Mentorship Programme for Dance Artist and Dance Producer
Fri 17 Dec '21

DANCE BUILDING BLOCKS: Call out for a Dance Artist and Dance Producer to join a new mentorship scheme February – July 2022

This is a unique opportunity for a Dance Artist and a Dance Producer to each further their career with the guidance and support of experienced professionals complemented by a programme of workshops and training.

DANCE BUILDING BLOCKS welcomes all people to apply, particularly artists/producers with disabilities and those from ethnically diverse communities, including—but not limited to—Black, Eastern European, Roma, Mincéir/Traveller, Asian, Latinx, or of a migrant background.

Gwen Van Spÿk (producer with Junk Ensemble, Luke Murphy/ Attic Projects, Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company) and Pádraig Heneghan (producer with United Fall and Jean Butler), funded by an Arts Council Capacity Building Scheme, have come together to create a six-month paid Mentorship Programme for a Dance Artist and Dance Producer called Dance Building Blocks.

The scheme will run from February - July 2022 and is focused on increasing the practical knowledge, skills and experience of realising dance projects from a producing perspective. The mentees will work with both producers on their existing clients' projects in terms of planning and delivering productions. In addition, they will be able to attend rehearsals and technical periods of the above companies' work as well as shadowing any productions of Ballet Ireland and Catherine Young during the period. They will also take part in workshops that experts will give to the above independent companies in the following areas:

- Financial/ Company Secretarial
- HR issues
- Digital development
- Contracts and Rights
- Public engagement and audience development
- Diversity and inclusion

Finally, they will take an active part in the evaluation of the programme. The Mentors will meet with the Mentees at the outset to plan their individual programme of work, taking into consideration the Mentees own aims and where they are based so that activity reflects what they will most benefit from at this point in their career.

It is expected that the programme will take, on average, a day a week over the six months and each of the participants will be paid an overall fee of €4,500 for their time. There is a budget to support travel expenses that may be incurred by the agreed programme of activity.

Who are DANCE BUILDING BLOCKS looking for?

- A Producer and an Artist who are each 2 or 3 years into their career and who have been responsible for delivering at least one professional project in that time.
- Have access to your own laptop, phone and a space to work from.
- Be conversant with core applications and software e.g. Microsoft word and Excel.

What do I need to do to apply?

Please respond in whichever format you feel is most appropriate to your practice. If responding in writing please do so in 500 words or less and if audio recorded or filmed (may include images), please keep to 3 minutes. Responses should share with us why you want to be part of this programme; this may include consideration of the following:

- Why should you be chosen?
- What would be the expected impact on your career of the programme?
- What would be the benefit on your practice?
- What have you done to date?
- What are your own strengths and weaknesses?
- What can you offer if chosen to be on the programme?


- Please email your response to by 10am on Monday, 10 January 2022.
- Shortlisting: week of 10 January 2022.
- Meetings (virtual and/or in-person): week of 17 January 2022.
- Announcement of the successful candidates: week of 24 January 2022.
- Programme starts 1 February 2022.
- Both producers along with two advisors (a producer and dance artist) will make the final

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Gwen and Pádraig on:

Fri 17 Dec '21


MOVING WITH ART is a dance and visual art collaboration designed for primary schools. The project is led by DL.BRIDGE Curator Philippa Donnellan, and Limerick City Gallery Learning Coordinator Brendan Egan.

MOVING WITH ART is intended to excite young people’s interest in the visual arts and to ignite enthusiasm for movement and the art form of dance. Taking inspiration from the artwork from current exhibitions at Limerick City Gallery, each project offers a unique sensory experience and a chance for young people to use their minds and bodies to explore, learn and respond to art.

Designed to encourage a cross-curricular and collaborative approach, class teachers are invited to work alongside the artists throughout the project, in order to guide the young people through this artistic journey of discovery.

Each MOVING WITH ART project involves 1 class group and their teacher. It takes place at Limerick City Gallery of Art and/or Dance Limerick and includes 4-5 creative workshops and a final informal presentation.

