Wed 15 Jun '16

Vocal Magic: Creating and Healing with Voice Sat 30 July 2016 10:00hrs – 17:00hrs Workshop Fee: €50 / €30 (unwaged/student) To book, click link on right. Vocal Magic is a full day vocal workshop with acclaimed international performer, singer, author and priestess Andrea Goodman. Situated in the beautiful Dance Limerick Space (St John’s Church) this workshop is suitable for singers, performance artists, theatre practitioners and anyone with an interest in using the voice within the context of ritual and healing. The workshop will cover: - Exercises and demonstrations in vocal technique, intuitive singing, and sound-healing; - Understanding archetypal song, sound as metaphor, intention as creative muse; - Experiencing the voice as a channel of healing and transformation; - Exploring the fine line between theatre and ritual. About Andrea Goodman: Andrea Goodman is one of the original singers in the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, appearing in theatre and concerts world-wide from 1974 to 1991. She appeared in the films "Ellis Island" and "Book of Days”, Peter Greenaway's "Four American Composers" and five Meredith Monk albums, including "Dolmen Music" and "Turtle Dreams." Living in Maine since 1989, Andrea works with Figures of Speech Theatre as singer, composer, music director, actress and puppeteer, most recently singing David Lang's "Little Match Girl Passion" for an exquisite theatrical production of the story, presented at Bates College. Andrea also performs, with Anna Dembska, as Music of a New Frequency, an improvisational duo. Andrea recently sang in the opera-in-progress, "The Nubian Word for Flowers" by author Ione and composer Pauline Oliveros, and previously in their opera "Io and Her". Andrea has taught voice internationally, privately and in workshops, for 38 years, including in Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland. Over the last 26 years, she has developed Cosmic Harmony, a class to transmit and facilitate vocal sound healing and the free flow of intuitive singing. An ordained minister/priestess since 1998, she is the founder of Ruby-Throated Spirit, Sanctuary, Studio and Labyrinth, where she offers weddings and other ceremonies, retreats, voice lessons, sound healing, astrology and Tarot. Her CD, "Divine Doorways," in collaboration with percussionist Gerry Hemingway, features improvisations on Tarot archetypes. Andrea’s book, Lightning Holds My Hand, A Woman's Journal of Guidance (2008), was referred to as “A illuminate the dark night of the soul.” (Donna Henes). Her poetry and essays, including monthly astrological messages, appear in anthologies and journals. This event is subsidised by the Limerick Grants Award and is hosted by Ceara Conway, Artist in Residence. Further info from

Tue 07 Jun '16

Wed 08 June 2016, 10am-11:30am Canadian choreographer Lin Snelling and Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools will lead a professional class at Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) on Wednesday 8th June from 10am-11:30am. Lin and Guy are in Dance Limerick for a two-week artist residency. Their improvised performance practice Rewriting Distance creates a space for the word 'story' to be condensed, fragmented and re-told through cycles of dancing, speaking, reading, writing and watching. In Limerick they are working with choreographer/dancer Mary Nunan, singer Oscar Mascarenas, poet Jo Slade and dance artist/filmmaker Mary Wycherley. Professional classes are offered at Dance Limerick by visiting artists as part of their residency and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students.

Tue 07 Jun '16

Dance Classes for all ages are ongoing at Dance Limerick. Contemporary Dance for Adults Tuesdays 6pm | €60 for six weeks, begins 20 Sept 2016 Ballet for Adults Thursdays 6pm | €60 for six weeks, begins 22 Sept 2016 Dance Club for Tots* Saturdays 10am & 11am *Classes are full - Email to go on our waiting list for September. Dance Club for 5-8yrs** Saturdays 12 noon **Class is full - Email to go on our waiting list for September. Dance Club for 9-14yrs*** Saturdays 1pm **Class is full - Email to go on our waiting list for September. Limerick Youth Dance For 15-25yrs Saturdays 2pm-4pm from 24 September Auditions for new term: Sat 10 Sept, 2pm Click link below for audition application form Hip Hop for Adults with Rachel Sheil Thursdays 7.30pm Email Kundalini Yoga with Tricia McGlacken Ryan Fridays 6pm Email 5Rhythms Movement Meditation with Jenny Fahy Saturdays on a monthly basis (see link for dates) Email Photo credit: Alan Place

