Step Up dance project celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020 and has commissioned three past participants to make a new solo work to present at What Next Dance Festival in 2021.
The commission, open to all 58 previous participants of Step Up from 2011 – 2020, offers the successful artists support in developing a new solo work in collaboration with another dancer from the programme.
The three commissioned artists and their collaborators are:
The artists will receive a commission fee of €5,000, a week-long production residency at Dance Limerick and will present their new work as part of a special Step-Up Platform at What Next Festival in Limerick in April 2021.
About Step Up Dance Project
Step Up dance project 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, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
It is an annual, intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for emerging dance artists who have completed their professional training within the last three years. Step Up enhances these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
Dance Limerick became a member of the European Dancehouse Network in 2020.
European Dancehouse Network is a network of trust and collaboration between 45 European dancehouses from 25 countries in Europe sharing a common vision regarding the development of dance art across borders, something we can’t do alone.
EDN believes that dance art is valued as an integral component of our everyday lives and culture, creatively contributing to the wellbeing of society and movement in itself, as the fundamental tissue of relatedness and empathy.
Together we aim to:
▪ Coordinate support for the mobility of artists, dance presentations and cultural production in Europe.
▪ Offer a broad range of opportunities for productive alliances with artists, producers, audiences and new publics.
▪ Progress and sustain the professional development for dance professionals and creative producers.
▪ Foster intercultural work and develop creative and social skills in multicultural teams.
▪ Create strong working tools for the future of the sector.
▪ Define an action plan towards the necessities of development, collaboration and recognition of dance as an art form.
▪ Develop the dialogue between EDN and EACEA/EU funding bodies and advocacy for dance in Europe.
▪ Develop research, knowledge and practices for audience engagement.
▪ Develop dialogues with dance houses and dance ecologies beyond Europe.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & OPPORTUNITIES
General Manager | Dance Ireland
Dance Ireland is seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly motivated General Manager to assume responsibility for the daily management of Dance Ireland, overseeing its programme, staff, and venue.
Closing 10am on 27 July | More info here.
Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre: Artists’ Residency Programme Open Call
Uillinn are currently seeking expressions of interest from dancers, choreographers and dance companies wishing to realise their work from idea to performance at Uillinn Dance Studio in 2021. They accept applications at both the research or production development phase of their work.
Closing 31 July | More info here.
Dance Project Award now accepting applications | Arts Council of Ireland
Applications for the Project Award are now open in dance, film, circus, literature, and many more categories. The dance award supports specific projects in the field of Dance commencing on or after 1 January 2022.
Closing 19 August | More info here.
National Dance Residency Partnership Recipient Announced
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.
More Info here.
Dance Ireland's Professional Dance Safety: Covid-19 Guidance for professional dancers
This guidance was commissioned by Dance Ireland and prepared by Peter Jordan of Slua Event Safety Consultancy, in consultation with Dance Ireland. It contains essential information to support a safe return to work in dance whilst living with COVID-19. It provides a detailed overview of current health and safety advice, information on how to create a safe environment for rehearsals and performance, and how to respond if a case of COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed in a cast or crew.
Read the document here.
Dance Think Tank Report
In July 2020, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, and Dublin Dance Festival hosted a series of Dance Think Tanks: in-depth conversations with 29 artists and industry professionals working across different areas of the dance sector on the island of Ireland. This research was facilitated by Dr Aoife McGrath who has compiled this report, found here.
Women & Work, The Contract
A creative performance project open to women aged 18 to 80+. Led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, produced in association with Dance Limerick as part of the new initiative DL.BRIDGE. Kindly supported through an Arts Participation Award 2020 from the Arts Council.
Taster Workshops on 14, 21 June & 12, 19 July | More info here.
Aerowaves is a network of partners from 33 countries across Europe, Dance Limerick joined the network in 2018. The partners represent and provide insights about their local and national dance scenes and the emerging talent there. At home, they promote Aerowaves opportunities within their dance community.
