Learn to dance, have fun and meet people from around the world at our Céilí Afro Dabke Performance Project.
Céilí Afro Dabke is a world music céilí featuring African dance, traditional dabke dance from Palestine/Syria and the old style Irish céilí dances.
There are 2 parts to the project:
- A series of 8 free workshops in African dance and dabke in January and February 2020 (workshops suitable for 18yrs+).
- A performance during the public Céili Afro Dabke on Saturday 8 February during the What Next dance festival (céilí suitable for all ages).
Open to everyone to come dance and meet folks from all over the world that live in your neighbourhood. No previous dance experience required.
If you'd like to get involved or would like more info on the project email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 061 400 994.
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 7-9pm
January 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th & February 4th & 6th
Performance: Saturday 8th February, 8pm
Dance Theatre of Ireland are currently recruiting for an immediate opening for the full-time position of Marketing & Finance Executive, closing date 12 December.
Dance Theatre of Ireland is a professional dance Company based in a beautiful, purpose-built Centre for Dance studio and office in Dún Laoghaire, with Award-winning Dance & Health and Educational Outreach programs working locally, nationally and internationally. Winners of a 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Award, over 2,500 people are engaged in a variety dance programs throughout the year at the Centre and in the Community. In very welcoming atmosphere we bring joy to children, teens, Adults and Seniors and introduce them to their creative selves, offering innovative opportunities for all ages to Learn, Create and Perform.
Marketing & Administration Executive
This is a very dynamic position in a busy arts organisation, reporting to the Artistic Directors. A full-time multi-faceted role which includes marketing, social media, accounts management, development and public contact.
To apply please send a cover letter of application and your CV to
The Artistic Directors
All applications will be held in strict confidence.
Collaborative Solo - Fn - Fibonacci Sequence
Follow a number of years of developing duets and large ensemble works, Kristyn Fontanella is focusing on a solo. In this residency Kristyn will study the beginning order of the Fibonacci sequence to create rhythms through traditional Irish dance methods.
The Fibonacci Sequence was made known by Leonardo of Pisa, but was actually discovered by Hemachandra, an Indian poet and polymath who discovered the sequence 50 years before Fibonacci. Indian scholars who had long been interested in rhythmic patterns that are formed from one-beat and two-beat notes studied these numbers.
Kristyn would like to take these patterns and rhythms and interpret them through Irish dance. After finding a basic understanding of the sequence and what possible rhythms, she will invite a musician, mover and poet into the studio to collaborate with their interpretations.
As a dance artist and choreographer, Kristyn Fontanella holds a BFA with high honours in Theatre and Dance from CCSU and an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. Kristyn has toured the world with many prestigious dance shows including: Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and performed lead female role in Gaelforce Dance.
Her current choreographic works focus on her past knowledge of Irish step dancing and presents it in a contemporary context and has been presented at multiple platforms: Tanzmesse, Düsseldorf Germany; Dublin Dance Festival; Echo Echo Dance Festival, Derry; and KLAP Marseille, France. Kristyn’s latest ensemble work, IN LiMBO has been supported by the Irish Arts Council and will tour Ireland in February 2020. Her current mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations of dancers.
Dance Limerick presents a new series of morning classes here in our studio in John's Square. Each month a new dance artist will host Wednesday morning classes suitable for professional dance artists and advanced students.
Click here to view all Professional Classes.
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 email@example.com.
Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants will be notified in January 2020.
The suspense is over! Aerowaves are proud to announce the Twenty20 artists selected by the Aerowaves partners, including Dance Limerick:
Panflutes and Paperwork - Ingrid Berger Myhre and Lasse Passage, Norway / The Netherlands
PLI - Viktor Černický, Czech Republic
Postmodern Cool - Inés Belli, Norway
Mechanics of Distance - Máté Mészáros, Hungary
Warrior - Anne-Mareike Hess, Luxembourg/Germany
Bouncing Narratives - Roza Moshtaghi, Norway
The Feline Project - Dagmar Dachauer, Austria
GOLEM - Abis Company / Julien Carlier, Belgium
UN/DRESS MOVING PAINTING - Masako Matsushita / Nanou Associazione Culturale, Italy
CHEERS - Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Norway
A white sustainable construction - Manuel Rodríguez, Spain
The Angular Distance of a Celestial Body - Alessandro Carboni / Formati Sensibili, Italy
Bir şey - Ekin Tunçeli, Turkey
Alshe/me - Linda Hayford, France
Unauthorised - ZITA / Iris Karayan, Greece
Babae - Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Germany
Stand still you ever-moving spheres of heaven - Henrique Furtado & Chiara Taviani, Portugal / Italy
BEAT "I just wish to feel you" - Collective Dope / Jenna Jalonen, Belgium
FLY! - Markéta Stránská, Czech Republic
The Ephemeral life of an octopus - Léa Tirabasso, Luxembourg/UK
There is a chance to meet the Twenty20 artists at Spring Forward from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April, hosted the Croatian Cultural Centre in Rijeka (Croatia). Save the date!