For more information about MOVING WITH ART please contact: DL.Bridge Curator Philippa Donnellan –

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Fri 17 Dec '21


YARD DUETS is an interactive dance performance specially designed for residents in care settings, which toured to Limerick nursing homes in November 2021.

YARD DUETS was devised and performed by top class dance duos Kristyn Fontanella and Laura Lundy, and Rachel Sheil and Sarah Fennell. Each performance came with bags of energy and plenty of pzazz, and was a colourful affair of joyful dances and characterful routines set to a medley of classic music. 

YARD DUETS was presented in either an indoor or outdoor space as preferred by each care home. All performances were interactive and informal – and offered plenty of opportunity for everyone to watch and listen, or sing along and dance as desired.

Come rain or shine, YARD DUETS is a dance performance that can take place on your doorstep!

If you are interested in booking a performance of YARD DUETS in 2022, please email

YARD DUETS is a Dance Limerick/DL.BRIDGE project, funded by Creative Ireland and Limerick City and County Council through Creative Ireland Creativity In Older Age Funding 2021.

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Professional Morning Classes
Fri 17 Dec '21

As part of her role as Associate Artist with Dance Limerick and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín has curated a series of classes and workshops for professional dance artists and advanced students. The series will be hosted by guest facilitators.

The classes have an improvisatory thread running throughout, with each teacher brings insights and explorations from their improvisatory practice. The series begins on 12 January 2022.

The classes are €7 each to attend, or free for Studio Friend subscribers.


Maria Svensson | Wednesdays 12, 19, 26 January | Info here.

Angie Smalis | Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 February | Info here.

Mary Nunan | Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March | Info here.

Open call to BIRCA residencies
Thu 02 Dec '21

Open call to BIRCA’s residencies for 2022 with a focus on island identity, gender and nature.

Bækkelund International Residency Center for Artists is a work space for artists and artistic development placed in rural and inspiring surroundings on the Danish island Bornholm.

The three residency initiatives supported by the Statens Kunstfond are:




All travel, accommodation and food expenses are covered, in addition to which a fee of DKK 10,000 is paid to each group with 2-3 participants for the entire period.

Deadline: 20 December 2021

Questions about all residencies should be directed to Susanne Danig

Full Application Details here.

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STEP UP Open Call 2022
Fri 15 Oct '21

Open Call for Recent Dance Graduates/Recent Dance Professionals | Deadline Friday 26 November 2021

STEP UP is a project of professional development for recent dance graduates or equivalent early-career dance professionals. It aims to connect participants 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. It 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.

We’re looking for dancers born or resident in Ireland who graduated in 2019 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 2019, 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. Previous Step Up participants who match the criteria above are eligible to apply again. We’re recruiting up to five dancers for this programme.

In 2022, the programme has three core elements and an optional fourth.


A Performance in Context project with choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir to develop a new work in Limerick.   Building on Fearghus’s work with communities of place and of interest, the dance-making will be supported by a process of reflection on the opportunities, challenges, ethics and aesthetics of dance-making in context or in collaboration with a community. This reflection will also include conversations with other choreographers and experienced performers to explore a range of approaches and to encourage you to think about what role you have as a dance artist when making work in this way.  

Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Choreographer (Ireland). Fearghus Ó Conchúir is Curator of the STEP UP Dance Project from 2022-24.  He is a dance artist who frequently collaborates with practitioners from other disciplines and is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world.


Finola Cronin is Emeritus Assistant Professor in The School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.  Finola danced in Germany with Vivienne Newport in TAT Frankfurt, and with Pina Bausch in Wuppertal, and with many other choreographers including Raimund Hoghe in Düsseldorf and the Liz Roche Company in Dublin.  Finola’s workshop will focus on her involvement with German Tanztheater.

Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf is a Nigerian/Irish performer based between Dublin and Brussels. Trained mainly in dance and physical theatre, Mufutau regularly works with Brussels company Ultima Viz and is known to Irish artists and audiences through his work with Irish choreographer John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre and through his own choreography.  Mufutau will lead a workshop focusing on Ultima Vez repertoire which he has been involved in devising and how it relates to his own creative practice.


Independent dance artists often have to make their own opportunities, to manage their careers and build networks.  The Personal Development aspect of the Step Up programme aims to give participants a broad toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path.  Activities will be arranged online and will include: 

Career skills - a series of workshops designed to support early career dancers in the practicalities of making a career in dance: topics will include self-employment, contracts, application writing, CV development.

Coaching – each participant will receive 2 x 45 minute sessions with a personal coach.


All five participants will have an opportunity to audition / interview for one of three paid placements. The placements will be offered by John Scott, Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall; and Liz Roche, Artistic Director of Liz Roche Dance Company. The placements will be for a paid two-week period during the Research and Development process for new work.


- Thursday 13 January 2022: Audition in Limerick
- Tuesday 19 April - Saturday 28 May 2022: Training/Rehearsal/Performance
- Week commencing 6 June: 3 days Online Personal Development Activities
- September 2022 (dates tbc): 2 days Online Personal Development Activities


Covid Protocols: Dance Limerick will operate all of the appropriate protocols necessary at the time of participation, to minimize risk of infection. In any event, participants will be housed in an apartment together and will operate as a bubble. Should it be necessary, we may ask you to limit your outside contacts for the duration of the contract.  This will be made clear prior to the start date.

Rehearsals: Take place in Limerick 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.  Different hours may be required in the lead up to the performance(s) but will not exceed the regular daily total.

Artists' Fee: Five selected dancers will receive a weekly fee of €650 over 7 weeks, along with accommodation for the period 18 April – 28 May. The fee is payable on receipt of two invoices. Participants will be responsible for their own living expenses, travel costs to and from Limerick, and for incidental travel while in Limerick.

Time Commitment: Participants must be available on an exclusive basis to take advantage of the full programme. We will agree the dates for the online personal development programme before you have to sign the contract.


Please send your CV and a personal statement outlining your motivation to be involved in Step Up along with a weblink to a 1 minute improvisation.  Your personal statement can be written (100 words max.) or in video form (1 minute max. submitted as a weblink)

Applications should be submitted in one pdf, as an email attachment, to include cv, personal statement and weblink.  Please note individual video files and documents linked to Google drive cannot be accepted. 


The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26 November to with Step Up Application in the subject line.  

The programme is committed to equality of opportunity, supports and encourages under-represented groups and values diversity.  We guarantee an interview to any dancer with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the opportunity.   To be eligible for the guaranteed interview, you must have a disability or long term health condition which puts you at a significant disadvantage in either obtaining or keeping jobs. The disability could be physical, sensory or mental and expected to last for at least 12 months. You do not have to be registered as a disabled person to apply under this scheme. 

If you have additional access needs please get in touch with us at

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STEP UP Artistic Curator
Fri 01 Oct '21

STEP UP Dance Project is thrilled to announce its new artistic curator; choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir.

Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a renowned dance artist who frequently collaborates with practitioners from other disciplines and is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world.

His film and live performances, presented around the world, create frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together. His multi-platform work, The Casement Project, was one of the Arts Council’s National Projects for Ireland 2016 and was also part of the Ireland 2016 International Programme and of the 14-18now programme of WWI Centenary Art Commissions.

As well as being the current deputy chair of the Arts Council of Ireland, from 2018-2020 Fearghus was Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales, he was the first Ireland Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, and is a former board member of; The BBC Performing Arts Fund, Project Arts Centre, Dance Digital, Create and Dance Ireland.

Fearghus Ó Conchúir says of his appointment as STEP UP artistic curator: ‘It’s been a difficult period for dance artists, particularly new graduates. For that reason, I’m really looking forward to working with STEP UP to support a new generation of dance talent to connect to the artistic and wider community in Ireland.’

