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Professional Class with Mia DiChiaro. Photo by Maurice Gunning

Professional Class with Mia DiChiaro

last: Wed 07 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.

Ballet for Beginners. Photo by Iiona Virgin

Ballet for Beginners

last: Wed 07 Apr '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.

Ballet for Improvers. PHOTO BY IIONA VIRGIN

Ballet for Improvers

last: Wed 07 Apr '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.

Contemporary Dance Classes for adults. Photo by Don Moloney

Contemporary Dance Classes

last: Tue 06 Apr '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 and connecting to the body in space, either through improv or somatic exercises. We will then learn some contemporary exercises to warm up the body and during the last part of class, we will work on learning choreography. This choreography will be to integrate and incorporate techniques learned throughout class. Class will round off with some deeper stretches to finish.

About Teacher Rachel Sheil

Rachel Sheil has over 10 years experoience teaching Contemporary Dance and Hip-Hop to adults. She has a BA and MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick and is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Dance Company. Rachel is currently Associate Artist of Dance Limerick. She has a passion for making dance accessible and fun for everyone involved and wants to connect people to their own sense of confidence, joy and lived experience of the body.

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.

Choreographic Laboratory with Colin Dunne. Image by Maurice Gunning

Choreographic Laboratory with Colin Dunne

last: Mon 01 Mar '21

Period of Laboratory: 31 May – 4 June 2021

Closing date to apply: 1 March

Led by Colin Dunne, the laboratory will provide up to 6 traditional dance artists with a one week intensive to explore methodologies in creative and performance practice. It aims to inspire shared conversations around where traditional dance performance currently stands in relation to the broader dance scene in Ireland.

The laboratory will be of particular interest to artists with a traditional dance background and who are approaching the making of new work through the filter of a contemporary dance practice. The laboratory will:

- Incorporate a daily practice in improvisation in both movement and sound making.

- Provide a space for sharing of ideas for new work

- Excavate processes, stumbling blocks, and new ways forward.

The overall aim is for participants to share, explore, solve problems and develop a way forward through new ideas generated at the laboratory.

This opportunity aims to:

- Stimulate the participants’ movement practice and imagination.

- Give meaningful feedback and support on the artists’ creative and compositional methods.

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

- Accommodation in Limerick will be provided along with a stipend of €100 toward living expenses.

How to apply:

Artists should submit by email an Expression of Interest by Monday 1 March (deadline to apply) outlining why you feel this would benefit your practice, along with an Artist Statement and a link to one work you have recently created. Email info@dancelimerick.ie.

Artists must have confirmed their availability for the entire period (31 May – 4 June).

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 15 March.

If you have any further questions, contact Dance Limerick at info@dancelimerick.ie.

About Colin Dunne

Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance. He collaborates across dance, music and theatre performance platforms in Ireland and internationally.

His first solo show, Out of Time (2008), was nominated for a 2010 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in dance and toured internationally until 2016 including performances at Biennale de Lyon, Barbican, London and Baryshnikov Arts Centre, NY. His most recent solo show CONCERT, based on the music of Irish fiddle player Tommie Potts, received the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award for Music Collaboration in 2018, and a Bessie Award Nomination in 2020.

Recent collaborations include: Session (2019) with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Whitby (2017) with Joan Sheehy, Edges of Light (2016 commissioned by Music Network), and 20 Dancers for the XX Century (2015 Boris Charmatz, at the Tate Museum London).

Professional Class with Catherine Young

Professional Class

last: Wed 17 Mar '21

We're delighted to welcome Catherine Young back to Dance Limerick as our next Professional Class guest teacher for February/March 2021.

About Catherine's Class

Catherine’s classes are highly physical and technical and incorporate some somatic, contemporary dance and yoga training to enable the dancer to experience the full body in motion. Catherine's contemporary classes are influenced by her yoga and African dance training and are highly physical in nature. Class begins with a strong floor based warm up that works to standing and her style focuses on floor work, breath, release, rhythm, balance and the full body in motion.

About Catherine Young

Catherine Young is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist, a UK BENCH Fellow & has been Dancer in Residence in Kerry with Kerry County Council & Siamsa Tíre for many years. She was also artist in residence at the Backstage Theatre & Shawbrook in 2017/2018. Catherine has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Coisceim Dance Theatre, The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Féile Fáilte and the University of Limerick among others. Her company works 'State of Exception, ‘Ultima Thule', "Woman Stood Regardless' and 'Welcoming the Stranger' have all been received to critical acclaim, with 'Welcoming the Stranger' opening the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017. Her new work "Floating on a Dead Sea" inspired by her time in Palestine will premiere in 2021. Catherine established The Welcoming Project in 2016 - a multi-cultural dance programme that fosters cultural integration & social inclusion of Ireland's new communities through dance. Catherine creates powerful, physical, visceral human work that touches, goes deep, showing the human condition in all its shades, its grit, edge, truth, honesty, beauty. Sweaty, raw, hungry, percussive, pulsating work. Connecting the outside with the inside.

Open Call for Artist/Curator. Photo by Shane Vaughan

Open Call for Artist/Curator

last: Mon 01 Feb '21

Dance Limerick invites applications for a Dance Artist/Curator to shape and deliver a new pilot programme, Dance Limerick Connects from March 2021 – February 2022.

Closing 12 noon on Monday 1 February 2021.

For full details click here.

Photo by Shane Vaughan

Over 50s Dance Classes

last: Thu 08 Apr '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.

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.

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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