Resources for Artists (Archive)

Dance Club for Tots


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.


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.


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”.


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: 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.


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


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


last: Fri 17 Jun '16

Mary-Jo Gilligan and Jessica Kelly are in Dance Limerick on a short residency to develop 'A Dancer Drowned', a project about movement and immersion in an interconnected world.

The work centres around the mysterious event described in the title, and is evolving through experiments with collaborative writing and internet imagery, as well as the aesthetics and philosophy of dance.

About Mary-Jo Gilligan

Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Dublin. Her work is typically site specific and participatory, usually performative, often collaborative and is deeply influenced by an interest in public art, relational processes and somatic practice. Since completing studies in the University of Ljubljana and NCAD Dublin, Gilligan has worked with the following commissioning bodies: Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site, RGKSKSRG, Culturstruction and Dublin City Council. She has also undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Gilligan was the recipient of a studio residency at IMMA 2012/13. Recent work includes Our Listening Field for Foaming at the Mouth Phoenix Park, 2015.

About Jessica Kelly

Jessica Kelly defines her work simply as ‘moving images’. For her, video may be a complex screendance or as simple as a two-frame loop. She also works with performance and text. Collaboration is a frequent feature of her practice, which is influenced by the visual paradigms and implications of the internet, VJ culture and dance. Jessica completed her Masters in KASK (Ghent) in 2014 and graduated from Media in NCAD in 2007. From 2009-10 she was a resident artist of Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick). At present she is based in Dublin, where she is a member of the artist-led initiative Ormond Studios and facilitates LUX Critical Forum. This month her work will be exhibited in 'Homeland Video Loop' at Damer House Gallery in Tipperary and she will also host '(phe)NOM(e)NON' at the Guesthouse Project in Cork, with Chloe Brennan and Irene Murphy.


last: Fri 10 Jun '16

Dance Limerick welcomes Canadian choreographer Lin Snelling and Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools.

Rewriting Distance is an interdisciplinary, improvised performance practice developed by Lin Snelling and Guy Cools. It creates a space for the word 'story' to be condensed, fragmented and re-told through cycles of dancing, speaking, reading, writing and watching.

"For the Dance Limerick residency we will be joined once again by choreographer/ dancer Mary Nunan and for the first time with singer Óscar Mascareñas, poet Jo Slade and filmmaker and dance artist Mary Wycherley. We look forward to returning for this residency, as it offers occasions to revisit and collaborate with dancers and artists from the Irish community. What does it mean to return? Our guests are also invited to ask their own questions inside the Rewriting Distance form".

Guy Cools: Guy Cools is a dance dramaturg. Recent positions include Associate Professor at the research institute Arts in Society in Tilburg, and Guest Professor at Ghent University. He has worked as a dance critic and curator and as a production dramaturg, with amongst others Koen Augustijnen (BE), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE), Danièle Desnoyers (CA), Lia Haraki (CY), Akram Khan (UK), Arno Schuitemaker (NL), and Stephanie Thiersch (DE). His most recent publications include The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts (2014); Body: Language (2012), and In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (2015). (101 words)

Lin Snelling: Lin Snelling’s performance, writing and teaching are based in the qualities improvisation can offer as it applies to dance, theatre, and somatic practice. She toured the world extensively as a performer with Carbone 14 and worked with many improvisation ensembles. As an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta she is presently teaching dance, experiential anatomy and composition. Her most recent dance collaborations are Performing Book with visual artist Shelagh Keeley at MoMA (New York), the Power Plant (Toronto) and Vancouver Art Gallery (2014-15). She works with choreographer Tedi Tafel and was part of Every Day, Life World and the Calendar Project in Montreal.


last: Sat 11 Oct '14

Dance Limerick Residencies 2015 | Closing Date 10 October 2014 Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2015 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. Aims The Residency aims to provide: 1. professional dance artists with space and some support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work 2. local dance professionals with opportunities for interaction and networking The selection is competitive and the selection panel will choose artists who can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the professional dance community. Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to: a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick b) engage with local non-dance communities e.g. through conversations or research workshops, possibly leading to the making of new collaborative work As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through a talk. First Fridays, an initiative of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL, is now well established in Limerick and this forum provides the opportunity for artists to share and talk about their work with like-minded professionals and advanced dance students. As the name suggests, this forum meets on the First Friday of each month and we try to programme residencies at Dance Limerick to coincide with these dates. Both Dance Limerick and the studios at UL are accessible to wheelchair users.

 Proposals will be assessed by a panel on the basis of the criteria in the attached information sheet. Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 10 October 2014


last: Wed 25 Jun '14

Limerick Youth Dance is a dance group open to young people aged 15-25. We are seeking people who have a passion for dance, a desire to learn new skills and an interest in choreography and performance to join the group.

Limerick Youth Dance acts as a catalyst bringing young people and professional artists together in a stimulating and lively environment. Based at the Dance Limerick Studio in the centre of Limerick, and co-ordinated and led by Choreographer Angie Smalis, Limerick Youth Dance offers each person experience of working collaboratively to devise and make original dance. From time to time, the group will work with guest choreographers and teachers as well as professional artists in other mediums such as film and the visual arts. Work will be made for stage and screen, and is designed for a range of events and settings.

To join Limerick Youth Dance and any of its projects, it is important you are able to make the commitment. Additional rehearsals will take place at weekends closer to the time of performances.

As a member of Limerick Youth Dance you will
• Work with a professional choreographer
• Learn basic skills in contemporary dance and improvisation techniques
• Develop fitness and exploration of the body
• Develop awareness of space, levels, directions, size and timing
• Enjoy movement and its potential
• Collaborate with other young dance artists
• Create and perform short dance pieces

Members of Dance Limerick can also benefit from the following:

• Contemporary Dance classes at Dance Limerick throughout the year for the reduced price of €6 per class
• Outings to join in work with other companies or to see their work on stage
• Discounted tickets to see dance at Dance Limerick and the Lime Tree Theatre
• Work experience in performance, stage management, costume etc
• Training and career advice is also available.

All fees are payable on deciding to join and are non-refundable following the first audition/taster class.

Audition/taster class is free of charge.

Applying to Limerick Youth Dance
To join you must submit an application form and
1. be between 15 and 25 years old
2. be available for workshops on Wednesdays 6.00 – 8.00 pm in Limerick City
3. be willing to devote time to projects, performances, outings, festivals
4. pass an audition

The current term concludes on 25th June. Limerick Youth Dance returns after the summer on 3rd September.


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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