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STEP UP OPEN CALL 2022

last: Fri 26 Nov '21

Open Call for Recent Dance Graduates/Recent Dance Professionals | Deadline Friday 26 November 2021

STEP UP is a project of professional development for recent dance graduates or equivalent early-career dance professionals. It aims to connect participants to the range of practices and practitioners that make up Ireland’s dance ecology and to the international networks of dance in which we operate. It is focused on developing artists as performers while recognising the creativity necessary in the performer’s work. Dance artists rely on a range of skills including technical competence, improvisational facility, the ability to process input from a variety of creative stimuli, alongside a capacity to perform and engage with audiences and publics in different circumstances. We’re hoping you’ll come with some of those skills and with an appetite to develop them further.

We’re looking for dancers born or resident in Ireland who graduated in 2019 or since then and who are interested in being part of a paid professional development programme. You’re also eligible if your professional dancing career has started since 2019, but you have come through other training routes that didn’t involve graduation. This is an opportunity for dancers in the early stages of their professional career. Previous Step Up participants who match the criteria above are eligible to apply again. We’re recruiting up to five dancers for this programme.

In 2022, the programme has three core elements and an optional fourth.

1. LOCAL: CREATION & PERFORMANCE OF NEW CHOREOGRAPHY

A Performance in Context project with choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir to develop a new work in Limerick.   Building on Fearghus’s work with communities of place and of interest, the dance-making will be supported by a process of reflection on the opportunities, challenges, ethics and aesthetics of dance-making in context or in collaboration with a community. This reflection will also include conversations with other choreographers and experienced performers to explore a range of approaches and to encourage you to think about what role you have as a dance artist when making work in this way.  

Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Choreographer (Ireland). Fearghus Ó Conchúir is Curator of the STEP UP Dance Project from 2022-24.  He is a dance artist who frequently collaborates with practitioners from other disciplines and is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world. www.fearghus.net.

2. INTERNATIONAL: LEARNING REPERTOIRE IRISH DANCE ARTISTS

Finola Cronin is Emeritus Assistant Professor in The School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.  Finola danced in Germany with Vivienne Newport in TAT Frankfurt, and with Pina Bausch in Wuppertal, and with many other choreographers including Raimund Hoghe in Düsseldorf and the Liz Roche Company in Dublin.  Finola’s workshop will focus on her involvement with German Tanztheater.

Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf is a Nigerian/Irish performer based between Dublin and Brussels. Trained mainly in dance and physical theatre, Mufutau regularly works with Brussels company Ultima Viz and is known to Irish artists and audiences through his work with Irish choreographer John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre and through his own choreography.  Mufutau will lead a workshop focusing on Ultima Vez repertoire which he has been involved in devising and how it relates to his own creative practice.

3. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Independent dance artists often have to make their own opportunities, to manage their careers and build networks.  The Personal Development aspect of the Step Up programme aims to give participants a broad toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path.  Activities will be arranged online and will include: 

Career skills - a series of workshops designed to support early career dancers in the practicalities of making a career in dance: topics will include self-employment, contracts, application writing, CV development.

Coaching – each participant will receive 2 x 45 minute sessions with a personal coach.

4. NATIONAL: COMPANY PLACEMENTS (Optional)

All five participants will have an opportunity to audition / interview for one of three paid placements. The placements will be offered by John Scott, Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall; and Liz Roche, Artistic Director of Liz Roche Dance Company. The placements will be for a paid two-week period during the Research and Development process for new work.

TIMEFRAME / KEY DATES

- Thursday 13 January 2022: Audition in Limerick
- Tuesday 19 April  – Saturday 28 May 2022: Training/Rehearsal/Performance
- Week commencing 6 June: 3 days Online Personal Development Activities
- September 2022 (dates tbc): 2 days Online Personal Development Activities

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Covid Protocols: Dance Limerick will operate all of the appropriate protocols necessary at the time of participation, to minimize risk of infection. In any event, participants will be housed in an apartment together and will operate as a bubble. Should it be necessary, we may ask you to limit your outside contacts for the duration of the contract.  This will be made clear prior to the start date.

Rehearsals: Take place in Limerick 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.  Different hours may be required in the lead up to the performance(s) but will not exceed the regular daily total.

Artists' Fee: Five selected dancers will receive a weekly fee of €650 over 7 weeks, along with accommodation for the period 18 April – 28 May. The fee is payable on receipt of two invoices. Participants will be responsible for their own living expenses, travel costs to and from Limerick, and for incidental travel while in Limerick.

Time Commitment: Participants must be available on an exclusive basis to take advantage of the full programme. We will agree the dates for the online personal development programme before you have to sign the contract.

