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Over 50s Dance Classes

last: Thu 21 Jan '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, or if you would like to receive a link to our Zoom tutorial 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.

Megan Kennedy. Photo by Jonathan Mitchell

PROFESSIONAL CLASSES

last: Wed 09 Dec '20

We are excited to welcome Megan Kennedy, choreographer and co-creative director of Junk Ensemble, as our next Professional Class guest teacher. 

Megan’s class will begin with a conditioning warm-up on the floor and segue into standing and traveling exercises. Built on a release foundation, this is a high-energy, physically demanding class which will finish with choreographic phrases suited to your living room. We will also dabble in hand-balancing and backbends throughout the class.

Classes are suitable for professional dance artists and advanced students.

Please note these classes are now being presented live via Zoom due to Level 5 Restrictions for Covid-19. Once you reserve your ticket for the class you will be sent the Zoom link to join at 9:30am on the morning of the class. If restrictions allow, class on 9 December will be held in the Dance Limerick studio as well as online. 

About Megan Kennedy

Megan is Co-Artistic Director of multi-award winning Junk Ensemble, who are previous resident artists at the Tate.

Choreography for live performance includes Mother of Pearl (Emily Aoibheann), Gym Swim Party (O’Reilly Theatre Dublin), Villette (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Town is Dead (The Abbey Theatre), Tasting Blue (Live Collision, Project Arts Centre Gallery), Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades Opera (Edinburgh Festival Theatre), Bram Stoker Festival (IRL), Marble & Bread (at the Sailor's Home produced by Dance Limerick) and more.

She was Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence in 2015 and is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.

www.junkensemble.com

Jenny Roche

Professional Classes Online

last: Wed 11 Nov '20

Join choreographer and course director of MA in Contemporary Dance at UL Jenny Roche for a series of morning classes this October and November. Suitable for professional dance artists and advanced students.

Please note these classes are now being presented live via Zoom due to Level 5 Restrictions for Covid-19. Once you reserve your ticket for the class you will be sent the Zoom link to join at 9:30am on the morning of the class. 

THINK THANK SERIES: SUMMARY 3

last: Wed 30 Sep '20

Throughout July, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Dublin Dance Festival co-hosted a series of focused conversations about dance. These ‘Think Tanks’ are building on important discussions that have already been set in motion about the survival and sustainability of the sector.

Read the Summary of Third Think Tank HERE and please send your thoughts and contributions to thinktanks2021@gmail.com.

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #1, and HERE for info on Think Tank #2.

You can read more about the format and idea behind the Think Tanks HERE.

Think Tank Summary #1

Think Thank Series: Summary 1

last: Wed 30 Sep '20

Throughout July, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Dublin Dance Festival co-hosted a series of focused conversations about dance. These ‘Think Tanks’ are building on important discussions that have already been set in motion about the survival and sustainability of the sector.

Please send your thoughts and contributions to thinktanks2021@gmail.com.

Read the summaries below: 

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #1

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #2

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #3

You can read more about the format and idea behind the Think Tanks HERE.

Think Tank Summary 2

THINK THANK SERIES: SUMMARY 2

last: Wed 30 Sep '20

Throughout July, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Dublin Dance Festival co-hosted a series of focused conversations about dance. These ‘Think Tanks’ are building on important discussions that have already been set in motion about the survival and sustainability of the sector.

Read the Summary of Second Think Tank HERE and please send your thoughts and contributions to thinktanks2021@gmail.com.

Click HERE for info on Think Tank #1.

You can read more about the format and idea behind the Think Tanks HERE.

Angie Smalis

Professional Class (Online)

last: Wed 14 Oct '20

Please note these classes are now being presented live via Zoom due to Level 3 Restrictions for Covid-19. Once you reserve your ticket for the class you will be sent the Zoom link to join. 

Join contemporary dance artist Angie Smalis for a series of morning classes this September and October. Suitable for professional dance artists and advanced students. 

About Angie Smalis

Angie 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 Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre 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 has received funding for her own work from the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, the Mid-West Regional Authority and Limerick City and County Council. Lately, Angie received the Arts Grant Funding- Arts Council- to research and develop  “The Ambassadors” in collaboration with American performing artist Colin Gee, Irish dance artists Mark Carberry and Lisa Mcloughlin and American composer/vocalist Erin Gee.