Tue 31 May '16

Thursdays from 09 June 7.30pm-8.30pm Dance Limerick Studio, John's Square €10 per class This open level class is for anyone who wants to have fun to great music and meet new people. The class focuses on a re-connection to social dancing, learning how to groove and learning Hip-Hop technique from several different styles of Street Dance. This is the perfect class for you if you want to let go of the outside world and get lost in one of the most funky and popular dance styles in the world! About Rachel Sheil: Rachel has been teaching for over six years and is currently completing her MA in Dance Performance at UL. She has taught Hip-Hop in Ireland, the UK and San Francisco and has also been successful in several Irish Intervarsity competitions. She hopes to continue her passion here in Limerick and share all the knowledge she has accumulated. Further details:

Mon 30 May '16

Two classes available: Thursdays | 4.45pm-6pm | 6pm-7.15pm Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €12 per class / €60 for a dance card (6 classes) A very popular class at Dance Limerick, this class is suitable for complete beginners or for those who took classes as a child, so little or no experience is required. This ballet class works on developing posture, flexibility, musicality, balance and movement co-ordination while learning 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. Thursdays | 4.45pm-6pm | 6pm-7.15pm Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €12 per class / €60 for a dance card (6 classes)

Mon 30 May '16

Contemporary Dance Class continues every Tuesday until 21 June at Dance Limerick Studio, 6pm. This class aims to introduce contemporary dance with an emphasis on building strength, alignment and flexibility. Participants will learn a mixture of methods and dance techniques in order to experience a wider range of exercises that improve posture and encourage expression. “I had forgotten how much fun it was to just dance until I joined in the Tuesday night classes” (Class Participant) Tuesdays until 21 June 2016 | 6pm-7.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €12 per class Teacher: Angie Smalis Angie Smalis studied contemporary dance and choreography at the State School of Dance in her native Greece before joining the Viennese Folk Opera (Volks Oper Wien) in 2001. She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to work as a dance artist with Daghdha Dance Company. In addition to working as an independent contemporary dance artist, Angie is also Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre, director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of dance artists with intellectual disabilities currently in residency at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, and leader of Limerick Youth Dance, based at Dance Limerick. Angie has received funding for her own work from the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, the Mid-West Regional Authority and Limerick City and County Council.

Tue 17 May '16

Following the open call for films, the third international Light Moves Festival of Screendance Symposium announces its open call for papers and presentations. The symposium sits within a festival and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text. Proposals are invited from practitioners and scholars for max. 20-minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome. SYMPOSIUM THEME The theme for the 2016 symposium is Identity in Focus – Body, Site and Frame. It invites considerations on the nature of identity in the fields of screendance, film, dance and media and their relationship to wider fields of study in the context of this theme. Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas: • Urban and rural identities | boundaries and borders • Identity (per) forming: age, gender and culture • Contexts | fluid possibilities • Landscapes: environmental and geo-political • Seeing screendance… identifying with… identity beyond… • Dancing in the frame • Our identity in relation | otherness • Embodying history: renewal / appropriation / archive • Locating bodies in fragmented space and time • Bodies, galleries and cinematic works exhibited • Identity in sound and site • Image identity / movement identity SUBMISSIONS Proposals for presentations/papers should be emailed to: Deadline: Thursday 7th July 2016. (Note: submissions in advance of deadline date welcomed) Please submit in .doc/.docx format only. Proposals should be no more than 300 words and must include: • The title of your presentation • A maximum 300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how) • Your preferred presentation format/approach • A short biography and high res headshot (jpeg) for print programme • AV requirements • Website links that support your proposal, where appropriate Click file below for printable version of Open Call.

Thu 12 May '16

Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, Rosemary Butcher has had to cancel her talk scheduled for Limerick City Gallery of Art on Friday May 13. We regret any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause.

