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STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2018 - Participants Announced!
Thu 24 May '18

Step Up Dance Project, now in its seventh year, once again plays host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Following a national open call, shortlisted applicants were invited to audition and six dancers were selected to take part in the prestigious programme. The dancers selected are a mix of Irish natives who have travelled abroad to complete their training and seek work and dancers who have trained in Ireland and are now resident here. The selected dancers are Rocio Dominguez, Katrina Galvin, Mintesinot Getachew, Rebecca Lee, Evgenia Sizmina and Kathy Young. The participating dancers will rehearse at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick and at Dance Limerick. This year, the dancers will work under the direction of Catherine Young. Catherine is Artistic Director of her own company Catherine Young Dance. Her most recent work which have been highly acclaimed include State of Exception, Welcoming the Stranger, and Ultima Thule. In addition to creating new work, the dancers will reconstruct repertory work by John Scott and, with Daniel Squire, by Merce Cunningham. The three works by Young, Scott and Cunningham will form a triple bill programme to be performed at Dance Limerick, Cork, Galway and DanceHouse, Dublin. Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is an annual intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The specific elements of the programme include • Working with high profile choreographers to create new work • Working with Professional Dance Artists to enable the dancers in the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography • Development Workshops and Information Sessions • Independent Development / Study The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.

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Tue 08 May '18

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Percolate Residencies at Dance Limerick
Percolate Residencies 2019
Tue 24 Apr '18

Dance Limerick: Short-Term Residencies 2019 Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2019 at the studio, or the performance space, depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists in all genres for a period of two weeks. Aims The Residency aims to provide: - professional dance artists with space and support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work - the local professional dance community with opportunities for professional development The selection is competitive and artists will be selected on the basis of who we think can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the local dance community. Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to: a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick at the end of their residency b) engage local artists (through talks/ workshops/ performances or in the initiating new collaborative work with communities of place or interest) As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through debate/discussion with invited peers. About our Residencies Residencies may be for the following purpose(s) 1. Exploration, research, development and experimentation or 2. Taking an already developed idea to the next stage or 3. Rehearsal / production weeks toward premiering new work at Dance Limerick What Dance Limerick can provide • 2 weeks studio time • Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in studio apartments or artist-friendly houses. • A contribution of €150 per artist toward living costs – payable to the lead Applicant • Residency listing in our printed and on-line newsletter • Peer feedback / mentoring if required. In return, Dance Limerick requests the following: • That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency period • Interaction with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work • That you contribute a news item for our website • That the Dance Limerick logo be included on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency • Your feedback and suggestions for future residency opportunities Criteria for selection Applicants should demonstrate: • A close fit with the aims of the Residency • A proven track record in making and presenting dance work • A focus on new work that will be interesting / relevant within a local context and to local artists • The ways in which the residency will contribute to the artist’s development and to his/her work • A financial capacity to undertake the residency on the basis of what Dance Limerick can offer. • Feasibility, particularly within the context of the Artist’s and Dance Limerick's budgets NB Dance Limerick can put the Residency artist in contact with local dance artists if the residency research/work depends on the input of other artists. In such instances, the Residency Artist should be in a position to provide a small fee or stipend for the local artist. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of the above criteria by a selection panel. Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to jenny@dancelimerick.ie Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 8 June 2018

Open Submission for Films - Light Moves 2018
Open Submission for Films - Light Moves 2018
Mon 09 Apr '18

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our fourth festival taking place 8 – 11 November 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2018 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limeick, Ireland at venues across the city including Dance Limerick and Belltable. Submissions can be made via FilmFreeway.com Deadline (Extended): Monday 23 April 2018 Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered. To submit you film go to www.lightmoves.ie / for info email info@lightmoves.ie

DANCE CLASS EXPLOSION AT DANCE LIMERICK
Thu 08 Mar '18

*To book go to the 'WHAT'S ON' on the top right of this page and click on the 19 May on the calendar!* We all know that children love to Dance and here at Dance Limerick we have been delighted with the enthusiastic response to our Saturday Dance Clubs for Kids! DANCE CLUBS FOR KIDS FROM SAT 19 MAY 2018 Dance Club for Tots with Fiona - 2-4yrs | 10am-10:45am OR 11am-11:45am | €50 for 6 weeks 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! Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Celina | 12pm-12:45pm | €50 for 6 weeks 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. Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel | 1pm-2pm | €50 for 6 weeks 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. For queries call us on 061 467813 or email info@dancelimerick.ie