Aerowaves holds an annual open call for emerging choreographers working in geographic Europe who want to become one of the Aerowaves Twenty. We are delighted to announce this year's selected Aerowaves Twenty21 choreographers:
- Alexandros Stavropoulos with Cinderella's, Greece
- Anastasia Valsamaki with Body Monologue, Greece
- Adriano Bolognino/Anghiari Dance Hub with Gli Amanti – Anghiari Dance Hub, Italy
- Cécile Da Costa/ProFitArt with Roselyne, Czech Republic
- Emese Cuhorka & Csaba Molnár with Masterwork, Hungary
- Jenna Hendry & Matilda Bilberg with I U M I’ Switzerland/Sweden
- Lois Alexander with Neptune, The Netherlands
- Marta Cerqueira with SubLinhar, Portugal
- Laura - The Light of All and Go Go Dance Group Hot Tubes with Blondes, Finland
- Moritz Ostruschnjak with Tanzanweisungen (it won't be like this forever), Germany
- Poliana Lima with Things move but do not say Anything, Spain
- Ramona Nagabczyńska with Body Parts, Poland
- Rebecca Journo with La Ménagère – La Pieuvre, France
- Renae Shadler & Collaborators with SKIN, Germany
- Rhys Dennis & Waddah Sinada/FUBUNATION with Ruins, United Kingdom
- Rudi Cole & Julia Robert/Humanhood with Torus, United Kingdom/Spain
- Sabina Bockova & Johana Pockova with The Lion's Den, Czech Republic
- Su Güzey & Evrim Akyay with Kitty Kitty, Turkey
- Sung Im Her with Nutcrusher, United Kingdom
- Tereza Lenerová (Hradilková)/Floex and coll with Don’t stop, Czech Republic
Read more about the Twenty21 Artists and Aerowaves here.
30 November – 5 December / 14 – 18 December
Sarah is an emerging dance artist and has worked professionally as a dancer for the past ten years. She is now exploring her own choreographic voice with elements of traditional Irish Dance and contemporary dance. She hopes to use her period of support in Dance Limerick to develop her practice and journey in creating a symbiotic relationship with musicians and her own movement language. She will work with well renowned musicians Paddy Mulcahy (multi-instrumentalist and electronic musician and composer) and Claire Egan (traditional fiddle player, classical violinist, composer and PhD student at the University of Limerick).
She will also be mentored by highly established dance artists Liz Roche and Sibeal Davitt. At the end of her residency she hopes to show the work she has developed to a small number of people in Dance Limerick. This is the beginning of Sarah's choreographic journey and she is delighted to be able to use this period of support in her first steps of developing work with an ambition to make lots more work in the future.
16 - 26 November
During her Dance Limerick residencies Mary Wycherley is creating new work, Weathering. Mary will be joined by her collaborators writer Jools Gilson, singer and visual artists Ciara Conway, composer Jürgen Simpson and dance performers Justine Cooper and Aoife McAtamney. Weathering is a hybrid performance installation that reaches between disciplines to weave text, performance, visuals and sound. Funded by The Arts Council Of Ireland and Limerick City and County Council, presented in partnership with Dance Limerick and Project Arts Centre.
2 - 6 November
Rachel Sheil creates a duet with dancer Matt Szczerek and musician Gavan Bourke as part of the Associate Artist award with Dance Limerick. This duet explores imagination, loneliness and childlike innocence using the mediums of comic books, anime and animation to make movement. Contemporary dance, Hip-Hop and contact improvisation inform the work.
We are delighted to announce the participants in Make & Move 2020 at Dance Limerick.
Salma Ataya, Jack Bain, Máire Dee, Mia DiChiaro and Simone O'Toole were chosen from a competitive open call in July to join choreographer Catherine Young for a 2-week a two-week intensive in choreographic practice.
