksoper Wien. Angie relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. She is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of contemporary dance artists with intellectual disabilities. Angie is also a proud mother of 5! Image credit: Lucy Dawson Film credit: Limerick Youth Dance film "Stoixeia/Elements", created by LYD members in Spring-Summer 2015, filmed by Dominik Kosicki. Stoixeia/Elements received a Special Mention in the Outstanding Student Work Award category at the Light Moves 2015 Festival Awards, and reached the final of Fresh Film Festival 2016. Click on video link to view the film (10 mins)
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