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

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.

Spring 2022 Timetable starting Saturday 2 April

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

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

Dance Club for 5-8yrs | More Info

Dance Club for 9-14yrsMore Info

Please be familiar with current Government Public Health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (here) before attending events at Dance Limerick.

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

Step Up Dance Project 2021
Step Up 2021
Wed 23 Jun '21

Since the first Step Up in 2011, the project has featured 64 Emerging Artists, 20 Professional Choreographers, 39 Teachers and Coaches, and 28 Public Performances.

Following a competitive Open Call earlier this year, we're delighted to announce the Step Up dance project 2021 participants: Alexandra Ayvazova, Mia Bradley-Evans, Mia DiChiaro, Corina Hoser, Elena Paltracca and Rosie Stebbing. 

This year’s eight-week programme combines:

- Creation of new works with leading choreographers David Bolger and Lucyna Zwolinska (more info here)
- Learning repertoire from renowned international companies
- Personal coaching
- Performances at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane, Cork, Backstage Theatre, Longford, and Project Arts Centre, Dublin

About the participants

Alexandra Ayvazova is originally from Russia, and moved to Ireland seven years ago. She has been dancing since the age of six and has received professional training in Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance. In her own practice she focuses on discovering and exploring connections between Contemporary and Urban Dance styles. Her performances usually present a combination of those styles and she is interested in developing her dance career in both directions. In July 2019, she received Travel and Training Award from Arts Council Ireland to create and perform her solo work under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed choreographer Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere.

Mia Bradley-Evans is a dance artist and choreographer currently based in the west of Ireland. Since finishing her training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Mia has worked with Galway Dance Project, Galway Capital of Culture 2020 and Dansnest, researching and creating dance pieces which can be accessible to communities who may not usually go to the theatre. She believes if you have a voice and you have an audience you should use that voice and privilege to say something that matters. Her work explores different themes and reflects the times and situations she finds herself in.

Mia DiChiaro is a Dublin-based contemporary dancer and artivist whose ideas often circulate around joyful embodiment, climate justice, and participatory art. Originally from New York, she trained at the Ailey School and developed an interdisciplinary B.A. in 'Performance and Arts Activism’ from NYU. After relocating to Ireland, she received a M.A. in ‘Contemporary Dance Performance’ from University of Limerick (2019) and has performed choreography by Liz Roche, Jack Webb, Ursula Robb, Paul White, Dina Abu Hamdan, and her own site-specific choreography. In 2020 she received Dance Ireland’s HATCH Award for her collaborative eco-dance research and is diving further in 2021 with support from the Irish Arts Council Dance Bursary Award.

Corina Hoser, born in Upper Austria (born 1994), studied contemporary dance education at the Music and Art University of the City of Vienna and contemporary stage dance at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, and as an Erasmus student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon. During her studies she gained extensive stage experience in pieces by international choreographers and practiced creating her own works. After completing her studies, she also spent a few months as an intern in several dance companies in Prague. Since then she is working as a freelance dancer, based in Vienna.

Elena Paltracca was born in Italy, in Perugia. She started her education at the ‘DIP- Dance Intensive Programme by Codarts’ in Livorno. There she learned modern dance techniques, working with international guests like Samuel Wuestern, Mario Camacho and Neel Verdoorn. After that, she started her professional education at the Zurich University of the Arts studying BA Contemporary Dance. Here she has worked with renown choreographers like Itzik Galili, Barak Marshall, Nadav Zelner, Lorand Zachar, and Ihsan Rustem. In 2020 she won a scholarship to take part in an International Summer workshop in Zurich, performing the works of Victor Rottier and Emma Evelein. Since the pandemic, she has had more time for her own choreography, and has taken part in competitions such as ‘Antigone Dance Festival' in Brussel. She also plans to perform her work in Basel and Fürth.

Rosie Stebbing is a contemporary dancer from Kildare, Ireland. After completing a foundation course at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK), she went on to train at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (Arnhem, NL). During her time there she worked with choreographers such as Roser Lopez Espinosa, Jasper van Luijk and Eldad Ben Sasson. She spent the final year of her BA studies in Denmark, where she undertook an internship with Holstebro Dansekompagni. She has also recently worked with choreographer Joy Alpuerto Ritter on an upcoming feature film by director Floria Sigismondi.

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



Open Call for Percolate Residencies 2023

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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