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Contemporary Dance for Adult

CONTEMPORARY DANCE FOR ADULTS

last: Tue 06 Mar '18

The aim of these classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease.

Informed by postmodern dance and somatic principles, each class will begin with simple warm-up exercises and build progressively towards more expansive movement phrases which travel out into the space.

All of the activities are based on practices/techniques which will help to release tensions which limit the range of movement. This will, in turn, allow each person to move with greater clarity and efficiency, to regain a sense of the natural flow of their movement and to enjoy their own unique dancing body.

Dance Club for 9-14yrs

DANCE CLUB FOR 9-14YRS

last: Sat 10 Mar '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 13 Jan 2018
1pm-2pm
Dance Limerick Studio
Fee: €60.00 for 8 week term

Teacher: Rachel Sheil
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 fir 5-8yrs

DANCE CLUB FOR 5-8YRS

last: Sat 10 Mar '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.

Saturdays 13 Jan
12pm-12:45pm
Dance Limerick Studio
Fee: €60.00 for 8 week term

Dance Club for Tots

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

last: Sat 10 Mar '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 12 Jan 2018
11am-11:45am | Dance Limerick Studio
Fee: €60 for 8 week term (inc. booking fee)

Dance Club for Tots

DANCE CLUB FOR TOTS (2-4YRS) 10AM

last: Sat 10 Mar '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 12 Jan 2018
10am-10:45am | Dance Limerick Studio
Fee: €60 for 8 week term (inc. booking fee)

body / material with Maria F. Scaroni. Photo by Michéal Rowsome.

Body / Material: Workshop with Maria Scaroni

last: Wed 29 Nov '17

This laboratory suits anyone who is interested in the body as a site of knowledge, as a forest of symbols or simply as a phenomenon to be felt, visually, kinaesthetically and verbally. A certain stamina is required, but no specific skill, therefore it is open to any moving body.

Maria invites the participants to look and treat the body as material, addressing its organic functions and spiritual potential as well as its cultural implications. The nature of the approach is eclectic and sources from ‘chi’ cultivation techniques such as Qi Gong and Pranayama (breathing techniques), spine and limbs patterns explorations (body connectivity, proprioceptive systems), hands-on work (experimental body-alchemy teaching from Sara Shelton Mann) and elements of improvisation to transmute through different states.

STEP UP DANCE PROJECT REPERTORY PROGRAMME

last: Fri 10 Feb '17

Step Up Dance Project Repertory Programme sees past participants of Step Up Dance Project return to work closely with a renowned choreographer, gaining a concentrated insight into their creative processes, culminating in a performance sharing of their work.

This year, participants have a fantastic opportunity to work with one of Ireland's best known choreographers, David Bolger, on #somethingoldnew, a physical conversation taking its starting point from Bolger's repertoire and his work with CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

This piece asks: Can dance made in the past speak to us now? In a danced dialogue through a lens of the present day, with artists of the future, movement phrases will be reformed, re-shaped and framed by new bodies, minds and spirits. #somethingoldnew connects us with the past to converse with the future.

There will be a performance sharing of #somethingoldnew at Dance Limerick on Saturday 11 February at 5pm.

Admission is FREE but booking essential. Please click on right to book.

LIV O'DONOGHUE IN RESIDENCE

last: Fri 25 Nov '16

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome Liv O’Donoghue for an artist residency.

“During my residency I will undertake a period of self-directed research to explore how I make my movement decisions and question how I choose to express them in a way that can most benefit the changing creative processes that I engage with in my arts practice. Having worked as a dancer for many different choreographers and companies over the past eight years, I have identified a need to evolve my practice as a performer and interpreter to adapt to changing times, and my changing abilities as a dancer”.

DOWN THE WELL: 5RHYTHMS WEEKEND WITH ALEX MACKAY, LIVE MUSIC FROM JOE CASWELL

last: Sun 09 Oct '16

Seeking fluidity in the softening of Flowing Seeking clarity in the beat of Staccato Seeking freedom in the release of Chaos Seeking delight in the beauty of Lyrical Seeking peace in the aliveness of Stillness.

Alex Mackay is a dancer and artist, who is known for light and depth in her teaching, using few well-chosen words, and opening a sense of wonder. She is embodied, energetic and creative, and loves to dance with the group. She is strongly connected to the birthplace of her teaching in Manchester and Liverpool, where community continues to spring from the 5 Rhythms classes there, 20 years later. Gabrielle Roth called her Raven Sister.

Joseph Caswell is a dazzling musician who has played music for 5 Rhythms for many years on unique percussion rigs and instruments from all around the world. He has played for Gabrielle Roth and Jonathan Horan. Playing music professionally since the age of 13, he has also investigated ancient tunes and sounds and made instruments himself.

Alex and Joe create transformative events with the pulse of the city and out in the wilds. They live in the woods of West Wales with their rock’n’roll son and their feisty pixie daughter.

Sat 8 Oct: 1pm-7pm & Sun 9 Oct: 11am-5pm Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) Fee for the two days: Early Bird Rate €100 before 25 July Standard Rate: €140/€120 (unwaged)

To book, email Jenny Fahy at: 5rhythms@jennyfahy.com Tel: +353 (0)86 3123429 For further details, see Jenny Fahy website (link on right) or the Facebook page for this event (link on right)

Breandán de Gallaí IN RESIDENCE

last: Fri 07 Oct '16

Breandán de Gallaí will be in residence at Dance Limerick, Mon 3 - Fri 7 October.

Breandán's new work-in-progress, Being Single, addresses being unattached in the modern digital age of internet dating, smartphones and, consequently, our constructed and imagined identities. A tale of uploaded personal profiles more in line with who we think we should be, rather than who we really are.

STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2016

last: Thu 25 Aug '16

Five exceptional dancers have been selected to work with renowned choreographer Lea Anderson on Step Up Dance Project 2016.

The successful dancers, selected from a competitive Open Call earlier this year, are:

  • Sibéal Davitt
  • Millie Daniel-Dempsey
  • Lisa Hogan
  • Emily Kilkenny Roddy
  • Rachel Sheil

Step Up: Dance Project is an intensive dance project which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is open to recent dance graduates, selected via a competitive screening process.

The 2016 project runs from 2-27 August. Following four weeks of intensive classes and rehearsals, Step Up will culminate in the performance of an engaging new contemporary dance work, directed by Lea Anderson, which will also tour to Galway, Cork and Dublin. Performances will take place over the last days of the project.

Guest dance teachers will also work with the participants over the five week period. Now in its sixth year, Step Up 2016 sees an expanded programme which will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland. This new expanded programme includes the following elements:

  • Creation & Performance
  • Repertory Programme
  • Dancers as Entrepreneurs
  • Personal Development

Step Up is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.

Performances: Dance Limerick: Wed 24 August Galway: 25 Aug Firkin Crane, Cork: 26 Aug DanceHouse, Dublin: 27 August

Fragments, by Sheena Kelly

SHEENA KELLY IN RESIDENCE AT DANCE LIMERICK

last: Fri 08 Jul '16

Sheena Kelly comes to Dance Limerick to develop her work Whispers, an integrated piece for four dancers; Sheena herself and Linda Fearon from Northern Ireland, and Lisa Cahill and Deirdre Corry from Limerick. The work explores disjointed spaces and weaves together stories, vocals and movements to engage the audience in every breath and whisper.

Residency: Mon 28 June - Fri 08 July

Integrated Dance Workshops: Tues 28 June & Tues 05 July, 10am-12pm

Sharing: Fri 08 July, 1pm

Image: Fragments, by Sheena Kelly
Dancers: Linda Fearon & Helen Hall

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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