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: firstname.lastname@example.org | (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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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!
**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 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!
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 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)
Fri 2 December | 11am-12.30pm Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) €7/€5 Dance artist Sarah Cerneaux will lead a professional class at Dance Limerick on Thursday 2nd December, prior to her performance that night with Liz Roche Dance Company in Bastard Amber at the Lime Tree Theatre. The class is open to professional dancers and advanced level students. Please email email@example.com to reserve your place. About Sarah Cerneaux: Sarah Cerneaux started street dancing at the age of 17 in France. Having completed her degree, she moved to Paris and continued her training, studying with teachers such as Corinne Lanselle, Carolyn Carlson, Julyen Hamilton and Junior Almeida. Since then she has worked with Abou Lagraa Company, D.A.D.R Company and Vincent Mantsoe Company. Sarah moved to London in 2014 and began working with Liz Roche Company and Akram Khan Company London. Photo: Luca Truffarelli
Wednesdays, 6pm-7.30pm Dance Limerick Studio 16 Nov - 14 Dec Limerick Dance Collective, a group of professional dance artists based in Limerick, are hosting a series of Open Labs on Wednesday evenings at Dance Limerick Studio. Open to experienced movers, the purpose of these labs is to facilitate movement exploration and peer to peer exchange. A different member of Limerick Dance Collective will lead each session, guided by their own choreographic inquiries and investigations. Dancers who participate in the labs may become part of performances in the future. Wed 16 Nov: Lucy Dawson Wed 23 Nov: Kristyn Fontanella Wed 30 Nov: Isabella Oberländer Wed 7 Dec: Lucy Dawson Wed 14 Dec: Micheal Rowsome
Tues 01 Nov - Tues 6 Dec (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: Mary Nunan Mary Nunan is a contemporary dance artist/choreographer, performer and teacher. She started her professional career as a member of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86) and went on to become a founder member and Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick from 1988-1999. During this period she created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies for the company. Mary was Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL from 1999-2016. She is a very experienced teacher who has taught extensively, nationally and internationally, in a range of contexts. Mary enjoys teaching at every level – from beginners to professional master classes. **This class is full. If you would like to go on a waiting list/mailing list for future classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, contact tel and the class you're interested in.
The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education, which enhances our innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. During class you'll be guided through gentle yet novel movement patterns - you'll usually be lying on the floor, sometimes sitting. Through engaging your curiosity, sensing yourself and using your imagination you'll learn how to increase the ease and range of your movements. This process can alleviate muscular tension and pain and improve your posture, flexibility and co-ordination. This will have an effect on your vitality, your self-image and how you act in your everyday life. Benefits also include improved performance in activities such as running, swimming, dancing, playing an instrument and singing. These classes are for adults of all ages and movement abilities. Please bring a mat or blanket and wear layers of warm clothing. Kate Hilder is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner who completed her teacher training in Sussex in the UK. She has a background in physical theatre, which she teaches and performs across Europe. She has recently moved to Ireland and is currently teaching dancers and singers at the University of Limerick.
Sat 8 Oct: 1pm-7pm & Sun 9 Oct: 11am-5pm Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) Fee for the weekend: Early Bird Rate €100 before 25 July Standard Rate: €140/€120 (unwaged) Seeking fluidity in the softening of Flowing Seeking clarity in the beat of Staccato Seeking freedom in the release of Chaos Seeking delight in the beauty of Lyrical Seeking peace in the aliveness of Stillness To book, email Jenny Fahy at: email@example.com Tel: +353 (0)86 3123429 For further details, see Jenny Fahy website (link on right) or the Facebook page for this event (link on right) Alex Mackay is a dancer and artist, who is known for light and depth in her teaching, using few well-chosen words, and opening a sense of wonder. She is embodied, energetic and creative, and loves to dance with the group. She is strongly connected to the birthplace of her teaching in Manchester and Liverpool, where community continues to spring from the 5 Rhythms classes there, 20 years later. Gabrielle Roth called her Raven Sister. Joseph Caswell is a dazzling musician who has played music for 5 Rhythms for many years on unique percussion rigs and instruments from all around the world. He has played for Gabrielle Roth and Jonathan Horan. Playing music professionally since the age of 13, he has also investigated ancient tunes and sounds and made instruments himself. Alex and Joe create transformative events with the pulse of the city and out in the wilds. They live in the woods of West Wales with their rock’n’roll son and their feisty pixie daughter.
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