Aerowaves would like to send the warmest welcome and congratulations to our newly selected artists and special thanks to all the applicants for submitting their works.
Please check out the Aerowaves social media channels to find out more about these choreographers in the coming weeks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Picture: ‘Bouncing Narratives’ Roza Moshtaghi © Josh Lake/Ben Pender
A new project by Laura Sarah Dowdall Dance, PROX-IMIT, experiments with performance that activates and engages space and audience giving them influence to impress upon a performance in a radical and dynamic way.
Laura’s residency in Dance Limerick will explore dynamics of proximity, relation and detachment using a container of scenario based situations, site specific research and public engagement.
For info on Laura's Work-in-Progress Sharing on 25 October click here.
For info on Laura's Professional Workshop on 22 October click here.
Any dancers interested in joining her research can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Percolate Residency - WECreate Productions
WECreate Productions is the transcontinental company of screendance artists Ana Baer and Heike Salzer. Committed to exploring the possibilities of digital technology in service of collaborative art creation, they produce site-specific interdisciplinary works inspired by their shared fascination of landscapes, places and narratives of sites.
For WECreate Memories Ana and Heike collaborate with dance artist Michelle Nance and visual/textile artist Robert Burton.
For info on WECreate's morning classes on 30 August and 4 September and work-in-progress on 5 September sharing click HERE.
Ana Baer Carrillo is a Mexican video-choreographer living in the USA, her work encompasses a variety of dance for camera work, as well as interdisciplinary performances and choreography. Internationally active since 1990, Ana Baer Carrillo has been commissioned to make video installations, multimedia work and/or choreography by the John Cage Foundation, Stadttheather Giessen and Tanz Compagnie Giessen in Germany, Universidad Michoacana de Morelia and Contra Danza in Mexico, Performance Inventions in France, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Michelle Ellsworth, Syzigy Butoh, Michelle Nance and Sweet Edge in the USA, among others. Her work has been presented in Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Guatemala, Greece, Spain,
France, Ukraine and multiple venues in Germany, UK, Mexico and USA. She holds a teacher certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance, a BFA in Choreography from Centro Nacional de las Artes and a MFA in Dance with an emphasis in Video from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Heike Salzer is a German performer and choreographer, screendance artist and curator, lecturer and researcher, having lived and worked in several countries. Under the name of Salts she collaborates with international artists and her screendances have been invited to international venues such as the International Videodance Festival Burgundy (FR), Bogotá (COL), Bang-VII Barcelona Videoart Festival, (SP), Athens Video Dance Project (GR), Short Waves (PL) among others. Together with Ana Baer she founded the screendance company WECreate in 2014, producing collaboratively site-specific screendances, inspired by their travels to extreme landscapes. Their work has been shown in the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Ukraine, Portugal, Iran, Malta, Italy and the United States. In 2018 she was invited to join the board of directors of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema.
Rob Burton is a visual artist and academic who explores themes of memory, loss and transformation through fiber, fabric making, costume, and mixed media practices and performance. His approaches to making cross the threshold of disciplines in a conceptual dialogue between the innovative use of analogue, contemporary and emerging technologies. Rob regularly
exhibits internationally in group exhibitions, biennials and triennials in the USA, Europe and the UK. He is currently the Head of the School of Science, Engineering and Design at Teesside University, UK.
