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Contemporary Dance for Adults

last: Tue 17 May '22

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.

4 Week Term


- No exchanges or refunds.

 

MORNING CLASS WITH RACHEL SHEIL

last: Wed 18 May '22

Part of Dance Limerick's New Series of Professional Classes curated by Dance Limerick and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Associate Artist, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.

This class will have a focus on connection to self in relationship to space, but also connection to self in relationship to music. Rachel has many inputs in her practice including Hip-Hop, Fighting Monkey Zero Forms, Hanna Somatics and Contemporary Dance. She hopes to offer an insight into how she views movement, allowing class participants to explore via these myriad lenses too.

About Rachel Sheil

Rachel has been teaching, performing and choreographing in Limerick and Ireland since 2010. The themes of freedom, choice, power and play come up consistently in Rachel’s work. She is interested in how dance can empower the performer as well as the audience. Fantasy, anime, cartoons and comics make up a big part of Rachel's Contemporary dance practice, developing into work that is bizarre, hyper-real and often comedic. She lives in dreams, has a vivid inner life and is eager to bring audiences into this world!

Professional Class with Isabella Oberländer

last: Wed 27 Apr '22

Part of Dance Limerick's Series of Professional Classes curated by Dance Limerick and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Associate Artist, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.

In this morning class I will be sharing some of my influences and ways of working with improvisation and choreographic frameworks. - What are you paying attention to whilst moving? - Utilising chi-cultivation, embracing the body as material and listening to our states of dance. Let’s turn up the temperature, attune to our attention and have a wee sweaty dance together to start the day.

About Isabella Oberländer

Isabella Oberländer is a dance artist and choreographer based in Limerick, Ireland. Originally from Austria, she was Associate Artist with Dance Limerick 2019-2021. Isabella’s solo work ’Glisten’ had its live premiere at Dublin Fringe Festival 2021.  Her work engages in choreographic frameworks that embrace the materiality of the body and aim for a visceral articulation of physicality and thought. Working the imagination muscle, engaging with feminist ideas and dancing her heart out are integral parts of her artistic practice. As a dance artist she is always seeking, she is always in motion. 

Photo by Chad Alexander @ Dublin Castle, Soul Noir Festival 2021.

Dance Clubs for 9-14yrs

last: Sat 02 Apr '22

This class focuses on inclusivity and creativity. The idea is to expose students to various styles of dance in order to help them find their own way of dancing. Time will be balanced between movements that comes from more academic styles such as Ballet and Contemporary, and ones that emerge more from the Hip Hop and commercial side of the dance world. All of this while always remembering that the main goal is to enjoy and have fun!

Teacher: Arianna Guasso

Arianna is a strong young dancer from Italy, currently attending a BA in Contemporary Dance at UL. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and received training from incredible artists all around Europe and North America. 

CLASS DATES: 2nd, 9th, 23rd April, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th May, 11th June
NO CLASS ON THESE DATES: 16th April (Easter Midterm BH), 30th April (May Bank Holiday), 4th June (June Bank Holiday)

Time: 1-2pm
Fee: €70+ booking fee
Location: Dance Limerick studio, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick, V94 RRH6

T&Cs

- Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
- No exchanges or refunds.

Please be familiar with current Government Public Health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (here) before attending events at Dance Limerick.

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Dance Clubs for 5-8yrs

last: Sat 02 Apr '22

This class will engage the kids into a creative process based on different genres of dance. Passing through ballet movements as foundation, jazz and hip hop for coordination and stamina, and ending with some contemporary free flow for learning how to express. The young people will play with imagination and ideas, while being directed into more structured exercises that develop discipline and body’s health. 

Teacher: Arianna Guasso

Arianna is a strong young dancer from Italy, currently attending a BA in Contemporary Dance at UL. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and received training from incredible artists all around Europe and North America. 

CLASS DATES: 2nd, 9th, 23rd April, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th May, 11th June
NO CLASS ON THESE DATES: 16th April (Easter Midterm BH), 30th April (May Bank Holiday), 4th June (June Bank Holiday)

Time: 12-12:45pm
Fee: €70+ booking fee
Location: Dance Limerick studio, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick, V94 RRH6

T&Cs

- Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
- No exchanges or refunds.

Please be familiar with current Government Public Health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (here) before attending events at Dance Limerick.

DANCE CLUBS FOR TOTS (2-4YRS) 11AM

last: Sat 02 Apr '22

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. 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! Aoife’s class will include elements from her own dance background in Irish dance as well as creative and modern dance styles all set to popular music. It is the perfect introduction to the magic of dance for your little one.

One parent or guardian is required to stay with the student in the studio throughout the class.

Teacher Aoife O'Brien: As well as teaching dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in UL, Aoife is an experienced Irish Dance, Zumba, Pilates and Pilates Kids instructor.

