Tue 19 Apr '16

Application Deadline: Tuesday 3 May
Auditions: Wednesday 25 May
Project Dates: 2-27 August 2016
Performances: 24, 25, 26, 27 August

Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.

In its sixth year, Step Up 2016 is delighted to announce an expanded programme of training, rehearsals, performance and personal development for six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years.

The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.

This new expanded programme includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- Repertory Programme
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Personal Development

Creation & Performance
The creation and performance of a new dance piece by Choreographer Lea Anderson (UK).
The rehearsal / performance period will run from 2 - 27 August. Dancers will reside at UL during the rehearsal period, using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy. Accommodation will be provided and participants will receive an honorarium for their involvement to assist with travel and living expenses. Performances will take place on 25, 26 and 27 August at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in Dublin respectively.
Further information about Lea Anderson is available at

The Repertory Programme - Learning and Performing Repertory:
This new addition to the programme enables Step Up dancers to work with professional artists on the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography. Participants will gain an understanding of choreographic ideas and their historical context, and will develop their technical and performance skills through different working practices, genres and techniques, resulting in a final public sharing.

The Repertory Programme will take place over two weeks (12 days) with a prominent Irish choreographer and one other choreographer (either national or international, to be announced shortly). In addition, to the training, the Repertory Programme enables participants to work with choreographers beyond what would be available in a day-long workshop or audition, thereby facilitating a more embedded connection between choreographers and participants.

Dancers as Entrepreneurs:
Increasingly, independent dancers and dance artists are required to work in an entrepreneurial fashion, initiating opportunities for themselves and managing their own projects. This programme will run over 1-2 days in January 2017.
Sample topics may include:
• Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications
• Writing funding applications / writing about your work
• Producing a project / show

At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for initiating and managing their own projects.

Personal Development:
In 2016, Step Up aims to facilitate further opportunity for the professional development of young dancers. This element of the Step Up programme offers a menu of options. Participants may choose one element from the sample menu below, or may initiate an area of their own in which they wish to develop. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations.
Sample menu of options:
• Working with an artist-in-residence to deliver a particular aspect of the artists’ local programme.
• Working with a company during their research period towards the creation of a new dance piece.
• Taking a series of classes or training opportunities at Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane or Dance Limerick.
• Working with Dublin Dance Festival in a developmental capacity. This might be on audience development, volunteer co-ordination etc.
• Working with a mentor to develop critical writing skills with a view to reviewing dance performances.
• Developing knowledge around working with socially engaged practice by participating in events or workshops organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2016 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
Applicants must be born in, or resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique.
Please send your CV and a web link of recent dance footage, along with a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to be involved in the project. Please include an indication of your availability to participate in the whole programme.
Please e-mail applications by the deadline 5pm, Tuesday 3 May to with Step Up Application in the subject line.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition on Wednesday 25 May. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2016 programme. Letters of offer will be sent immediately following the audition.

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 University of Limerick.
For any questions about the application process, please contact Jenny Traynor at or on 061 467813.

Click on link below for printable version of this Open Call.

Tue 19 Apr '16

Light Moves festival of screendance has announced its Open Call for Film Submissions for this year’s festival, which takes place in Limerick from 3-6 November 2016.

Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art.

Submissions should be made via the festival website

Closing date: Friday 27 May 2016.

Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call.
Click on links below for full details, terms and conditions.

Works which will be considered include:
- Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
- Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context.
- Short films and video art to be presented on individual displays in a gallery/installation context.
- Documentaries.
- Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level.

In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of cinematography and sound as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling will also be considered. While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process.

Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves. The standard of work submitted by Irish and international practitioners since the festival began two years ago has been extremely high, so we’re very much looking forward to viewing this year’s entries. Filmmakers should note our earlier than usual deadline and make sure to have their entries with us by the 27th of May”.

Light Moves is Ireland’s only festival dedicated to the art of dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme, and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival combines classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field. Light Moves is curated by Jurgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick. Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council, Dance Limerick and DMARC, University of Limerick.