New Term of Dance Classes for Kids and Adults at Dance Limerick
Wed 07 Mar '18

*To book go to the WHAT'S ON section at the top of the page and select the date of the class on the Dance Limerick calendar.* ADULT DANCE CLASSES Contemporary Dance with Celina | From Tuesday 15 May | 6-7:15pm | €70 for 6 weeks Celina's class holds a dynamic structure: Classes include an introduction to floor-work, partner-work, and improvisation. With space to develop mind/body coordination as well as inner listening, students will be comfortable as first-time dancers or those coming back to movement after a long break. Each session builds on a movement sequence which is mastered by the end of the 6 week period. Celina facilitates a relaxing yet exciting environment where the body's natural intuition and playfulness will be explored and appreciated. Ballet for Beginners wit Rebeca | From Thursday 17 May | 7:30pm-8:45pm | €70 for 6 weeks 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. Ballet for Improvers with Rebeca | From Thursday 17 May | 6pm-7:15pm | €70 for 6 weeks 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. DANCE CLUBS FOR KIDS FROM SAT 19 MAY Dance Club for Tots with Fiona - 2-4yrs | 10am-10:45am OR 11am-11:45am | €50 for 6 weeks 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! Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Celina | 12pm-12:45pm | €50 for 6 weeks 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. Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel | 1pm-2pm | €50 for 6 weeks 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.

Light Moves 2018 Open Call Announced
Wed 31 Jan '18

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our fourth festival taking place 8 - 11 November 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2018 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limeick, Ireland at venues across the city including Dance Limerick and Belltable. Submissions can be made via FilmFreeway.com (see link to right) Deadline: Friday 20 April 2017 Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for films submitted via the Open Call. Works considered shall include: - Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context - Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context - Documentaries (please see terms and conditions) - Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on courses up to and including MA level degrees - Works for the cinematic context will be presented at scheduled screenings with the facility to screen in HD, up to 2.39 widescreen and in stereo or 5.1 surround sound. Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered. Please note: In 2018 Light Moves will curate installations by invitation only. Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation type submissions via the open call. For full details, including submission fees please read the Terms & Conditions prior to submitting your film. Queries regarding film submissions can be made via info@lightmoves.ie

Summer Youth Dance Projects
Summer Youth Dance Projects | 16-20 July | Dance Limerick
Tue 30 Jan '18

Go to the WHAT'S ON section at the top right of this page and click on any of the Summer Youth Dance Projects dates to Book! Summer Holidays | 16-20 July | €70 / €65 for a sibling 10am-1pm | 5-12yrs 2pm-5pm | 13yrs+ Dance Limerick are delighted to announce our Summer Youth Dance projects for ages 5-12yrs & 13yrs+. Each week long project runs from Monday 16 – Friday 20 July in our studio in John’s Square. The programme will take you on a journey of discovery, where you will work in a fun, creative and supportive environment with experienced hip hop and contemporary dancer Rachel Sheil. In Rachel's own words: ‘Come for oodles of dancing ending in a mini-performance at the end of the week! We will be exploring and learning two different styles a day: Jazz-Lyrical and Hip-Hop and will be learning choreography and exercises to your favourite songs. If you want to make new friends, learn something new and express yourself then come dance with us!’ You will learn to use movement as a form of expression and are encouraged to engage fully in the creation and formation of dance. The project will culminate with an informal performance at the end of each week. About the teacher: Rachel Sheil is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer based in Limerick City and a recent graduate of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, Irish World Academy. Rachel is experienced in contemporary dance and hip hop and is also influenced by K-Pop (Korean Pop) music and dance. All Dance Limerick’s teachers and assistants are Garda Vetted.

Daniel Squire
STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2018 - OPEN CALL
Tue 30 Jan '18