About STEP UP Dance Project

STEP UP is a programme of professional development for recent dance graduates from Ireland or based in Ireland. It introduces audiences in Ireland to a group of fresh dance talent that will enrich the country’s dance ecology for years to come. It is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and the Arts Council.

Since STEP UP began in 2011, the project has helped 64 talented young dance graduates to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice, and to assist them in building networks that support a professional career.

STEP UP exists to support the development of skilled dance artists to contribute to the growing dance ecology in Ireland and to help affirm the place of dance in the country’s cultural, social and political life. The programme is committed to equality of opportunity, supports and encourages under-represented groups and values diversity.

Details of the STEP UP 2022 Open Call coming Wednesday 6 October.

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Associate Artist 2021/2022
Wed 29 Sep '21

Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick are thrilled to announce our incoming Associate Artist for 2021/2022 is Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a dance artist based in Cork, Ireland. Her primary focus is on place-based and site-specific work manifesting in film and live performance. She seeks to question how the human body engages with the Earth in a way that gives agency to both.

Siobhán enjoys collaborative and multi-disciplinary work and has created alongside poets, actors, singers, geologists, boat-builders and musicians. She has also worked with a range of community groups with a special focus on primary school aged children. She was Dance Artist in Residence, Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne Co Chorcaí 2018-2020 funded by Arts Council, Cork County Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and kindly supported by Ionad Cultúrtha. She is a recipient of the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award (2018).

She says about the role 'I'm delighted to be Associate Artist with Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Both Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance have contributed significantly to my development as an artist throughout the years. I look forward to continuing to build my relationships with them and the people they engage with.'

Read about our upcoming Coffee Morning hosted by Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín on Thursday 21 October here

Read more about Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance's Associate Artist Programme here.

Open Call for Young People in Limerick
Fri 17 Sep '21

Open Call for Children aged 8-11 years based in Limerick to take part in an art performance as part of Light Moves Festival

Dance Limerick seeks to recruit 9 young people interested in creativity and the arts to take part in a collaborative, intimate performance called Blind Cinema on Sunday 26 September.

The event is a screening of a film where the audience sits blindfolded, with 9 young people seated behind, each take turns in describing the film and imagery. 

During the performance, the young narrators then choose their very own personal way of describing. Blind Cinema examines ideas around language and interpretation, along with the potential for discrepancies, ruptures and (mis)communication!

Based on the method of Audio Description, Blind Cinema makes the experience of watching a film into a shared investment: a collaboration between young people and adults. 

Children should be available to attend: 

- Workshop with Aoife O’Brien on Saturday 25 September, 11am-1pm at Dance Limerick, 1 & 2 John’s Square.
- Rehearsal at Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street on Sunday 26 September 12pm
- Performance at Belltable, Sunday 26 September 1-2pm

If you are interested in taking part in this free event, please contact Emer Casey at or ph 061 400 994.

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Dance Clubs for Young People
Wed 08 Sep '21

Please read and be familiar with Dance Limerick's Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines before booking a class or event, find them here.

Our Dance Clubs introduce the excitement and wonder of dance to young people through movement, creativity, learning and play.

The classes aim to develop a dancer's ability with skills and technique while nurturing the creative possibilities within every young person. We believe dance provides both physical and intellectual benefits, that will enrich the lives of our students. Young people are encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence, self esteem and fitness.

These fun and active classes are led by our experienced tutors who teach modern dance styles to pop music and lots of familiar hits.

Winter 2022 Timetable starting Saturday 22 January

Dance Club for Tots (2-4yrs) 10am | More Info SOLD OUT

Dance Club for Tots (2-4yrs) 11am | More info SOLD OUT

Dance Club for 5-8yrs | More Info SOLD OUT

Dance Club for 9-14yrsMore Info


Important Information around Covid-19 & Health and Safety Updated 19.10.2021 following government announcement: 

The health and safety of our audience, visitors, artists, staff and volunteers is a priority.

