Resources for Artists (Archive)

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.

Morning Class with Matt Szczerek

last: Wed 26 Feb '20

The warm up will consist of awareness building exercises creating state of readiness for the body using geometry of movement and basic physical structures in Hip Hop dance.

Class is suitable for intermediate/advanced levels but is open to all interested in Hip Hop.  Contemporary dancers are encouraged to attend, as the floorwork aspect of the class will be of particular interest as a complimentary practice.

In main body of the class we will be working on rhythm and understanding of music, isolations, groove, floorwork, social aspect of the culture, party dances and history of hip hop.

Professional Workshop with Lina Gómez

last: Sat 08 Feb '20

From her background in traditional dances from Brazil and Colombia,Contemporary Dance, Somatic practices and Improvisation techniques, Lina Gómez was able to discover and research her own unique teaching methods.

Since 2008 she has taught dance and movement workshops in Colombia, Brazil, Portugal,Poland, India, Turkey and Germany and is currently a guest teacher at the Inter-University Centre for Dance HZT in Berlin.

Classes suitable for professional dancers and advanced students.

Professional Workshop with Jesús Rubio Gamo

last: Fri 07 Feb '20

Jesús Rubio Gamo is an independent dancer and choreographer based in Madrid. After studying ballet, contemporary dance, theatre and literature, Jesús moved to London and completed an MA in choreography at London Contemporary Dance School.

In his work Jesús likes to explore small variations and details inside repetition, to look at the rhythmic possibilities of simple actions within movement and dance.

Classes suitable for professional dancers and advanced students.

The High Kicks. Photo by Shane Vaughan

Over 50s Dance Project

last: Thu 23 Jan '20

Please note that due to government regulations for COVID 19, all classes have been postponed. For any queries, please contact

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 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!

Morning Class with Catherine Young

last: Wed 29 Jan '20

Catherine’s classes are highly physical and technical and incorporate much 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.


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 18 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


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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