Image: Still from Liquid Gold is the Air, by Roswitha Chesher & Rosemary Lee, winner of the Light Moves 2015 Festival Prize.

Tue 12 Apr '16

Making Space: Changing Ground – Limerick Dance Collective
Fri 29 April | 8pm
Dance Limerick Space | €10/€5

Limerick Dance Collective, a group of Limerick based professional dance artists, will celebrate International Dance Day on Friday 29 April with a performance of six new dance works, performed as one piece, entitled Making Space: Changing Ground.

With original sound composed by students of the MA in Music Technology at UL, this performance is a wonderful opportunity to experience creativity and innovation in the atmospheric surroundings and discrete spaces of Dance Limerick.

Tickets €10/€5. Click booking link on right.

Limerick Dance Collective artists include Lisa Cahill, Lucy Dawson, Kristyn Fontanella, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Isabela Oberländer and Micheál Rowsome.

Introducing this new work, Siobhan Ní Dhuinnín explains “In Making Space: Changing Ground, we examine the relationships we have with the shifting structures of the world around us. Creating a map of varied and individual responses to three words - Landscape, Mobility and Change - this unique dance performance showcases a fresh and inventive approach to collaboration. We’re also very excited to be working with students from the MA in Music Technology at UL, as part of this creative, organic process”.

Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, added “We’re delighted to support professional dance artists in Limerick through the Limerick Dance Collective. This is an exciting initiative and a wonderful opportunity for contemporary dance artists based here to work together, to learn from and inspire each other and to show Limerick audiences the innovation and creativity that exists on their doorstep”.

Limerick Dance Collective is a group of artists who come from a wide variety of dance backgrounds and have choreographic and performance experience at a national and international level. Many are graduates of the MA in Contemporary Dance at the Irish World Academy at UL who have chosen to remain in Limerick and carve out professional dance careers in the Mid-West. The Collective was formed in 2015 when Megan Kennedy, then Limerick’s Dance Artist-in-Residence, extended an invitation to dance practitioners based in Limerick to come together to develop a collaborative project. Now in its second year, the Collective is delighted to have the support of current Dance Artist-in-Residence, Mary Wycherley, in continuing this process of collaboration and creativity, developing new dance movements to share with the people of Limerick.

Limerick Dance Collective – Artist Information

Lisa Cahill is an independent dance artist, whose practice integrates performance, choreography and dance in education. Since 2014, Lisa has been Dance Artist-in-Residence at Maynooth University, in the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education. Lisa holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Irish World Academy at UL and a Graduate Diploma in Dance Education from UL.

Lucy Dawson is originally from Keith, Scotland. Having trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, Lucy worked in London on diverse projects including music videos, dance works, site specific projects and films. A graduate of the MA in Contemporary Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL, where she now teaches, Lucy combines videography and photography with her dance practice, specialising in performance documentation and artistic promotion.

Kristyn Fontanella holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from UL and a BA in Dance and Theatre with high honours from CCSU. Later this year, Kristyn will be performing her duet with Sibéal Davitt As We Know It at the DRFI conference in New York and at the Tanzmesse Performance Platform in Dusseldorf. Kristyn was recently awarded the Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Bursary for her new work IN LIMBO, showing at Dance Limerick in September 2016.

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín graduated in 2012 from the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at UL. Since then, she has worked with John Jasperse, Liz Roche (Step Up: Dance Project 2012), Jools Gilson and Laura Murphy. She is also a member of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company. Siobhán’s own work has been shown nationally, most recently in a shop window as part of Quarter Block Party Festival (IRL).

Isabella Oberländer is originally from Austria and studied at Anton Bruckner University Linz. She was Dance Artist-in-Residence (DMP) at Daghdha Dance Company and part of the DanceWEB Scholarship Program at ImPulsTanz, Vienna International Dance Festival 2010. In 2014, Isabella was co-curator of Mind in the Flesh: Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance at Dance Limerick. Recently she performed in Vivienne Dick’s experimental film Red Moon Rising. She is currently working as a freelance dance artist and choreographer based in Limerick.

