Learn, Train and Join in

Contemporary Dance Classes for adults. Photo by Don Moloney
Contemporary Dance Classes
Book : Tue 04 May '21 to Tue 08 Jun '21

These Contemporary Dance Classes are suitable for both beginners and those with experience in Contemporary Dance. The classes will help develop your creativity and technique through energetic and challenging phrases (sequences) and varied exercises. The aim of these classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease.

Class Format

Class will begin with light stretching, or somatic exercises. You will then learn some contemporary exercises to warm up the body and will work on learning choreography. You will incorporate techniques learned throughout class. Class will round off with a warm down to finish. 

About Teacher Angie Smalis

Angie trained and worked  professionally as a dance artist in Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Viennese Opera (VolksOper Wien). She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. She is an independent contemporary dance artist, Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre, and Founder and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of dance artists with intellectual disabilities under the auspices of The Daughters of Charity Service, Limerick.

Notice: Before booking a class please read our: Important Information | You Will NeedDisclaimer | Dance Limerick at Home Safety Checklist

Important Information

These online classes take place live on Zoom with the option of watching a recording of the class if you missed it

​You will receive an email at least 1 hour before the class starts, with details of how to access the online class including the Zoom link. If you do not receive an email, please contact emer@dancelimerick.ie.

​You Will Need

- A device with access to the internet and audio, placed on a table/chair at eye level. We recommend a laptop or computer if possible as it means you will see the other participants as well as the teacher. - A clear space to move in, free of movable furniture and all other hard objects
- The best floor surfaces are carpet, lino or wood, dancing on ceramic kitchen tiles or concrete is to be avoided please! 
- Comfortable Clothes you can move in 

Disclaimer

When participating in our online classes at home, you are doing so at your own risk. Dance Limerick cannot be held responsible or liable for any injury to yourself, or damage to any personal property that may occur. We have put together a checklist to help minimise risk to yourself and those around you.

For more info email info@dancelimerick.ie.

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Female dancer in a black dress standing on one leg
PROFESSIONAL CLASS WITH ANGIE SMALIS
Book : Wed 21 Apr '21 to Wed 12 May '21

Limerick dance artist Angie Smalis joins us to lead the next series on Professional Morning Classes online.

Angie says about her class: 

I will invite participants to join me in my ongoing exploration of the narrative potential of dance. My personal interest in memories, stories, people and places lies in the ethical imagination that every story asks for, within which the limitations of “persona” can be explored and provoked. Through improv tasks, I will guide participants to develop and create a series of movement studies, generated by their own idiosyncrasies.

About Angie Smalis

Angie trained and worked  professionally as a dance artist in Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Viennese Opera (VolksOper Wien). She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. She is an independent contemporary dance artist, Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre, and Founder and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of dance artists with intellectual disabilities under the auspices of The Daughters of Charity Service, Limerick.

Angie’s work focuses on developing a methodology to express contemporary and universal concerns, through a character/place-based dance vocabulary, in collaboration with American Performing Artist, Colin Gee.

Angie proposes a new use of narrative in character-based dance and an opportunity to engage with novelistic storytelling technique, through movement.  Her interest in the narrative potential of dance is to explore how the limitations of “persona” can be shown and to provoke the kind of ethical imagination a story addresses. Recent research into “performed persona” and place-based narrative has explored public and private morality, and beauty as an expression of the sublime.

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Ballet for Improvers. PHOTO BY IIONA VIRGIN
Ballet for Improvers
Book : Wed 05 May '21 to Wed 09 Jun '21

This class is suitable for people with recent ballet experience. The class promotes fitness, good posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and rhythm. The class will take the form or a traditional structured class consisting of a warm up, barre and centre exercises.

We also offer a Ballet for Beginners class, more info here.

About the Teacher Patricia Crosbie 

Born in Cork, Patricia Crosbie was a member of Irish National Ballet Company for 6 years, dancing leading roles in many of the classics, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Cinderella. Patricia was a principle with London Ballet Theatre and Vienna Festival Ballet.