APPLICATIONS

Please send your CV and a personal statement outlining your motivation to be involved in Step Up along with a weblink to a 1 minute improvisation.  Your personal statement can be written (100 words max.) or in video form (1 minute max. submitted as a weblink)

Applications should be submitted in one pdf, as an email attachment, to include cv, personal statement and weblink.  Please note individual video files and documents linked to Google drive cannot be accepted. 

CLOSING DATE

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26 November to stepupdanceproject@gmail.com with Step Up Application in the subject line.  

The programme is committed to equality of opportunity, supports and encourages under-represented groups and values diversity.  We guarantee an interview to any dancer with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the opportunity.   To be eligible for the guaranteed interview, you must have a disability or long term health condition which puts you at a significant disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping jobs. The disability could be physical, sensory or mental and expected to last for at least 12 months. You do not have to be registered as a disabled person to apply under this scheme. 

If you have additional access needs please get in touch with us at stepupdanceproject@gmail.com.

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Burrows and Fargion Workshop

last: Wed 17 Nov '21

Please read and be familiar with Dance Limerick's Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines before booking a class or event, find them here.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion invite you to share something of their long-standing practice together, drawing from musical forms to create  performance materials. The two-day workshop will focus on writing and performing musical scores, gestural sequences and short texts, looking at how to translate ideas and images from one medium to the next. Some experience of performance will be useful, but the workshop is open to people from all artistic backgrounds and interests.

For information on Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion's Double Bill Performance Rewriting / Science Fiction on 18 November click here.

About the Artists

Jonathan Burrows is a choreographer whose main focus is an ongoing body of pieces with  the composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he continues to perform around the world. The two  men are co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen and Sadler's Wells Theatre London. His A  Choreographer's Handbook is published by Routledge and has sold over 16,500 copies  internationally since its publication in 2010, as well as being translated into seven other  languages. Burrows is currently an Associate Professor at the Centre for Dance Research,  Coventry University. 

Matteo Fargion studied composition with composers Kevin Volans and Howard Skempton.  He has been a close collaborator of Jonathan Burrows for almost 30 years years, sharing  equally the conception, creation and performance of their work. He has also written  extensively for other choreographers, most notably his long association with Siobhan Davies,  and his recent collaboration with Norwegian artist Mette Edvardsen on her acclaimed pieces  Oslo (2017) and Penelope Sleeps (2019). He has also written music recently for Claire  Croizé's Flowers (We Are) (2019) as well as Andreas Spreafico's We have to dress gorgeously  (2019) and Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera (2021). 

Female hip hop dancer

Hip Hop for Adults

last: Tue 30 Nov '21

Please read and be familiar with Dance Limerick's Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines before booking a class or event, find them here.

Come join Hip-Hop for some high energy learning. In Rachel Sheil's class you'll be focusing on connecting to music, learning Hip-Hop foundation and choreography, and becoming comfortable with your bodies grooving.

After so much time away from dance, let's follow one of the best Hip-Hop principles: having fun and dancing together.

This is a beginners course and can cater for people who have never danced before, up to improver/intermediate level.

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP WITH SUNG IM HER

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP WITH SUNG IM HER

last: Sat 19 Jun '21

WHAT NEXT festival artist Sung Im Her leads a professional dance workshop, suitable for dance artists and advanced students. 

Return to Festival Calendar here.

About Sung Im Her

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Sung Im Her obtained a master’s degree in contemporary dance at Han-Sung University, worked with Ji-Gu dance theatre for six years and then moved to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S. (2004-2006). In 2006 and 2008 she worked with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn for the solo Quando l’uomo principale e une donna and the group work Je suis Sang. She joined Les ballets C de la B in 2008 to collaborate on and perform in Ashes. In 2009 Sung Im Her first collaborated with Needcompany for This door is too small (for a bear). Since then she collaborated as dancer, choreographer and choreographic director in many creations for both Grace Ellen Barkey and Jan Lauwers: The House of our Fathers (2010), Marketplace76 (2012), Mush-Room (2013), Odd but True (2013) and more.

In 2011, she joined physical theatre company Abattoir Fermé as performer on Monkey and later BUKO (2016) and Hotel Poseidon (2019). In 2016, she moved to London and was selected for Testbeds Catalyst, a year-long programme for mid-career artists. She developed ideas around global citizenship, borders and home. Her solo You Are Okay! (2017) includes live illustrations by So-mang Lee and attracted co-production support in Belgium, Korea, UK and Germany. In 2018 she was commissioned by Counterpoint Arts to create the site-specific work Human Wall for Refugee Week at the V&A Museum in London. Since then she developed two new works: NUTCRUSHER and W.A.Y, both commissioned by the Korean Arts Council and premiering in Seoul at the ARKO theatre in January and September 2019 respectively.

