Resources for Artists (Archive)

Training the Performing Body - Movement & Voice Workshop

Training the Performing Body - Movement & Voice Workshop with Evangelia Kolyra

last: Wed 05 Dec '18

The main aim of the class is to train the performing body. We focus on perception and use what is available on the body at each moment, while working on the creative potential of the connection between movement, voice and language. The participants work on their movement and use of voice constantly throughout the duration of the session. Improvised actions lead to short repetitive movement combinations which build into longer phrases. The class encourages stamina, creativity and offers elements that each participant can play with and incorporate the notions of perception and performance.

About Evangelia Kolyra

Evangelia Kolyra is a Greek, London-based choreographer and performer, who is interested in performance work which takes place within theatre spaces, site-specific, film and installation contexts. Evangelia’s work aims to offer audiences a kinaesthetically rich experience of the unexpected, humorous and sometimes dark or sinister sides to the psychology of human experience, presented within highly detailed and physically demanding choreography.

Her work has been featured in various platforms and festivals in Europe (England, Scotland, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Germany) and she is working towards developing a cross-disciplinary and highly collaborative practice. Evangelia has an MFA in Choreography from Roehampton University (UK), a BA in Dance from Professional Dance School D.Gregoriadou (GR) and a BA in Greek Philology-Linguistics from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR).

Dancers Toolkit Workshop

last: Thu 15 Nov '18

Dance Ireland and Step Up Dance Project present a workshop for young emerging dancers on the topic of representing yourself professionally online and to dance companies, programmers and funders.

The subject matter will include:

- Developing an appropriate digital fingerprint (Email, Social Media, Online Presence)
- Making video samples, the dos and don’ts
- Introducing yourself and your dance practice
- Writing about your work for a bursary or funding application
- Drawing up a simple budget in excel            

The day will be led by Aideen Gohery (former dancer) and Niamh O’Donnell, Director, Mermaid Arts Centre, with support from Jeanette Keane (Dance Ireland) and Jenny Traynor (Dance Limerick).

AIDEEN GOHERY - BIOGRAPHY

Aideen Gohery began her professional career with Dublin City Ballet and subsequently appeared in numerous stage productions, film and TV roles and advertising.  Aideen is a founder member of CoisCéim Dance Theatre and has also served on the boards of the Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland and Irish Equity.  

More recently, Aideen has focused on developing a thriving social media consultancy enterprise and engages with a diverse range of clients across the hospitality, restaurant, retail and entertainment sectors.  Aideen brings a unique perspective to the world of social media and professional dance as her many years of experience in both realms combine to deliver unrivalled and unique insights.

NIAMH O’DONNELL - BIOGRAPHY

Niamh O’Donnell is Artistic Director of Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, Co Wicklow. The centre presents a multiple art form programme of Irish and international visual arts, dance, theatre, music and art-house cinema. The centre commissions and co-produces work as well as supporting and platforming local artists and arts groups engaging and serving a population of 115,000 people.

Niamh has worked across disciplines initially in the Gallery of Photography (1990), then on the re-establishment of Black Church Print Studio, an artist resource organisation (1994), followed by a position as Artistic Programme Coordinator in ArtHouse Multi-media Centre (1999) where she co-ordinated the sound and media residencies and the exhibitions programme. Niamh worked as General Manager in Project Arts Centre for 13 years where she was responsible for the financial and general management of the centre, as well as working as Executive Producer on the artist development programme, PROJECT CATALYST where she produced the work of individual artists, across disciplines, working outside the standard model of production, both in the centre as well as touring nationally and internationally.

Regan O'Brien

Morning Classes with Regan O'Brien

last: Wed 03 Oct '18

Percolate artist-in-residence Regan O'Brien's morning class will be focus on the Choreographic Object, Creative and therapeutic Body-Voice sessions. Open to all, no previous experience required.