The programme will encourage critical engagement with personal practice from a theoretical and physical perspective. It allows a space for reflection on and development of each participant’s unique artistic voice and focuses on giving them new knowledge from outside experts of the practicalities of working as an independent choreographer.
Make & Move will also push the participants’ artistic boundaries and encourage new connections.
Flora Fauna Project is a production house rooted in dance and music led by choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller and composer/writer/video artist Stace Gill/The Sei.
Through all the work we do Flora Fauna Project wishes to welcome, engage and guide people onto a path of autonomy and empowerment. Our primary vocation is dance, liberating the imagination into play and collaboration with the body.
Dance is our instrument for change, and with our new initiative ROOM we want to highlight fellow artists who are inspiring our world and converting their experiences to the highest advantage of others (Buckminster Fuller). Flora Fauna Project addresses our growing disconnection with ourselves, the outdoors, with the wild and with each other. Our evolving practice and projects encourages and facilitates careful listening to ourselves and to one another. Through a process of guided dreaming and imagination, we nurture the space of the body, for all its stories, tensions and wounds. Our practice pays close attention to the body and leaves room for all imagination. This honest exploration builds trust in ourselves and each other, and this new understanding and experience of ourselves strengthens us and our communities.
ROOM will be an online series of events/talks and an exhibition space opening November 2020. We will give ROOM to artists speaking the truth through their art, and we welcome you all to a space for shared dialogue and ROOM to connect. First out we will highlight dance artists and projects that have a community focus. We are looking for artists and creatives who consider themselves both leaders and servants in our society.
Closing Thursday 1 October, see below document for full Application Details.
Updated Wednesday 1 December 2021.
The health and safety of our audience, visitors, artists, and staff is our priority. Dance Limerick has implemented health and safety procedures in line with government and HSE Covid-19 guidelines.
Please read these updates carefully when booking a class or performance or attending an event at Dance Limerick:
- Proof of EU Digital COVID Certificate (COVID-19 pass) (vaccine or recovery certificate) must be presented before entering the building (Accompanied children under 18yrs do not need to produce a Digital Covid Certificate)
- Face masks must be worn indoors by everyone over the age of 9yrs
Other Guidelines and Procedures:
- There are hand disinfectant dispensers located at the front door or each building, please use them upon entry
- Capacity in both venues has been reduced significantly with social distancing of 2m in place in shared spaces (foyer, studio etc.) and 1m in our seated venue (please note this is lessened when plexiglass screens are in use between seats)
- All areas and surfaces in our Studio and Church venues are regularly sanitised throughout the day
- Audience, class participants, performers and staff should stay at home and contact their GP if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19
Good practice you can undertake to promote a healthy environment:
The below recommendations are in line with Government and HSE guidelines:
- Wear a mask indoors and when social distancing is not possible, this includes young people aged over 9yrs (as per updated guidelines in November 2021)
- Keep a safe distance from others
- If you or a member of your party has a temperature or is feeling unwell, please visit us another time
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water
- Please keep your party together, especially if there are children in your group, to help maintain social distancing
- Please cough or sneeze into your elbow
Updates to Dance Limerick’s Booking Process:
- When you book your ticket or reserve a place in a class / workshop, we collect your name and email address for contact tracing
- For weekly class attendances, a Google form will need to be filled in every 2 weeks, this can be done on any phone, tablet or laptop. The form will be emailed to you on the week of class
- Performance tickets are purchased unallocated, a Dance Limerick staff member will show you seats before the show
- Dance Limerick operates a No Cash policy going forward, all classes and performance must be booked online.
- All performances and classes must be pre-booked, no walks ups permitted
- Please phone box office on 061 400 994 / email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to book a wheelchair space
Are you an emerging chorepgrapher based in Europe?
You can now apply to become a Twenty21 artist for the opportunity to have your work presented at the Spring Forward festival next year in Elefsina (Greece) on 6 - 9 May 2021, and also by 27 of our partners around Europe.