Step Up: Dance Project has announced its Open Call for recent dance graduates to apply for the 2018 programme. Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council. It aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The programme comprises of training, rehearsals, performance and personal development for six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The programme will enhance your professional networks by connecting you to the Irish contemporary dance community, thereby improving your professional opportunities in Ireland. This programme includes: 1. Creation and Performance of a new dance piece with Choreographer Catherine Young Catherine is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and a UK Bench Fellow. Her most recent works include 'Ultima Thule', 'Woman Stood Regardless' and 'Welcoming the Stranger' which opened the 2017 Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine. She is a guest lecturer/choreographer on the BA and MA programmes at the University of Limerick and has worked and studied with many international choreographers and companies including Nacera Belaza (Alg/Fr), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo BA Tereia Dance Company (Africa), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Shechter Company (UK). Catherine has been commissioned to create a new work with this year’s Step Up participants which will be performed in Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin. Further information about Catherine Young is available at www.catherineyoungdance.com. 2. Learning and Performing Repertory with Choreographers John Scott and Daniel Squire This element of Step Up enables dancers to work with two choreographers on the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography. Participants will gain an understanding of choreographic ideas and their historical context and will develop their technical and performance skills through different working practices, genres and techniques, resulting in a final public sharing. The Repertory Programme will take place over two weeks (12 days) from Monday 30 July to Saturday 11 August. In addition to the training, the Repertory Programme enables participants to work with choreographers beyond what would be available in a day-long workshop or audition, thereby facilitating a more embedded connection between choreographers and participants. In 2018, the two repertory pieces will be performed and toured in a mixed bill along with the newly commissioned. 3. Development Workshop and Information Sessions Increasingly, independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities and to manage their own projects. Running over 2 days in November, the workshop will include: • Meeting key personnel within the dance field in Ireland • Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications • Writing about your work At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path. 4. Independent Development / Study This element of Step Up facilitates further opportunity for your professional development. It offers a menu of options from which you may choose one element (see sample menu below). Alternatively, you may initiate a development area of your own. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations. • Working with an artist-in-residence to deliver a particular aspect of the artist’s local programme. • Working with a company during its research period towards the creation of a new dance piece. • Taking a series of classes or training opportunities at Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane or Dance Limerick. • Working with the Light Moves Festival in a developmental capacity. This might be on audience development, volunteer co-ordination etc. • Working with a mentor to develop critical writing skills with a view to reviewing dance performances. • Developing knowledge around working with socially engaged practice by participating in events or workshops organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. Time frame / Key Dates The full rehearsal / performance period for the creation of new work with Catherine Young and the Rep Artists, John Scott and Daniel Squire, will run from Monday 30 July – Saturday 8 September using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL initially, and then at Dance Limerick, before touring to Galway, Cork and Dublin 6-8 September. Terms & Conditions • Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00 pm daily Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Should additional hours in the evening be required, participants are expected to be available for these too. • Accommodation will be provided for the first part of rehearsals on campus at UL, and subsequently in artist friendly houses in the city for the second period of rehearsals. • Tour accommodation and tour travel as required, will be arranged and paid for by Step Up. • A stipend of €150 weekly will be paid to each participant • Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme. Applications We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2018 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years. Applicants must be born in, or resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique. Please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you would like to be involved in Step Up and confirming your availability for the full programme. Applicants should also send web links of recent live dance footage, to include: • 10 minutes of contemporary technique class material, ideally of you performing during the class in which you learnt it. If not, then footage of you performing the material outside of the class setting is also acceptable. • An excerpt of a solo (performed in a studio or live performance) • An excerpt of a group piece, in a studio or live performance • Please identify yourself clearly (in group footage) so we know who you are Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm Monday 5 March to stepupdanceproject@gmail.com with Step Up Application in the subject line. A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in Limerick in March. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2018 programme. Letters of offer will be sent immediately following the audition. Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at stepupdanceproject@gmail.com.

New Term of Kids and Adults Dance Classes at Dance Limerick
Tue 12 Dec '17

New year means new term of Dance Classes at Dance Limerick! **To book your place today go to our 'WHAT'S ON' section at the top of the page and click on the date of the class on our calendar** ADULT DANCE CLASSES - Contemporary Dance | From Tuesday 15 May | 6-7:15pm | €70 for 6 weeks The aim of these 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. - Ballet for Beginners | From Thursday 17 May | 7:30pm-8:45pm | €70 for 6 weeks 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. - Ballet for Improvers | From Thursday 17 May | 6pm-7:15pm | €70 for 6 weeks 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. DANCE CLUBS FOR KIDS FROM SAT 19 MAY - Dance Club for Tots - 2-4yrs | 10am-10:45am OR 11am-11:45am | €50 for 6 weeks 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! -Dance Club for 5-8yrs | 12pm-12:45pm | €50 for 6 weeks 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. -Dance Club for 9-14yrs | 1pm-2pm | €50 for 6 weeks 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. **To book your place today go to our 'WHAT'S ON' section at the top of the page and click on the date of the class on our calendar**

Mary Wycherley
Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018: Mary Wycherley
Mon 11 Dec '17

Mary Wycherley was announced as Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018 in June of this year. Mary is a dance artist whose work embraces live performance, choreography and film. In 2015 Mary was first appointed Limerick Dance Artist in Residence by the Arts Council of Ireland and has been the successful recipient of the position since then. The Dance Artist Residency scheme is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and is funded by the Arts Council. The residency is based at Dance Limerick’s impressive facilities for dance at John’s Square. As an artist, director, curator and educator, she has long been an advocate for innovative modes of presentation for dance and movement. Her work embraces live performance, choreography and film and has been presented at festivals and galleries throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. Her screendance feature film “In the Bell’s Shadow” premiered in 2015 and is being shown internationally including the Galway Film Fleadh, The Lighthouse Cinema and the American Dance Festival. Mary has forged ongoing collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Joan Davis, Mary Nunan, Jürgen Simpson and Yoshiko Chuma. She is a director and curator of Light Moves, Ireland’s first festival of screendance, and a guest lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. As part of her residency Wycherley is also co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance, a festival of dance, film and media arts held in Limerick every November. For updates on the residency keep an eye on our website and social media (see bottom of this page).

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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