Biography

O’Brien has been researching the various configurations of this work since 2016. From Social Choreography and the participatory nature of performance to male-microchimerism in the female brain, from hosting creative meetings with groups of mothers to song writing. O’Brien is grateful that Bounding has, so far, received support from Dance Ireland, CERSA, Create Ireland, UCD, Folkswang University Essen and now Dance Limerick.

Linda Hayford

MORNING CLASS WITH LINDA HAYFORD

last: Wed 26 Sep '18

Linda Hayford is a young and yet accomplished dancer whose undeniable mastery of technique serves strong organic gestures, where popping, hiphop and house dance all meet together as an harmonious body expression.

She collaborates with companies and artists such as Par Terre – Anne Nguyen, Paradox-sal, Engrenage – Marie Houdin and Black Sheep – Johanna Faye / Saïdo Lehlouh, as well as developing her own personal projects within her company Inside Out.

Kate and Seke

Movement Improvisation Class

last: Wed 22 Aug '18

This class is part of the first week of Kate Hilder's Percolate Residency at Dance Limerick. Kate and Seke Chimutengwende are spending the week developing their solo and duet improvisation performance practice.

Seke, a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in London, is teaching this class which is open to all adults - no previous experience necessary:

Through guided explorations games and scores we will answer the following questions: What are the choices we can make in terms of space, rhythm and texture in instant composition? Can engaging our senses lead us to material when improvising? How do we create content and structure spontaneously? 

Cost of class: €7 or free for studio subscribers (pay on the door).

Summer Youth Dance Camp (ages 13yrs+)

last: Fri 20 Jul '18

Dance Limerick is delighted to announce our Summer Youth Dance Camp for ages 13yrs+.

The week long project runs from Monday 16 – Friday 20 July in our studio in John’s Square. The programme will take you on a journey of discovery, where you will work in a fun, creative and supportive environment with experienced hip hop and contemporary dancer Rachel Sheil.

In Rachel's own words:
‘Come for oodles of dancing ending in a mini-performance at the end of the week! We will be exploring and learning two different styles a day: Jazz-Lyrical and Hip-Hop and will be learning choreography and exercises to your favourite songs. If you want to make new friends, learn something new and express yourself then come dance with us!’

You will learn to use movement as a form of expression and are encouraged to engage fully in the creation and formation of dance. The project will culminate with an informal performance at the end of each week.

About the teacher: Rachel Sheil is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer based in Limerick City and a recent graduate of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, Irish World Academy. Rachel is experienced in contemporary dance and hip hop and is also influenced by K-Pop (Korean Pop) music and dance.

All Dance Limerick’s teachers and assistants are Garda Vetted.

Youth Dance Camp at Dance Limerick

SUMMER YOUTH DANCE CAMP (AGES 5-12yrs)

last: Fri 20 Jul '18

Dance Limerick is delighted to announce our Summer Youth Dance Camp for ages 5-12yrs. The week long project runs from Monday 16 – Friday 20 July in our studio in John’s Square.

The programme will take you on a journey of discovery, where you will work in a fun, creative and supportive environment with experienced hip hop and contemporary dancer Rachel Sheil.

In Rachel's own words:

‘Come for oodles of dancing ending in a mini-performance at the end of the week! We will be exploring and learning two different styles a day: Jazz-Lyrical and Hip-Hop and will be learning choreography and exercises to your favourite songs. If you want to make new friends, learn something new and express yourself then come dance with us!’

You will learn to use movement as a form of expression and are encouraged to engage fully in the creation and formation of dance. The project will culminate with an informal performance at the end of each week.

About the teacher: Rachel Sheil is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer based in Limerick City and a recent graduate of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, Irish World Academy. Rachel is experienced in contemporary dance and hip hop and is also influenced by K-Pop (Korean Pop) music and dance.

All Dance Limerick’s teachers and assistants are Garda Vetted.

