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Step Up: Dance Project 2023

Open Call for Early Career Dance Professionals

Deadline: Monday 7 November 2022

Step Up Dance is a programme of professional development for recent dance graduates or equivalent early-career dance professionals.  We’re looking for dancers born or resident in Ireland who graduated in 2020 or since then and who are interested in being part of a paid professional development programme.  You’re also eligible, if your professional dancing career has started since 2020 but you have come through other training routes that didn’t involve graduation.  This is an opportunity for dancers in the early stages of their professional career.  If you are only starting your career or graduating in 2023 you are not eligible.  Previous Step Up participants who match the criteria above are eligible to apply again.  We’re recruiting up to five dancers for this programme.

Step Up wants to connect recent graduates to the range of practices and practitioners that make up Ireland’s dance ecology and to the international networks of dance in which we operate.   Curated by Fearghus Ó Conchúir and delivered under the guidance of Rehearsal Director, Lucia Kickham, the programme is focused on developing artists as performers while recognising the creativity necessary in the performer’s work.  Dance artists rely on a range of skills including technical competence, improvisational facility, the ability to process input from a variety of creative stimuli, alongside a capacity to perform and engage with audiences and publics in different circumstances.  We’re hoping you’ll come with some of those skills and with an appetite to develop them further.

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

Further information about Step Up and how to apply is available to download

Step Up Open Call 2023






7 November 2022


Dance Limerick Studio, 1-2 John’s Square


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