Micheál Rowsome’s passion for art and expression led him to study Multimedia at CIT. Much painting and photography followed with exhibitions and commissioned works. In 2013 he took part in SMASH Berlin, a life changing experimental physical performance programme. A period of collaborative work followed in 2014/15 with artists at Ponderosa Dance and SMASH Berlin. His work/play continues back home in Ireland with Limerick Dance Collective.

Photo Credit: Lucy Dawson

Mon 21 Mar '16

Dance Limerick welcomes Jenny Fahy to lead Saturday 5Rhythms Waves once a month at Dance Limerick Studio.

Last Saturday of each month, Feb-June & Sat 23 July 2016
Dance Limerick Studio
€25 | €20 (unwaged/student/retired)

Gabrielle Roth's 5Rhythms - Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness - are states of being that are explored through this powerful and dynamic movement meditation practice.
Sometimes participants dance alone, sometimes in partnership with another and other times as a tribe.
All welcome.

Jenny Fahy has been dancing since 2000 and is a certified teacher, holding Waves classes and workshops since 2007. She holds a warm and fluid workshop space, where the dancers are free to explore their own movement withing the 5Rhythms Waves map.

For further info, click on Jenny Fahy's 5Rhythms website (link on right) or email

Wed 16 Mar '16

Congratulations to Limerick Youth Dance whose short film Stoixeia / Elements reached the final of Fresh Film Festival 2016!

Stoixeia/Elements was devised and performed by:
Katherine Battles
Aoife Donnellan
Katie Fitzpatrick
Kevin Hussey
Jane Stundon

Movement Adviser/Mentor: Angie Smalis
Director of Photography: Dominik Kosicki

Mon 14 Mar '16

Mon 18 - Thurs 28 April

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome back contemporary dance artist Angie Smalis and performance artist Colin Gee for a two-week residency, prior to presenting two new dance works - Chaplet of Roses (2014) and They Go Out in Joy (premiere) - at Abrons Arts Centre, New York.

Professional Class:
Fri 22 April | 10am-11:30am | €7
Colin Gee will lead a professional class during this residency. Given Colin's extensive performance experience in many genres, this is a fantastic opportunity for performers of all disciplines to expand their knowledge.

Wed 09 Mar '16

Making Space: Changing Ground – Limerick Dance Collective
Fri 29 April | 8pm
Dance Limerick Space | €10/€5

To mark International Dance Day, Limerick Dance Collective presents an eclectic evening of performance with new dance work by six innovative Limerick based dance artists.

Six segments are shown as one piece in the atmospheric surroundings of Dance Limerick with original sound by MA Music Technology students from DMARC at UL.

Limerick Dance Collective:
Lisa Cahill, Lucy Dawson, Kristyn Fontanella, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Isabella Oberländer and Micheál Rowsome.

More details to follow.

Wed 09 Mar '16

The Creative Show presents Gulliver’s Travels 2016, featuring Limerick Youth Dance
Tues 15 & Wed 16 March | 8pm
Lime Tree Theatre | €12/€10 | (061) 774774
Dance Limerick’s youth dance ensemble Limerick Youth Dance will perform in The Creative Show’s Gulliver’s Travels 2016.

This comic family show, written by Myles Breen, with movement and choreography by Angie Smalis, sees 150 young people from the Daughters of Charity Services, Limerick Youth Theatre, Music Generation, Patterns Dance Collective, Coláiste Nano Nagle and Laurel Hill Coláiste Choir taking to the stage for two nights.

Check out the promo trailer for the show (click on right) for a behind the scenes snippet. Then book your tickets and prepare to smile for the evening...

Best wishes to all!

Thu 18 Feb '16

Screendance specialist and contemporary dance artist Mary Wycherley will lead two workshops in screendance at Dance Ireland on Friday 19 February.

Introduction to Dance & Film: 10am-1pm
Afternoon Masterclass: 2pm-5pm

For full details, click link on right.

Mary Wycherley is a dance artist whose work embraces live performance, choreography and film. In 2015 Mary was appointed Limerick Dance Artist in Residence by the Arts Council of Ireland, a year in which she also premiered In The Bell’s Shadow, a feature length screendance film made in collaboration with choreographer Joan Davis and scored for the Irish Chamber Orchestra by Jürgen Simpson.