Woman weraing a green dress with her hands in the air

Lost, Found & Discovered: Professional Workshop with Philippa Donnellan

last: Fri 18 Jun '21

LOST, FOUND and DISCOVERED | Creating Dance Narratives

WHAT NEXT festival artist, and curator for DL.BRIDGE, Philippa Donnellan leads an online professional dance workshop, suitable for dance artists and advanced students.

This workshop offers guided exploration involving contemporary choreography, discussion and movement-based improvisation. A physically dynamic process, it invites people to tap into their memories and unlock their imaginations to reveal something LOST, FOUND and DISCOVERED – and from this to create personal choreographic narratives.

To find out more about Philippa's WOMEN & WORK, THE CONTRACT free taster workshop on Monday 14 June, here.

Return to Festival Calendar here.

Ballet for Beginners. Photo by Iiona Virgin

Ballet for Beginners

last: Wed 09 Jun '21

The current term is now underway, drop-in class rates available. If you would like to join the entire term at a discounted rate, please email info@dancelimerick.ie. Recordings of classes you missed are available. 

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.

Ballet for Improvers. PHOTO BY IIONA VIRGIN

Ballet for Improvers

last: Wed 09 Jun '21

The current term is now underway, drop-in class rates available. If you would like to join the entire term at a discounted rate, please email info@dancelimerick.ie. Recordings of classes you missed are available. 

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.

Female dancer in black trousers and grey vest, standing on one leg

National Dance Residency Partnership

last: Wed 05 May '21

Call for Expressions of Interest.

The National Dance Residency Partnership (NDRP) is a partnership between Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane and Galway Dance Project to provide a networked support to choreographers in the production of new dance work. By coming together, the partners acknowledge that our collective infrastructure and resources can go further and encourage more ambition in the dance sector.

Each partner will contribute financially and/or in-kind space to two choreographers, which will allow for up to six weeks rehearsal time across the country. Additional contributions will include accommodation support, and the time and support of artistic staff.

What is on offer?

We will support 2 choreographers/makers who have funding in place to develop new dance work in 2021 by offering:

- 6 weeks (non-consecutive) of studio space across our partner venues in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick. This can be arranged in blocks of 1 to 3 weeks at 2 or more locations.

- Financial investment of €3500 per choreographer/maker

- €1750 support towards accommodation expenses per choreographer/maker. (Accommodation provided in Cork.)

- Opportunities to share work in progress, if appropriate.

Who is this for?

We would like to hear from you if:

- You are researching and developing new work in 2021. We are keen for this to be an opportunity to invest deeply in incubating new ideas and innovative new work that would benefit from engaging with the partners and building contacts and networks across Ireland.

- Have additional financial support through existing funding, grants, or independent resources. This is a pilot project and the financial resource on offer is intended as a contribution toward offsetting some of the costs associated with the residency periods. We are keen to learn and to prove the concept of the partnership in order to build new resources for the future.

- Can engage with the timeline of the partnership. There is space available at various times between July and November, and some of this will be fixed and some flexible, depending on the location. We are open to working with the successful choreographers to make this work with their plans.

- Are willing to support the development of this partnership through sharing and evaluation. Artist-led engagement and connection between the partners is something we would like to explore. We are open to suggestions of how this can be achieved, and how this may impact the evaluation of the partnership.

Whilst this residency partnership is not focused on developing a work to full production, it may be possible to arrange for technical / production time at some venues. This could, for example, be used for testing production ideas, or for filming sections of work for publicity or showcasing. If you have an agreed performance date in Autumn/Winter 2021/22 do let us know.

How to apply:

The NDRP will be coordinated and administered by Dance Ireland, and representatives from each partner organisation will form a steering committee to support the programme, participate in the selection process and contribute to the future direction of the initiative.

Applications that meet the criteria outlined above will be shortlisted and considered by a panel including representatives from the partner organisations, and an independent artist representative.

To apply, please complete this expression of interest form HERE

Additional information, including budgets, CVs or other relevant documents should be emailed to: programme@danceireland.ie with the subject title: “NDRP [NAME OF APPLICANT] Supporting Documents”.

Should you require additional support or have access needs, please let us know by emailing: info@danceireland.ie or calling Dance Ireland on 01 855 8800.