Mon 25 Apr '16

Sunday 15 May | 3pm Dance Limerick (St John's Church), John's Square Adm free | All welcome Since early April, an enthusiastic gathering of people aged 50+ have been meeting at Dance Limerick to learn new moves and create their own dance phrases. Inspired by famous films, classic scenes and iconic movie stars, and led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, Here’s Looking at You, Kid is now going public! Come along and celebrate life, laughter and dance with our wonderful new movers. Admission is free, all welcome. See you at the church! Here's Looking at You, Kid is a partnership project between Dance Limerick and CoisCéim Broadreach.

Mon 25 Apr '16

Thurs 16 June | 8pm Ella Clarke Choreography presents '42', a brief personal examination of how a dancer becomes an artist. Part biography, part history exposition, a kind of TED talks dance. “I have attempted in creating this performance to understand what has made me the artist I am, why I love chaos but only if it’s ordered, and what use will it all be when the plane goes down in flames”.

Tue 19 Apr '16

Application Deadline: Tuesday 3 May Auditions: Wednesday 25 May Project Dates: 2-27 August 2016 Performances: 24, 25, 26, 27 August Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. In its sixth year, Step Up 2016 is delighted to announce an expanded programme of training, rehearsals, performance and personal development for six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland. This new expanded programme includes the following elements: - Creation & Performance - Repertory Programme - Dancers as Entrepreneurs - Personal Development Creation & Performance The creation and performance of a new dance piece by Choreographer Lea Anderson (UK). The rehearsal / performance period will run from 2 - 27 August. Dancers will reside at UL during the rehearsal period, using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy. Accommodation will be provided and participants will receive an honorarium for their involvement to assist with travel and living expenses. Performances will take place on 25, 26 and 27 August at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in Dublin respectively. Further information about Lea Anderson is available at The Repertory Programme - Learning and Performing Repertory: This new addition to the programme enables Step Up dancers to work with professional artists 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) with a prominent Irish choreographer and one other choreographer (either national or international, to be announced shortly). 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. Dancers as Entrepreneurs: Increasingly, independent dancers and dance artists are required to work in an entrepreneurial fashion, initiating opportunities for themselves and managing their own projects. This programme will run over 1-2 days in January 2017. Sample topics may include: • Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications • Writing funding applications / writing about your work • Producing a project / show At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for initiating and managing their own projects. Personal Development: In 2016, Step Up aims to facilitate further opportunity for the professional development of young dancers. This element of the Step Up programme offers a menu of options. Participants may choose one element from the sample menu below, or may initiate an area of their own in which they wish to develop. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations. Sample menu of options: • Working with an artist-in-residence to deliver a particular aspect of the artists’ local programme. • Working with a company during their 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 Dublin Dance 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. We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2016 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 web link of recent dance footage, along with a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to be involved in the project. Please include an indication of your availability to participate in the whole programme. Please e-mail applications by the deadline 5pm, Tuesday 3 May to with Step Up Application in the subject line. A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition on Wednesday 25 May. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2016 programme. Letters of offer will be sent immediately following the audition. Step Up: Dance Project, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick. For any questions about the application process, please contact Jenny Traynor at or on 061 467813. Click on link below for printable version of this Open Call.

Tue 19 Apr '16

Light Moves festival of screendance has announced its Open Call for Film Submissions for this year’s festival, which takes place in Limerick from 3-6 November 2016. Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions should be made via the festival website Closing date: Friday 27 May 2016. Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call. Click on links below for full details, terms and conditions. Works which will be considered 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. - Short films and video art to be presented on individual displays in a gallery/installation context. - Documentaries. - Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level. In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of cinematography and sound as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling will also be considered. While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process. Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves. The standard of work submitted by Irish and international practitioners since the festival began two years ago has been extremely high, so we’re very much looking forward to viewing this year’s entries. Filmmakers should note our earlier than usual deadline and make sure to have their entries with us by the 27th of May”. Light Moves is Ireland’s only festival dedicated to the art of dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme, and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival combines classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field. Light Moves is curated by Jurgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick. Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council, Dance Limerick and DMARC, University of Limerick. See Image: Still from Liquid Gold is the Air, by Roswitha Chesher & Rosemary Lee, winner of the Light Moves 2015 Festival Prize.



New Term of Adult Dance Classes at Dance Limerick!
Dance Class for 50+
Light Moves Festival of Screendance is back 2-5 Nov 2017
flying and falling - Kids Show

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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