She toured worldwide with the renowned rock band, The Kinks, choreographing and performing in their concerts. Patricia taught ballet, pointe work, classical repertoire and jazz ballet on the Diploma in Dance course at Cork’s College of Further Education (CSN) for 12 years. Patricia is Ballet Mistress with Cork City Ballet for whom she has choreographed many ballets, including her critically acclaimed, full-length, ballet of J M Syng’s The Playboy of the Western World. She has conducted workshops and Masterclasses for Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Irish National Youth Ballet, Cork Youth Ballet, Cork School of Dance and Plan Be Movement among others.

Patricia is Ballet Tutor on the MA and BA Dance courses at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

Notice: Before booking a class please read our: Important Information | You Will Need | Disclaimer | Dance Limerick at Home Safety Checklist

Important Information

These online classes take place live on Zoom with the option of watching a recording of the class if you missed it

​You will receive an email at least 1 hour before the class starts, with details of how to access the online class including the Zoom link. If you do not receive an email, please contact emer@dancelimerick.ie.

​You Will Need

- A device with access to the internet and audio, placed on a table/chair at eye level. We recommend a laptop or computer if possible as it means you will see the other participants as well as the teacher. - A clear space to move in, free of movable furniture and all other hard objects
- A chair for balance
- The best floor surfaces are carpet, lino or wood, dancing on ceramic kitchen tiles or concrete is to be avoided please! 
- Comfortable Clothes you can move in 

Disclaimer

When participating in our online classes at home, you are doing so at your own risk. Dance Limerick cannot be held responsible or liable for any injury to yourself, or damage to any personal property that may occur. We have put together a checklist to help minimise risk to yourself and those around you.

For more info email info@dancelimerick.ie.

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Ballet for Beginners. Photo by Iiona Virgin
Ballet for Beginners
Book : Wed 05 May '21 to Wed 09 Jun '21

This class is an introduction to the world of ballet. You will learn ballet positions and patterns, and gain knowledge around popular ballet styles. 

The class promotes fitness, good posture, balance, flexibility and coordination. 

About Teacher Laura Macken: Laura Macken trained at The Irish National College of Dance and joined Dublin City Ballet as a student member at the age of 15. Dancing with the company for several years Laura danced corps de ballet and solo roles in ballets such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, and Gisele. Laura teaches company classes and has worked as rehearsal director for John Scott Dance, she has assisted with John’s work on Step Up dance project in 2013 and 2018, as well as his work with students at the University of Limerick.

Notice: Before booking a class please read our: Important Information You Will Need Disclaimer | Dance Limerick at Home Safety Checklist

We also offer a Ballet for Improvers class, more info here.

Important Information

These online classes take place live on Zoom with the option of watching a recording of the class if you missed it.

​You will receive an email at least 1 hour before the class starts, with details of how to access the online class including the Zoom link. If you do not receive an email, please contact emer@dancelimerick.ie.

​You Will Need

- A device with access to the internet and audio, placed on a table/chair at eye level. We recommend a laptop or computer if possible as it means you will see the other participants as well as the teacher. - A clear space to move in, free of movable furniture and all other hard objects
- The best floor surfaces are carpet, lino or wood, dancing on ceramic kitchen tiles or concrete is to be avoided please! 
- Comfortable Clothes you can move in 

Disclaimer

When participating in our online classes at home, you are doing so at your own risk. Dance Limerick cannot be held responsible or liable for any injury to yourself, or damage to any personal property that may occur. We have put together a checklist to help minimise risk to yourself and those around you.

For more info email info@dancelimerick.ie.