CLASS DATES: 2nd, 9th, 23rd April, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th May, 11th June
NO CLASS ON THESE DATES: 16th April (Easter Midterm BH), 30th April (May Bank Holiday), 4th June (June Bank Holiday)

Time: 11-11:45am
Fee: €70+ booking fee
Location: Dance Limerick studio, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick, V94 RRH6

T&Cs

- Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
- No exchanges or refunds.

Please be familiar with current Government Public Health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (here) before attending events at Dance Limerick.

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Dance Clubs for Tots (2-4yrs) 10AM

last: Sat 02 Apr '22

SOLD OUT, limited spaces available in the 11am class, info here. 

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. 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! Aoife’s class will include elements from her own dance background in Irish dance as well as creative and modern dance styles all set to popular music. It is the perfect introduction to the magic of dance for your little one.

One parent or guardian is required to stay with the student in the studio throughout the class.

Teacher Aoife O'Brien: As well as teaching dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in UL, Aoife is an experienced Irish Dance, Zumba, Pilates and Pilates Kids instructor.

CLASS DATES: 2nd, 9th, 23rd April, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th May, 11th June
NO CLASS ON THESE DATES: 16th April (Easter Midterm BH), 30th April (May Bank Holiday), 4th June (June Bank Holiday)

Time: 10-10:45am
Fee: €70+ booking fee
Location: Dance Limerick studio, 1-2 John’s Square, Limerick, V94 RRH6

T&Cs

- Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
- No exchanges or refunds.

Please be familiar with current Government Public Health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (here) before attending events at Dance Limerick.

NDRP OPEN CALL

last: Thu 03 Mar '22

National Dance Residency Partnership (NDRP): Call for Expressions of Interest

The NDRP is a partnership between Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane, Galway Dance Project and Tipperary Dance 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 is contributing financially and in-kind space to one choreographer which will allow for six weeks rehearsal time across the country. This award includes a financial award of €10,000 to support the residencies and invest in the development of the new work, a bursary for the successful choreographer to attend Tipperary Dance International Festival, and the time and support of artistic staff.

Through this award, it is our intention to open up the model of making dance work in Ireland by de-centralising opportunities throughout the country, whilst building networked production models supported by a strong partnership infrastructure.

What is on offer?

We will support 1 choreographer/maker who has resources in place to develop new dance work in 2022 by offering:

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

- A financial award of €10,000 to support residency expenses (travel, accommodation, per diems etc) and invest in the development of the new work.

- Support in arranging local accommodation. (Accommodation provided in Cork.)

- Opportunities to share work in progress, if appropriate.

- A pro-training bursary for Tipperary Dance International Festival, including accommodation & subsistence.

Who is this for?

We would like to hear from you if:

- You embrace the national and networked partnership approach and are willing to undertake residencies in various venues across Ireland. This is an opportunity to connect with the Partner organisations, understand the context we each work in, and – where appropriate – connect with peers or members of the community in each location.

- You are researching and developing new work in 2022. 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. All partners are committed to the Arts Council’s ‘Paying The Artist’ policy. We recognise that the financial resource offered may not be enough to ensure that artists and the creative team are paid at an appropriate level, or to fully fund your research time. This is why it is important to consider how feasible this offer is for you before you apply.

- Can engage with the timeline of the partnership and complete the residencies before the end of 2022.  There is space available between April and December 2022, and some of this will be fixed and some flexible, depending on the location. We are open to working with the successful choreographer 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.

- Are not in receipt of Strategic or Arts Grant funding from the Arts Council.

- 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 2022/23 do let us know.

Example application scenarios:

Research & Development: You may have a bursary or commission to research and develop a new work in 2022, and this national residency opportunity could bring additional space and resource to that process, and an opportunity to test ideas with local peers and supportive communities.

Bridge: You may have completed R&D on an idea, which may have been previously supported by a Bursary award or similar. This national residency could provide a bridge to develop and test ideas and outcomes further before submitting for further Project or Touring funding.

Production: You may have funding and resources in place to develop and fully produce a new work to premiere in 2022 or early 2023. This national residency could offer additional support and testing ground for this new production, ensuring high quality and ambition, and building potential audiences across the country with the support of the partners.

How to apply:

The NDRP is coordinated and administered by Dance Ireland, and representatives from each partner organisation 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, CV’s 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.

There will be an Online Information Session on 16th February at 12 noon. Register HERE.

Timeline:

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 3rd March
Panel Meeting: Tuesday 16th March
Successful artists will be contacted by: Monday 21st March
All applicants will be contacted by Friday 25th March 2022.

Feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants, where requested.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 3rd March

Drop us a line at programme@danceireland.ie if you have any questions.