Important Info before joining the class: 

- Please book your place at least 2hrs prior to the start of class. You will receive a link to the class no more than 1hr prior to it beginning. 
- You will need a Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table/chair at eye level. We suggest a laptop or computer if possible as it means you will see the other participants as well as the teacher. 
- A clear floor area – 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! 
- Please note it is the responsibility of participants to ensure you have a suitable and safe space to move during the class. 

Make & Move 2020

last: Fri 11 Sep '20

What is Make & Move? Make & Move will provide eight emerging choreographers with a two-week intensive in choreographic practice at Dance Limerick*, Aug 31-Sept 11, 2020.

The participants will be mentored by choreographer Catherine Young, who will encourage critical engagement with personal practice from a theoretical and physical perspective.

This opportunity aims to:

- Allow a space for reflection on and development of each participant’s unique artistic voice.

- Focus on giving the participants new knowledge from outside experts of the practicalities of working as an independent choreographer.

- Push the participants’ artistic boundaries.

- Physically explore new work ideas

- Encourage new connections.

Accommodation in Limerick is included and a stipend of €150

How to apply:

- Fill out the attached application form.

- Submit by email the application form, an online example of one work produced to date, and your CV to info@dancelimerick.ie, before the closing date with the subject line ‘APPLICANT NAME - Make and Move Application 2020’.

- The applicant must have confirmed their availability for the entire period (Aug 31-Sept 11), and completed the online application form in full for their application to be considered.

The call closes on 24 July 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 4 August. If you have any further questions, contact Dance Limerick at info@dancelimerick.ie

Rivca Rubin

UPwording & Coaching with Rivca Rubin

last: Sat 29 Aug '20

As part of this year's Step Up dance project we’re delighted to invite you to join Rivca Rubin in three UPwording & Coaching sessions. Rivca's coaching techniques challenge, encourage and support you to identify what you really want, and explore what you can and are prepared to do to achieve it.

The session are suitable for artists across all mediums and are free of charge. Pre-registration and attendance of all three dates are essential. 

Daily Schedule:

Morning Session: 10:00am-12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm-1:45pm
Afternoon Session: 1:45pm-4pm

About the sessions

Taking an UPwording Coaching Approach assisting ourselves and each other when communicating, exploring, learning, planning, preparing, performing, we shift the way we think and speak from limiting, hindering, and sometimes inflammatory to libratory and motivating.

As much of the way we speak is habitual, the practice of UPwording starts with raising awareness of the underpinning concepts, intentions, and positions taken, implied in habitual words and phrases, and from here make active language choices to align our language with our intentions. 

Words change Worlds
yours mine ours

About Rivca Rubin

Rivca Rubin assists people to live the lives they want to live, artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, companies to refine their vision, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in.

Read more about Rivca HERE

Dance Clubs Online Series

Dance Clubs Online Series

last: Fri 05 Jun '20

We are excited to announce the return of our Dance Clubs for Young People in a very special 4 week online series. Aoife, Rachel and Sarah return to lead our classes, this time beamed directly into your home! 

Our Dance Clubs Online Series introduce the excitement and wonder of dance to young people through movement, creativity, learning and play. The clubs aim to develop a dancer's ability with skills and technique while nurturing the creative possibilities within every young person. Young people are encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence, self esteem and fitness.

Age Group: 

- Dance Club for Tots with Aoife (2-4yrs)
- Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Sarah
- Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel

There are 2 series of Online Dance Clubs available now. ​​​​​If you would like the links to the tutorials please send your name, email and participant's name and age to info@dancelimerick.ie. 

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Be A Dance Hero, Support Artists during the COVID-19 Crisis. 

By supporting Dance Limerick you allow us to continue to provide opportunities for dance artists and our audience during the Covid-19 crisis through online performance projects such as our Over 50s Dance Project (more info here), Dance Clubs for Young People (more info here), Summer Youth Performance Project (info coming soon) and the many more opportunities we are planning such as online screenings, workshops and more.

MORE INFO & DONATIONS HERE.

Luke Murphy: Sharing

last: Fri 13 Mar '20

Luke Murphy will present an informal sharing of work-in-progress following a 2 week residency at Dance Limerick. 

For more information on Luke's residency click here.

For information on Luke's Professional Morning Classes on 4 & 11 March click here.

Luke Murphy performing in Dance Limerick in 2015

Morning Class with Luke Murphy

last: Wed 11 Mar '20

Choreographer Luke Murphy will host a professional morning class suitable for dance artists and advanced students during his 2 week residency at Dance Limerick. 

For more information on Luke's residency click here.

For information on Luke's Work-in-progress Sharing on 13 March click 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