Read more about Aerowaves and becoming a Twenty21 Artist HERE.
Important change to application rules:
As usual, previous Aerowaves applicants, successful or unsuccessful, may apply again - but not with the same work. However, anyone that submitted a work in 2019 may apply again with that same work (or a new one) in 2020, due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by Covid-19.
Since the first Step Up in 2011, the project has featured 58 Emerging Artists, 18 Professional Choreographers, 34 Teachers and Coaches and 28 Public Performances.
On the project’s 10th Birthday, Step Up welcomes six promising young dancers to take part in an intensive programme of training, rehearsal, performance and development with renowned choreographers and coaches.
Step Up Dance Project is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. This year it once again plays host to some of the most promising recent contemporary dance graduates. Curated by International Choreographer and Director of Donlon Dance Collective Marguerite Donlon, this year brings a new format and fresh outlook for its latest iteration.
Following an open call early this year, six exceptional young dancers were chosen to take part in the project. They are Ellen Finlay, Dylan Holly, Nick Nikolaou, Niamh O’Flannagain, Hannah Rogerson and Eilise Sullivan. Scroll down for more info on this year's participants.
This year we are delighted to welcome our exciting creative team on board that includes choreographer Luke Murphy, contemporary dancer and musician Aoife McAtamney, dance artist Ursula Robb, personal coach Rivca Rubin, Laura Macken, the project’s Artistic Assistant and Rehearsal Director and performer and choreographer Emily Terndrup who joins us as a Guest Teacher. More on the Step Up 2020 Creative Team here.
Ellen Finlay graduated from Trinity Laban with a BA (hons) in Contemporary Dance in 2017. Since then she has worked with immersive and physical theatre in London, most recently as a choreographer and dancer in Riverside Opera’s production of A Cunning Little Vixen. Ellen has attended training at Shawbrook Dance, Longford and last year taught and mentored at the Shawbrook Summer School for a new generation of Irish dance artists.
Dylan Holly is a 26-year-old Irish dancer based in the Netherlands interested in contemporary dance with an Urban background. Dylan’s style is derived from the aesthetics and techniques of; Tutting, Waving, Contemporary Floorwork and Ballet. He is a graduate of Fontys Dance academy where he now teaches and runs workshops and also works freelance as both a dancer and as an assistant/outside eye for other groups projects.
Nick Nikolaou is a dance artist based in Dublin. He studied Contemporary and Jazz dance in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he is originally from. Before graduating with an MA in Contemporary Dance in 2020, Nick was part of the Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC).
Niamh O’Flannagain is a dancer with Ballet Ireland, having joined the company in 2018. With them she has performed in The Nutcracker, Bold Moves (2019) and Swan Lake. Niamh recently performed with Chrysalis London Contemporary in their UK tour of ‘Candy’ and was the sole Irish dancer invited to participate in the Young Rural Retreat at DanceEast, Ipswich led by Christopher Hampson.
Hannah Rogerson is a performer and dance artist originally from Kildare and now based in the Netherlands. Hannah has been working in Circus for the past three years, looking at combining the practice with dance. She recently performed in the What Next dance festival at Dance Limerick with her group, TeaTime Company.
Eilise Sullivan is a dance artist based in County Kerry, she graduated in 2018 with an MA is Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick. Before focusing on contemporary dance, Eilise studied classical piano, voice, music composition and theory. She is also interested in rhythm and traditional cultural dances such as West African dance, Middle Eastern dance (dabke) and traditional Irish dance. Eilise has worked extensively with choreographer Catherine Young, most recently in the countrywide Welcoming Project.
About Step Up Dance Project
Step Up Dance Project aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is an annual intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The specific elements of the programme include:
- Working with high profile choreographers to create new work.
- Working with Professional Dance Artists to enable the dancers in the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography.
- Development Workshops and Information Sessions.
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