Resources for Artists (Archive)



last: Fri 13 Dec '19

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2020 at the studio, or the performance space, depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists in all genres for a period of two weeks.

Our Percolate Residency aims to provide professional dance artists with space and support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work.

The selection is competitive, and artists will be selected on the basis of who we think can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the local dance community.

Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to:

a) Premiere new work at Dance Limerick at the end of their residency.
b) Engage local artists (through talks/ workshops/ performances or in developing work within a socially engaged arts practice.

As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through debate/discussion with invited peers.

About our Residencies

Residencies may be for the following purpose(s):

1. Exploration, research, development and experimentation or
2. Taking an already developed idea to the next stage or
3. Rehearsal / production weeks toward premiering new work at Dance Limerick.

What Dance Limerick can provide:

• 2 weeks studio time
• Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in studio apartments or artist-friendly houses.
• A contribution of €75 per week, .per artist toward living costs – payable to the lead Applicant on receipt of an invoice
• Residency listing in our printed and on-line newsletter
• Peer feedback / mentoring if required.

In return, Dance Limerick requests the following:

• That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency period
• Interaction with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work
• That you contribute a news item for our website
• That the Dance Limerick logo be included on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency
• A completed evaluation form with feedback and suggestions for future residency opportunities

Criteria for selection

Applicants should demonstrate:

• A close fit with the aims of the Residency
• A proven track record in making and presenting dance work
• A focus on new work that will be interesting / relevant to local artists and audiences
• The ways in which the residency will contribute to the artist’s development and to his/her work
• Feasibility, within the context of the Artist’s budget and on the basis of what Dance Limerick can offer

NB Dance Limerick can put the Residency artist in contact with local dance artists if the residency research/work depends on the input of other artists. In such instances, the Residency Artist should be in a position to provide a small fee or stipend for the local artist.

Proposals will be assessed based the above criteria by a selection panel.

Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to
Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants will be notified in January 2020.

MORNING CLASS with Lisa McLoughlin

last: Wed 11 Dec '19

As part of our new regular series, Lisa McLoughlin will host morning classes on Wednesdays 4, 11 & 18 December at 10- 11.30am.

About Lisa's Class

Lisa’s class will begin with vinyasa yoga and somatic exercises to get deeply warm on these dark winter mornings. Following this, participants will use both improvisation and structured sequences to engage all of the body into movement and finally into a dynamic movement phrase. 

Lisa's Bio

Trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London. Lisa has performed extensively across the globe with many companies as a freelance dancer. A founder member of Rex Levitates (now Liz Roche Company) she has worked with CoisCeim, Marguerite Donlon and Dancers, IMDT, Ciotóg among many others. She is an award-winning choreographer and a passionate advocate and teacher of dance. She is a tutor and researcher in dance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, holds a first-class honours MA in Dance combining dance and psychology. Lisa has been awarded Irish Research Council funding for her Arts Practice PhD, which explores autonomy and dependency in society. This research involved contributions from over 500 people and has been co funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. She is a board member of Liz Roche Company and the Dublin Dance Festival.

Workshop with Luke Murphy

last: Wed 20 Nov '19

Choreographer Luke Murphy will host a professional morning class suitable for dance artists and advanced students ahead of his performance of The Milkyboy Kid on Thursday 21 November at Dance Limerick. 

About Luke

Ultima Vez (2014-2018) Punchdrunk (2009-2017, Original Cast member of Sleep No More NYC and Shanghai) Kate Weare Company (2011-2014), Pavel Zustiak Palissimo Company (2011-2013), Martha Clarke (2010-2011). Projects with, John Kelly, John Scott, Luca Silvestrini- Protein Dance, Sean Curran, Jonah Bokaer and Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company.Award Winning Choreographer and Artistic Director of Attic Projects, creating and performing original works across Ireland, UK and USA since 2012. Founder and Programming Director of The Catch8 Workshop Series. BFA 2009 Point Park University, MA 2017 University of Chichester.

Workshop with John Scott

last: Wed 06 Nov '19

John Scott, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, leads a workshop exploring creation and development of material, spatial awareness, performance state, text, dance and wordless stories.

Suitable for professional dancers and advanced students.

Special €22 tickets for this workshop PLUS the Croi Glan Dance Double Bill performance on Thursday 7th November are available HERE.