Timeline:

Deadline for applications: 12pm Wednesday 5th May 2021

Panel Meeting: Tuesday 11th May 2021

Successful artists will be contacted by Monday 17th May 2021.

All applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 19th May 2021. Feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants, where requested.

About the Partners:

Dance Ireland

Dance Ireland is the national development and representative organisation for professional dance in Ireland. We support the development of all forms of dance in Ireland through training, professional opportunities, and advocacy. Our vision is for dance to be valued and vibrantly, actively, and confidently part of people’s lives. Achieving this, we believe, would ensure a sustainable future for dance in Ireland and a credible career for those committed to dance as a profession. We exist to make this happen.

Dance Limerick

Dance Limerick enables dance creation, participation and appreciation and strives to be a creative community connecting people and ideas through dance. By supporting and showcasing the work of artists across a diverse range of practices, Dance Limerick encourages artists and the public alike to be curious, to be creative and to connect with each other and to what matters in the world about us.

Firkin Crane

Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, is a place where dance artists, dance audiences and dance enthusiasts come together to make, see and join in dance of all kinds. Firkin Crane uses its distinctive heritage building comprising stage, performance spaces and studios to support experimentation, creation and participation.

Galway Dance Project

Galway Dance Project is an artist-led, non-profit dance resource organisation established in 2011 in Galway.  Galway Dance Project delivers supports and resources to the professional dance sector and promotes the development of dance as an artform in the region.

Contemporary Dance Classes for adults. Photo by Don Moloney

Contemporary Dance Classes

last: Tue 08 Jun '21

The current term is now underway, drop-in class rates available. If you would like to join the entire term at a discounted rate, please email info@dancelimerick.ie. Recordings of classes you missed are available. 

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 the below sections: 1. Important Information, 2. You Will Need, 3. Disclaimer, and Dance Limerick at Home Safety Checklist.

1. 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.

2. ​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 

3. 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.

Step Up Dance Project 2021. Photo by Lucy Dawson.

Step Up 2021 Open Call

last: Fri 30 Apr '21

Step Up Dance Project 2021 continues to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. Step Up is curated by Irish born, Marguerite Donlon, International choreographer. She is the Dance Director of the Dance Company at Theater Osnabrück, Germany. She is also the founder and director of Donlon Dance Collective, a project company based in Berlin.

Step Up aims to enhance young dancers’ professional networks, by connecting them to the Irish and international contemporary dance community, thereby improving professional opportunities for young dancers in Ireland and abroad. The eight-week programme is open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years and who hold an EU passport.

This year’s eight-week programme combines:

- Creation of new works with leading choreographers
- Learning repertoire from renowned international companies
- Personal coaching
- Performances in Limerick, Cork and Longford

CREATION & PERFORMANCE OF NEW CHOREOGRAPHIES

David Bolger, Choreographer (Ireland). Based in Dublin, David is Artistic Director and co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre.  He has directed and choreographed over 25 original productions for the Company, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally – garnering international recognition and prestigious awards for their innovation, performance and choreography. More info coisceim.com.

Lucyna Zwolinska, Choreographer (Poland, Germany). Lucyna has performed with many internationally acclaimed companies including The Forsythe Company, Ballet des Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken and Company Susanne Linke. Her own choreographies have been presented by Stuttgarter Ballett, TANZtheatre INTERNATIONAL and Tanzcompagnie Gieβen among others. More info lucynazwolinska.com.

LEARNING REPERTOIRE & METHODOLOGY WITH LEADING CHOREOGRAPHERS

Marguerite Donlon, Choreographer (Ireland, Germany). Based in Berlin and Hagen, Marguerite has created choreographies for dance companies worldwide. Her work has been performed most recently by prima ballerina Svetlana Zacharova and the Bolshoi Ballet.  She has also created for companies such as the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT), the Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, Rambert Dance in London, the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB) Portugal, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) Gelsenkirchen and The One Grand Show, Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin. Most recently she has created works for Visceral dance Chicago, BalletX Philadelphia, Theater Basel and Staatsballet Karlsruhe. Her own project company Donlon Dance Collective has performed extensively in Dublin, Longford, Siegen, Neuss, Leverkusen, Houston and Berlin. More info donlon.de.

Roy Assaf Dance, (Israel). Roy began formal training at the age of sixteen, when he joined a dance group led by Regba Gilboa at the community center in Kiryat Gat.  In 2003 he met the internationally recognized choreographer Emanuel Gat and made his mark touring worldwide with Gat as both performer and choreographic assistant from 2004-2009. Since 2010, he has created work independently. His work has been performed renowned venues and festivals including the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Jacob’s Pillow, Bolzano Danza, Pavillon Noir, Biennale di Venezia and the 17th Biennale de la Danse in Lyon. More info royassafdance.com.