Michelle Nance (Professor and Director of Dance at Texas State University, USA) has enjoyed many years of making dance works collaboratively with colleagues and students, as well as performing in the U.S. and abroad. Michelle has studied and taught the technique of Erick Hawkins extensively, and served as the Assistant School Director for the Erick Hawkins School of Dance in the mid-1990s. She also enjoys dabbling in improvisation, site-specific dance, somatic practices, and collaborations in screendance. She has been teaching at Texas State University since 2003, and holds a MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Dance Limerick is excited to announce our new Associate Artists following a competitive open call earlier in the year.
In keeping with Dance Limerick’s objectives of surprising, challenging, inspiring and engaging people through dance, we invited applications for the new Associate Artist programme beginning in August 2019. The aim of the new position is to support the creative practice and organisational development of an emerging maker/practitioner who is keen to progress to the next stage, and to work with us to develop their practice further. Alongside a programme of development tailored to the individual artist, Dance Limerick offered a commission of €5,000 toward the creation of a new short work, to be presented as part of Dance Limerick’s programme of professional performances, which includes the What Next Festival.
Isabella Oberländer and Rachel Sheil have been selected as Dance Limerick’s first Associate Artists. The panel came to the decision of selecting two artists as a result of the high standard and clarity of vision from both dancer’s applications.
As well as the commission benefits for the Associate Artists include but are not limited to:
- A budget of €2,000 toward a programme of training and research
- Accommodation for up to 4 weeks in artist friendly house or artist apartment above Dance Limerick
- Up to four weeks studio space for creation and rehearsal
- Up to 5 days working with an artistic mentor or dramaturge on the new work
- Technical support from Dance Limerick’s Technical Manager
We are looking forward to working with Isabella and Rachel in the upcoming months.
Isabella Oberländer is an independent dance artist based in Limerick, Ireland. Originally from Austria, she studied at IDA - Anton Bruckner University Linz. In 2008 she moved to Ireland to work with Daghdha Dance Company, under the direction of Michael Klien. During her time with Daghdha, she worked with Lucy Suggate, Chase Granoff, Lucy Sexton, Riikka Theresa Innanen, a.o. In 2010 I participated in the DanceWEB Scholarship Program at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival.
Over the past five years, her interest in cross disciplinary approaches has grown. Subsequently she has worked more frequently on projects situated between the performing & visual arts, with Vivienne Dick, Breda Lynch, Amanda Coogan, Sandra Minchin, Mary Nunan a.o. Recently she worked with Pietro Marullo on ‘Wreck - a list of extinct species’ Dance Limerick, performed in Sara Shelton Mann’s ‘Solo Neutral Follow’ at Dock 11, Berlin, Germany, and showed her own work ‘The End’, a durational performance installation, at What Next dance festival in Limerick.
Rachel Sheil has been teaching, performing and choreographing in Limerick and Ireland since 2010. She has a BA and MA in Contemporary Dance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance as well as an ADPA in Street Dance teaching. Most recently, Rachel became the Associate Artist for Dance Limerick and Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Dance Company. LYDC have already performed in Laois, Dublin, Belfast and Limerick. Her passion for dance is shown through a variety of mediums - she has her own YouTube channel where she showcases her work and also breaks down different choreographies. Fantasy, anime, cartoons and comics make up a big part of Rachel's Contemporary dance practice. She lives in dreams and is eager to bring audiences into this world!
Soup is a performance piece that mixes movement, sound design and textiles into a bizarre tapestry that depicts the altered perception of the recently bereaved. It is a blackly comic kinetic shrine to a lost parent, built on a three dimensional collage of personal and cultural associations. Soup will reconstruct my perception of daily life around and after my mothers funeral and the feeling of detachment that occurs during bereavement, losing the purpose and reason for tasks but mechanically going through the motions.
The performance will use a combination of movement and costume to create a kind of doppelganger character: a fey creature that studies, mimics and parodies my bereavement. My school years training in Irish dancing, my study and career in contemporary movement and my current training in acrobatics and hand balance all mix to form a mutant physical language that navigates the space and interacts with the various objects, performing bizarre “scenes” that see-saw between hilarious and harrowing.
We began this project last year on a percolate residency awarded by Dance Limerick. Since then, we have continued to develop the work and recently performed a work in progress in First Looks in Dublin Dance Festival.