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Over 50s Dance Classes

last: Thu 31 Mar '22

Dance Limerick's Over 50s Dance Classes are a fantastic way to maintain well being and keep active. Learn new moves and enjoy a social dance, the emphasis is on having fun!

As well as the social elements of dance, there are many positive health benefits like improving mental health, fitness and balance.

Each class features popular hit songs from past and present, inviting you to move your body and have fun while doing it.

No upper age limit - No experience necessary.

Class Dates:

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th April

Time: 2-3:15pm.

T&Cs

- Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.

- No exchanges or refunds.

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PROFESSIONAL Workshop WITH Mary Nunan

last: Wed 30 Mar '22

Z(ero)ing into Improvisation

Part of Dance Limerick's New Series of Professional Classes curated by Dance Limerick and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Associate Artist, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.

The workshop is based on an approach to movement research, improvisation and performance called z(ero)ing. It comprises a series of improvisational tasks which provide for movement to be explored from a number of different angles:‘directional spatial awareness’ (sensing Space as a supportive surface) and ‘pre-movement impulses’ (attuning to breath and gravity). The notion of collective finding is central to z(ero)ing. We research together and discuss our ‘findings’. This feedback loop allows us to better understand what is going on and to further explore how the tasks might provide for the energy of ‘thing’ which is also ‘no-thing’ to be harnessed.

The class is suitable for both professional dancers and those interested in, and with experience in, movement and performance.

About Mary

Mary Nunan is a dance artist. Throughout her career she has created a substantial body of choreographies that have been presented at national and international venues. Her professional career began when she joined Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86). She was founder Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (1988-1999) and Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance, UL (1999-2016). Since 2016 she has continued to work as an independent artist: choreographer, performer, mentor, writer. Her practice, in all its manifestations, is driven by her deep curiosity and ongoing investigation into movement as a unique way of knowing and being-in-the world.

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

Workshp with Yulia Arsen

last: Sat 12 Feb '22

Starting with a highly demanding awareness practice we will strive to disable the passive mode network of the brain, which is responsible for creating an autobiographical "I" model. As a result, the sense of time is lost and the boundaries of personality are dissolved.

Our dance becomes bigger than us and our bodies become the infinite medium of transgression. Instead of losing ourselves we get the possibility of re-finding.

More info about Yulia Arsen's performance of Plastic Bag on 10 Feb here.

Return to the WHAT NEXT 2022 Calendar here.

Browse the FESTIVAL PROGRAMME here.

WHAT NEXT Artist Talk

last: Fri 11 Feb '22

CURATORIAL APPROACHES

Finding, filtering, mediating, mixing, creating, connecting and resourcing are key ingredients in generating meaningful and engaging artistic programmes.

You are invited to join us to hear Benjamin Perchet (Carlow Arts Festival), Jazmin Chiodi (Dublin Dance Festival) and Laurie Uprichard (artistic director of Firkin Crane) share their unique approaches and perspectives to presenting very special experiences for artists and audiences.

About the speakers

Benjamin Perchet is Artistic Director/CEO of Carlow Arts Festival since August 2021. Perchet is well known in the Irish scene for his leadership of Dublin Dance Festival from 2016 – 2021. He was previously Artistic Advisor for two major French institutions in Lyon: Maison de la Danse (2004 – 2015) and Biennale de la Danse (2008 – 2015). He has also been an Aerowaves partner, a founding board member of European Dancehouse Network (EDN) and a partner and management team member of Big Pulse Dance Alliance (BPDA), all of these networks and projects being co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

Born in Argentina and based in Ireland since 2005 Jazmin Chiodi is a dance artist and dance curator. She is the former co-director and founder of Tipperary Dance  and TD International Festival that she programmed for twelve editions. In 2021, she has been appointed Artistic Director at Dublin Dance Festival her fist curated edition will be presented in May 2022. Her choreographic work with Iseli-Chiodi dance company has produced over a dozen pieces that toured in Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Korea, Tunisia and the UK. Jazmin Chiodi holds an MA Festive Arts with First Class Honours (University of Limerick, Ireland). She worked as a guest lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick for more than a decade and collaborated in academic researches and publications including the IU research group for the Limerick 2020 European Cultural Capital bid.

Over the past four decades, Laurie Uprichard has curated contemporary dance and performance, both at the presenting organizations she led in the US and abroad, as well as for festivals and arts centers. Recently named Executive Artistic Director of Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland, she previously served as Director & Curator of Performing Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and was Director of the Dublin Dance Festival. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City. She founded and curated the Travelogues Series at Abrons Arts Center, and guest-curated programs at New York’s Irish Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, and La MaMa, as well as at Paris’ Centre Culturel Irlandais.

Return to the WHAT NEXT 2022 Calendar here.

Browse the FESTIVAL PROGRAMME here.

 

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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