Work-in-progress sharing Laura Sarah Dowdall

last: Fri 25 Oct '19

As part of a Percolate residency at Dance Limerick, dance artist and performer Laura Sarah Dowdall will host a work-in-progress sharing of the results of her research period. This a free event, all welcome. RSVP essential to 

For info on Laura's Professional Workshop on 22 October click here.

For more info on Laura's residency click here

Workshop with Laura Sarah Dowdall

last: Tue 22 Oct '19

This workshop will explore how we use space- creating, dismantling, distorting and moving it. It will focus on integrating spoken-word into movement research that is embodied, active and self-aware. It will experiment with the role and relationship between audience and performer throughout.

Performers with strong improvisation skill and spoken-word experience will enjoy the dynamics of this workshop.

For info on Laura's Work-in-progress Sharing on 25 October click here

For more info on Laura's residency click here

The High Kicks. Photo by Shane Vaughan

Over 50s Dance Project

last: Thu 12 Sep '19

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 choreographer Kristyn Fontanella.

Learn new moves and enjoy a social dance, the emphasis with these classes will be on having fun!

Sessions are €5 each, 2-3:15pm. Email or call 061 400 994 for details. 

No upper age limit - No experience necessary. Come on your own or bring a friend!

Work-in-progress sharing WeCreate Productions

last: Thu 05 Sep '19

At the end of their 2 weeks residency at Dance Limerick, WECreate Productions will host a work-in-progress sharing. 

For more info on WECreate's residency click HERE.

Morning Class with Heike Salzer

last: Wed 04 Sep '19

Heike's technique class draws on contemporary dance techniques including Limon-Humphrey, release the beat, and release technique. The balancing of energy and effort as well as speed and musicality combined with the sensation of flow in space are key concepts of the work. As a somatic practitioner which is founded in her education as a German Gymnastik Teacher in the Anna Herrmann Method, her class follows a holistic approach that consider the body as an organic unity, an awareness of breath and flow, and the principle of oppositional forces. Dancers are invited to listen to their inner voices, finding authentic presence in the moment of performance.

For more info on WECreate's residency click HERE.

Morning Class with Michelle Nance

last: Fri 30 Aug '19

Intended to thoroughly warm-up the body/mind, Michelle’s approach to dance training is grounded in physiological and kinesthetic concepts of efficient, easy-flowing movement.  Michelle is heavily influenced by the principles of Erick Hawkins, whose approach to dance training is considered the forerunner of “release technique”. Promoting a strong, integrated torso to support free limbs and joints, the class will proceed from sitting and lying floor-work, to standing exercises and dynamic movement phrases through space.

For more info on WECreate's residency click HERE.


Michelle Nance currently serves as a Professor and Director of the Dance Program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She has studied and taught the technique of Erick Hawkins extensively, and served as the Assistant School Director for the Erick Hawkins School of Dance in the mid-1990s.  Her choreography has been commissioned and produced in the U.S. at prestigious dance festivals and venues including: the American College Dance Festival, Austin Dance Festival, Frontera Fest, Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, Boulder Creek Festival, Dance for the Planet, Barefoot Brigade, Hunter College Legacy Series, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Field Day (NYC).  Internationally, she has presented choreography, performed, and taught in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Scotland, Chile, Greece, and France. Ms. Nance has had the honor and privilege of performing in the works of many notable American choreographers and dance companies, including Erick Hawkins, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Douglas Andresen, Darla Johnson, Katherine Duke, LeAnne Smith, Nada Diachenko, David Capps, Nicole Wesley, Ellen Bartel Dance Collective, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Shay Ishii Dance Company, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, and Susana Williams/Danceforms Productions. 

She currently co-creates and performs in screendance works and live choreography with WE Create Productions and The Margarita Clan.  Ms. Nance earned a MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2001.


last: Thu 25 Jul '19

Following a Percolate residency at Dance Limerick, Evgenia Sizmina will present an informal sharing of her research.

For more info on Evgenia's residency click here.


last: Wed 24 Jul '19

The content of the class is flexible and depending on the group’s level the suitable tasks are devised. The technical class is based on Release Technique and includes floor sequences, improvisation tasks and dance phrases. Participants have space to work with dynamics, energy and flow of the movement. The focus of the class is on the development of the ability to release energy and move in the most efficient and economical way by redistributing the body weight and using the momentum instead of using muscular effort. The aim of the class is to prepare the dancer's body for wide range of movement possibilities.

For info on Evgenia's residency click here.

For info on Evgenia's work-in-progress sharing 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