Dance Club for 9-14yrs

last: Sat 30 Jun '18

This class will focus on movement creation through play, improvisation and freestyle. Rachel shares techniques she has researched and learned to provide structured improvisations (contemporary) and a freestyle environment (urban styles). Every class is different, building skills consistently, but in different ways. Dancers develop skills around body-awareness and perception, along with awareness of space and people around them. Through group improvisations, working in small groups and pairs, the class focuses on moving, expressing through movement and, of course, having fun!

This class is suitable for boys and girls of any ability.

Saturdays from 19 May 2018 1pm-2pm Dance Limerick Studio
Fee: 50.00 for 6 week term

Dance Club for 5-8yrs

last: Sat 30 Jun '18

Modern and jazz styles combine in this introduction to movement and music from around the world. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence and strength.

Teacher: Rachel Sheil

Rachel has been teaching for over seven years and has recently completed her MA in Dance Performance at UL. She has taught Hip-Hop in Ireland, the UK and San Francisco and has also been successful in several Irish Intervarsity competitions. She hopes to continue her passion here in Limerick and share all the knowledge she has accumulated.

 

Dance Club for Tots (3-4yrs)

last: Sat 30 Jun '18

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. This lively class explores moving as a group, telling stories through movement, rhythm exercises and improvisation. 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!

Teacher: Fiona Marie Booth

Fiona is a voice and dance artist/teacher based in Limerick. She graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with an MA in Festive Arts and a BA (Hons) in Voice and Dance, specialising in contemporary dance. Fiona has gained considerable experience internationally, having studied Kinesiology at California State University where she practised jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance, and having taught at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York as part of Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. More recently, Fiona has been teaching and performing both music and dance in Limerick City.

Saturdays from 19 May 2018 11am-11:45am | Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €50 for 6 week term (inc. booking fee)

Dance Club for Tots (2yrs)

last: Sat 30 Jun '18

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.

This lively class explores moving as a group, telling stories through movement, rhythm exercises and improvisation. 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!

Teacher: Fiona Marie Booth

Fiona is a voice and dance artist/teacher based in Limerick. She graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with an MA in Festive Arts and a BA (Hons) in Voice and Dance, specialising in contemporary dance. Fiona has gained considerable experience internationally, having studied Kinesiology at California State University where she practised jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance, and having taught at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York as part of Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. More recently, Fiona has been teaching and performing both music and dance in Limerick City.

Ballet for Adults - Beginners

last: Thu 21 Jun '18

Ballet for Adults with Rebeca Mateos Morante

This class develops good posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and rhythm inherent both to Ballet as well as to a healthy body and mind. Ballet is not only a beautiful dance discipline, it also promotes the development of mental concentration and memory recall, together with body toning, strengthening and elongation of the muscular structure.

Participants will learn basic ballet positions and patterns in a traditional structured class, consisting of a warm up, barre and centre exercises, and finally a relaxing warm down routine, incorporating improvised movements to music.

About Rebeca Mateos

Morante Rebeca Mateos Morante has toured extensively both with the critically acclaimed Compañía Elvira Andrés led by the ex-director of the National Ballet of Spain, and as Flamenco soloist with the international dance phenomenon Riverdance. She has worked with many prestigious choreographers, having performed one of the last productions of the famous Bodas de Sangre under the direction of its celebrated choreographer, the late Antonio Gades. Rebeca forms part of the last generation of professional dancers to have trained at the renowned Centro Coreográfico Mariemma in Madrid incorporating extensive professional conservatory training in Classical Ballet, Bolero School, Spanish Stylised Dance, Spanish Folk Dances and Flamenco. In ballet alone she has trained under renowned masters such as Julia Estévez, Carmina Ocaña, Nadine Boisaubert and Patricia Crosbie, among others.

Rebeca is currently studying for her PhD at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance where she guest lectures in both theoretical and performance based modules. A philosophy graduate with a first class honours Masters in Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies, her own academic research output includes conference presentations, publications and choreographies that explore themes associated with her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis “The Dancer in the Mirror: Body Identity and Body Motion in Danza Española”.

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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