Mary’s installation work includes a diptych Starting With T, a community project made in collaboration with Mary Nunan and Monica Spencer, funded by Limerick City of Culture 2014, and a triptych The Dance of Making (2012) funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2013 Mary premiered Frames & Fragments and Contour, two Dance Ireland commissions.

Mary’s work has been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Arts Bucharest, American Dance Festival, Solas Nua Arts Centre Washington, VideoDanza Festival Buenos Aires and at home, including Galway Film Fleadh, Kilkenny Arts Festival, West Cork Art Centre, RUA RED Gallery, Fab Lab (Limerick City Gallery off-site exhibition), Fastnet Film Festival, Firkin Crane and the Light House Cinema Dublin. Mary is a guest lecturer in dance and film at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

These workshops are presented by Dance Ireland.

*Mary's stunning film "In the Bell's Shadow" will be screened at Dance Limerick on Thurs 31 March at 7pm. See link on right for more info.

Mon 08 Feb '16

Contemporary dance artist Luke Brown will lead two professional classes during his residency at Dance Limerick.

Fri 19th Feb: 10.00am-11.30am
Tues 23rd Feb: 7.30pm-9.00pm
Dance Limerick Studio
Adm: €7.00

Luke describes his class as "A physical class that works with the centre of gravity and the gentle stacking of limbs in order to roll, slide, fall and float; focusing on human contact, allowing the pouring of weight between two separate bodies; synchronising people to move as one".

Luke will be in residence at Dance Limerick for two weeks to research a section of his new work-in-progress Princess. Challenging the idea of a fairytale "happy ever after", Princess explores the humour and absurdity of romance, and the beauty and brutality of true love.

Luke was last seen in Limerick performing in the stunning Marble & Bread, created and choreographed by Megan Kennedy, produced by Dance Limerick and performed at The Sailors Home.

Professional classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio during residencies by visiting dance artists and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students.

Fri 05 Feb '16

Thurs 25 Feb | 1.15pm
The Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, UL.

This contemporary Dance Solo explores the dancer’s personal movement vocabulary in a given space and refers to procedural knowledge and observation.
5 thought experiments
5 single momentary events
5 practical experiences of Angie’s natural world.
The moments generated could also be the lyrics of a song or a melody that sticks in one’s head for a long time. Forever, rather.
Angie will be accompanied by bass player, jazz musician and music tutor, Peter Hannigan.

Please note this performance takes place at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL.

Mon 18 Jan '16

Workshop in Klein Technique
Tues 29 March – Fri 1 April | 11am - 5.30 pm
Workshop fee: €150 (four days) / €40 (one day)
**This workshop is full**

Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL are delighted to welcome Barbara Mahler to Limerick.
Barbara will lead a four-day workshop in Klein Technique.
The workshop will take place at Dance Limerick, John's Square, from Tues 29 March to Fri 01 April.
Open to professional dancers and actors/movers.

Klein Technique has been in development since the mid 1970s. It is a cohesive movement system that connects the body and mind. The result, over time, is a clarity and sureness of movement, fluidity and a new level of understanding the innate intelligence of one's body. When the bones are aligned we become connected and grounded, efficient and alive. Firmly grounded in the principles of change, possibilities and efficiency through the tools of process, the technique weaves together theory and practice. The workshop will focus on the inherent relationship between these principles and our personal relationship to our bodies.

Barbara Mahler is a widely respected choreographer, performer, movement educator, bodyworker and recipient of a 2013 BAX Arts Educator Award. She travels extensively as a guest artist to many festivals and colleges across the US, Canada and Europe, as a master teacher of and major contributor in the development and outreach of Klein Technique™.
Barbara's choreographic vision and passion is the small and intimate dance for large and small spaces. An alumn of Hunter College, NYC, she holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Barbara has been a recipient of many grants for her choreography and teaching.

**This workshop is full - Our thanks to everyone for their interest!**

Photo credit: Julie Lemberger


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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