REHEARSAL DIRECTORS / TEACHERS

Eoin Mac Donncha, Ballet master / Co-Rehearsal Director (Ireland). Eoin trained at The Rambert School of Ballet in London before working at various state theatres in Germany including Stadtheater Giessen and Staatstheter Saarbrucken. He has worked with the Cathy Sharp Dance Company, Switzerland, the Expressions Dance Company, Australia, and has danced for Ballet Hagen under the direction of renown choreographers including Wayne McGreggor. Currently, he works as a soloist in Budapest with choreographer Pál Frenák.  Eoin has taught at the Hong Kong academy of performing arts in Hong Kong, and has set a piece for the students of the graduating year there.

Eoin will teach morning class and will assist the choreographers and rehearse the new works. He will be in the studio at all times, to assist with artistic matters.

Laura Macken, Co-Rehearsal Director (Ireland). 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 for several projects. Laura has taught on past Step Up programmes in 2013 and 2018, and in 2020 and 2021 took on the role of Rehearsal Director. More info lauramackendance.com.

In addition, participants will have opportunity to do class with the Choreographers leading the individual programme elements and with a number of guest teachers based in Ireland.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities, to manage their career paths and often their own projects. The Personal Development aspect of the Step Up programme aims to give participants a broad toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path.  Activities will include

- Personal Coaching with Rivca Rubin (England). Rivca encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in. More info rivcarubin.com.
- Connecting with key personnel within the dance field in Ireland
- Connecting with Step Up Alumni to hear their experiences since participating in Step Up

TIMEFRAME / KEY DATES

The full training / rehearsal / performance period runs from Monday 5 July  – Friday 28 August 2021, 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 performing in Limerick and touring to three-four venues including Backstage Longford and Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Covid Protocols | All participants will be required to provide a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of joining the programme. Participants will be accommodated together so as to form a bubble or working pod and will be required to maintain contact only within the pod for the duration of the programme.

Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Some additional hours in the evening or on Sunday will be required, at the discretion of the choreographers.

6 Selected dancers will receive a full Step Up 2021 Scholarship which includes:

- Free access to the full programme.
- Accommodation Sunday 4 July – Friday 28 August inclusive.
- A weekly stipend toward day to day living costs.
- Travel expenses during the tour.

Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme.

What’s Not Covered: 

- Travel Expenses to and from Ireland / Limerick
- Accommodation outside of the dates above
- Health Insurance
- Covid Testing in advance of joining the programme

APPLICATIONS

We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate prior to Summer 2021 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.  

Please send your CV and a personal statement outlining your motivation to be involved in Step Up along with web links of recent live dance footage, on stage or in studio, made at home or outdoors to include:  

- An excerpt of a dance solo  
- An excerpt of improv

Applicants should submit one pdf, as an email attachment, to include cv, personal statement and web links. Please note individual video files and documents linked to Google drive cannot be accepted.

CLOSING DATE

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 30 April to stepupdanceproject@gmail.com with Step Up Application in the subject line. 

NEXT STEPS

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in in mid-May and letters of offer will be sent in the week immediately following the audition.

Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at stepupdanceproject@gmail.com.

Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. 

Female dancer in a black dress standing on one leg

PROFESSIONAL CLASS WITH ANGIE SMALIS

last: 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.

Professional Class with Mia DiChiaro. Photo by Maurice Gunning

Professional Class with Mia DiChiaro

last: Wed 14 Apr '21

This class draws on practices such as somatic researching, energizing self-massage, guided writing, yoga, contemporary dance vocabulary, and solo contact improvisation, to explore the wisdom within. Participants will playfully experiment in our spaces using what’s immediately available to us (such as potted plants, walls, and furniture) to (re)connect with the embodied joy of moving collectively.

About Mia DiChiaro

Mia DiChiaro (she/her) is a contemporary dancer and artivist whose ideas often circulate around joyful embodiment, climate justice, and participatory art. Originally from New York, she trained at The Ailey School and developed an interdisciplinary B.A. in 'Performance and Arts Activism’ from New York University while also becoming a RYS 200hr certified yoga teacher. After relocating to Ireland, she danced with DYDC and received a First-class Honours M.A. in ‘Contemporary Dance Performance’ from University of Limerick (2019) under the direction of Dr. Jenny Roche. She has performed choreography by Liz Roche, Jack Webb, Ursula Robb, Paul White, Dina Abu Hamdan, Theo Clinkard, Marie L’Enfant, and her own choreography.

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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