We are now returning to Dance Limerick to begin the final stretch of the creation. “Soup” will premiere this Autumn.
For info on Deirdre's Professional Morning Class on Wednesday 10 July click here.
Deirdre is a Dublin based dance artist and choreographer. She trained at the Duncan Conservatory Prague and graduated from Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg, Netherlands with a BA in Dance Theatre.
Since graduating she has worked extensively with ponydance theatre touring Ireland, the UK and internationally (Best Dance Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012). In the last year Deirdre has performed alongside some of Irelands most acclaimed contemporary artists including Amanda Coogan and Mikel Murfi in Dolores by Junk Ensemble at Dublin Dance Festival 2018 and has toured Australia with Thisispopbaby theatre company in a new development with Philip Connaughton for the show RIOT.
The last four years Deirdre has been exploring an aerial and acrobatic practice performing and choreographing with Loosysmokes aerial company, creating both artistic and commercial performance work (Best Ensemble Award, Dublin Fringe Festival 2015).
Deirdre also writes and produces her own solo works under her project name “Headonbody” which have been performed in Ireland and internationally.
This year she is collaborating with sound artist and composer Craig Cox on a new solo project “Soup” that was performed as a work in development at Dublin Dance Festival 2019 and will premiere this Autumn.
Other notable companies she has worked with include; Trash (NL),Katja Heitmann (Ger), Theatre Lovett, Brokentalkers theatre company, Catherine Young, Megan Kennedy and Paper dolls (Ireland). On film she has worked on Penny Dreadful series 3, Republic of Telly and most recently performed in the film adaptation of Dublin Old School.
Deirdre was awarded The next stage 2017 bursary from Dance Ireland for Dublin Theatre Festival 2017. In 2018 she participated on the Delve programme for Spraoi Street Arts Festival with ISACS Network Ireland and was awarded a travel&training award from Arts council Ireland to attend Deltebre Dance Festival Spain. Deirdre was recently awarded a 2019 Dance Bursary from Arts Council Ireland.
Evgenia Sizmina describes her residency -
My dance pathway started with studying ballet and modern dance within traditional dance institutions in Russia, followed by contemporary dance techniques, somatic practices, and dance improvisation. Because of my contradictory dance background, I saw plenty of contradictions within my body, and this was my very concrete and physical source of my inspiration.
During the residency, I want to explore the topic of one of the most common cultural archetypes through the prism of my own experience and social stereotypes, raising questions of women's identity, aggression and vulnerability. The metaphorical image of a woman in mini skirts and high heels is the starting point of the work and at the same time it is the inspiration for creating a dance language.
For info on Evgenia's work-in-progress sharing on 25 July click here.
For info on Evgenia's morning classes on 19 & 24 July click here.
Evgenia Sizmina started her professional dance training in St. Petersburg in ballet, jazz and folk dance. Further, she continued education in contemporary dance through participation in festivals, workshops and summer dance schools in Russia and Europe. She graduated from the University of Sport and Physical education in Russia and contemporary dance program Movement and Performance Research in North Karelia College Outokumpu (Finland), where she studied improvisation, contact improvisation, authentic movement, somatics and different contemporary dance techniques. Evgenia has been teaching contemporary dance since 2003 for different levels and age groups. She creates her own choreography since 2004, including group pieces and solo works. In 2017 she received a Stepping Stone scholarship to attend a Masters program in contemporary dance in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick, Ireland). She currently works as a teacher and choreographer in different dance institutions in Russia.
Featuring expansive movement and freedom of expression, the Adult week with Justine is based in Contemporary Dance and will expand your technique and movement; you’ll learn new phrases, move across the floor with great fluidity and engage your creative instincts with some improvisation (where you don’t have to remember a thing!) while developing your own phrases working with others.
Dates: July 1-5
Bookings and Info through Dance Theatre of Ireland here.
About Justine Cooper
Justine Cooper trained at The Place London and The National Theatre Ballet School, Australia and danced with the Australian Dance Theatre. She is a much loved Contemporary dance teacher (having taught Body Conditioning and Ballet at DTI) and an amazing performer. Justine has choreographed for the Dublin Dance Festival and performed with Emma Martin Dance, Cois Céim Dance Theatre, Junk Ensemble, Liz Roche Company, and Liv O’Donoghue.
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