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Photo by Shane Vaughan
Over 50s Dance Classes
Book : Thu 21 Jan '21 to Thu 27 May '21

Do you enjoy dancing? Would you like to try something new? Come join The High Kicks of Limerick, an ensemble of dancers aged 50+ led by Kristyn Fontanella. Learn new moves and enjoy a social dance, the emphasis with these classes is on wellbeing and having fun. These classes will help improve mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels. No upper age limit and no experience necessary. All abilities and all people are welcome.

If you would like more information on our ongoing Over 50s Dance Project, please email info@dancelimerick.ie.

Notice: Before booking a class please read below our: Important Information | You Will Need | Disclaimer | Dance Limerick at Home Safety Checklist

Important Information

These online classes take place live on Zoom.

​You will receive an email at least 1 hour before the class starts, with details of how to access the online class including the Zoom link. If you do not receive an email, please contact emer@dancelimerick.ie.

​You Will Need

- A device with access to the internet and audio, placed on a table/chair at eye level. We recommend a laptop or computer if possible as it means you will see the other participants as well as the teacher. - A clear space to move in, free of movable furniture and all other hard objects.
- The best floor surfaces are carpet, lino or wood, dancing on ceramic kitchen tiles or concrete is to be avoided please! 
- Comfortable Clothes you can move in.

Disclaimer

When participating in our online classes at home, you are doing so at your own risk. Dance Limerick cannot be held responsible or liable for any injury to yourself, or damage to any personal property that may occur. We have put together a checklist to help minimise risk to yourself and those around you.

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OPEN FUTURES 2021 OPEN CALL
OPEN FUTURES 2021 OPEN CALL
Mon 28 Jun '21 to Sat 03 Jul '21

Studio Light Moves is an initiative of the Light Moves Festival of Screendance, aimed at investing in and nurturing creative process and inquiry in dance, technology and screen-based dance practices. In partnership with Dance Limerick, The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre UL, Studio Light Moves is delighted to announce its 2021 development programme, Open Futures.

Open Futures 2021 is a test ground and critical exchange residency-based platform for dance artists and media artists interested in collaborating to explore the intersection of dance with media and screen-based practices. The project will enable 8 artists, consisting of 4 collaborating pairs, from the fields of dance and the digital arts, to investigate and explore the potential for interdisciplinary exchange that encompasses practices for the stage, gallery, installation, and outdoor settings. With an emphasis on creative process, the project will facilitate experimentation and exploration of methods and approaches. This process will occur within a mentored and technically supported environment.

Applications are welcomed from individuals or proposed duo partnerships between a dance artist and a media artist at any career stage. Successful individual applications will be matched with corresponding partners.

Open Futures 2021 is designed around a two-week creative process residency for 4 dance and media artist pairs, peer exchange and facilitated discussions with practitioners working in dance and technology and a €5K continuity bursary awarded to one selected artist pair to continue beyond the residency period.

Open Futures 2021 supports dance artists and media artist’s time, space, and equipment to work in collaboration over 2 weeks. Applicants may either propose their own collaborator or request to be partnered with one working in their area(s) of interest. (In this instance Light Moves and consultants will match collaborators in relationship to interest and experience.)

Open Futures 2021 aims to focus on collaborations in between dance and digital media practices including: video mapping, real-time image capture and/or generation, motion sensors, cinematography, coding, immersive video, game engines, real-time/interactive sound, generative audio and moving image installation methods. Applicants will be asked to describe the area(s) they wish to explore, what access to the related technologies and software they already have to hand and to specify what may be additionally required for this research process. It is anticipated media artists will have access to their own laptop and related software. All dance genres are welcomed.

Open Futures 2021 residency artists are encouraged to build a relationship with Light Moves Festival and residency artists will participate in sharing their experiences arising from their exploration at the Festival event hosted in September 2021. Following this event, a €5,000 continuity bursary will be awarded to one artist or artist pair to act as a spring-board towards further developing their work and to aid in acquiring funding.

Closing Friday 5 March. 

For Full Open Call info and Application Details see lightmoves.ie.

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Important Updates for Visiting Dance Limerick

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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