- Class Groups will be split into pods of 6 participants before the term begins. When in the studio and other Dance Limerick buildings, participants must stay within their pods and maintain a 2 metre social distance of other pods.
- Windows in the studio will remain open for the duration of, and between, classes to ensure adequate ventilation.
- Temperature checks will be taken as young people enter the building.
- Young people must use the hand disinfectant as they enter the building, and before they leave.
- Young people under the age of 9yrs are exempt from wearing a face mask, however they are welcome to wear one while in class if they are more comfortable that way.
- Parents / guardians should drop off the young person no earlier than 10 minutes before class begins at the front door of Dance Limerick.
- Parents / guardians are not permitted to wait in the foyer area during class (apart from the Tots class where 1 parent / guardian who will stay with the participant in the studio).
- Class participants, teachers and staff are asked to remain at home and contact their GP if they are a close contact of someone who is showing of symptoms of, or has a confirmed case of, Covid-19.
- All Dance Limerick events follow Government and HSE guidelines.
- By booking this event, you acknowledge and take responsibility for your own health screening, and that of the class participant. You agree to comply with government directives, and you will not attend this event if you are unwell.
- We will continue to follow government guidelines, and we will update our website and social media channels on a regular basis.
- Alternatively contact our box office team with any queries on / 061 400 994.

Full Guidelines available here

Mon 12 Jul '21

Artistic support is fundamental to the development of dance artists and the dance sector. It is a priority for us and our partners: Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane and Galway Dance Project.

To this end, earlier this year, we announced the National Dance Residency Partnership (NDRP), a partnership initiative between Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane and Galway Dance Project to provide a networked support to a choreographer in the production of new dance work.

Following an open call, we are delighted to announce the recipient is Yasmin Mello, who will invest the support in developing her new work MarbleFace, with collaborator Ciarán Lawless, before it premieres later this year.

'I am delighted to have been awarded the National Dance Residency Partnership. Knowing that I will have not only the time and space but full support of some of the most important dance organisations in Ireland to create this piece gives me the strength and courage to continue to pursue a career in arts in Ireland. This is a pivotal moment in my career in which I am for the first time leading my own research to develop a full-length piece and I feel truly honoured to have been selected as the first recipient of this programme.' - Yamsin Mello

By coming together, the partners acknowledge that our collective infrastructure and resources can go further and encourage more ambition in the dance sector. Each partner will contribute financially and/or in-kind space to develop work, which will allow for up to six weeks rehearsal time across the country; in addition to support from artistic staff and accommodation support.

We are also pleased that Tipperary Dance Platform will be joining the Partners to support Yasmin Mello's NDRP award with a Pro-Development bursary to attend the TDP’21 Spotlight Ireland two-day event at TDP’21 International Dance Festival.

About Yasmin

Yasmin Mello is a Dublin based choreographer, director, performer, researcher and a dance and pilates instructor. She started her training from a young age and has always been interested in learning movement from a wide range of perspectives and dance artists having trained with important national and international names including Nora Esteves, Yelle Bittencourt, Alex Neoral, Esther Weitzman, Maria Alice Pope, Tadej Bdrnik, Deborah Colker, among others. Since arriving in Ireland Yasmin has continued to train and improve her skills by engaging with artists like Steve Batts, Sarah Jane Scaife, John Scott, Mihaela Griveva, Amanda Coogan, Loretta Yurick and Robert Connor.

Read more about Yasmin here.

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Aerowaves 2021 Open Call
Wed 23 Jun '21

Become an Aerowaves Artist, apply now!

Aerowaves Europe is looking for twenty talented emerging choreographers based in Europe.

You can now apply to become a Twenty22 artist with the opportunity to have your work presented at the Spring Forward festival in May 2022 in Elefsina (Greece), and also by many of our Aerowaves partners around Europe.

Deadline: Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 5pm.

Notice the change in this year’s eligibility criteria: Your work must have been made in 2020 or 2021 – we are not accepting works made before this time.

Sounds interesting?

Find more information and the application form here.

For further queries, please contact



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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