We are excited to announce the return of our popular Evening Classes for Adults from the safety of your own home in our Dance Limerick at Home series. Join us for Ballet for Beginners, Ballet for Improvers, Contemporary Dance (beginners and improvers), Professional Classes and our Over 50s Dance Project from 21, 26 & 27 January.
Designed for total beginners, those with some experience and dance artists, our Adult Dance Classes, presented live via Zoom, will teach you key principles of dance and in an encouraging and fun environment.
The aim of these classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease. Our energetic dance classes are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and are a great way to get in shape, develop flexibility, and to enjoy yourself. They are led by our highly experienced and inspiring team of tutors with years of experience teaching both beginners and professionals.
Booking & Info for Over 50s Dance Project starting 21 Janurary | Click here.
Booking & Info for Contemporary Dance Classes starting 26 January | Click here.
Booking & Info for Ballet for Beginners starting 27 January | Click here.
Booking & Info for Ballet for Improvers starting 27 January | Click here.
Booking & Info for Professional Classes starting 27 January | Click here.
Dance Limerick invites applications for a Dance Artist/Curator to shape and deliver a new pilot programme, Dance Limerick Connects.
Established in 2013, Dance Limerick is a support and development organisation funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City & County Council. Our mission is to champion and enable dance creation, participation and appreciation and to be a creative hub connecting people and ideas through dance. Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick advocates for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, we promote the creation of new and innovative work alongside a programme of classes and short performance projects for young people and adults.
Some of Dance Limerick’s ongoing activities include The Step Up Dance Project, the What Next Festival, the Light Moves Festival of Screendance and the Percolate Residency programme.
In 2021, Dance Limerick wishes to expand its civic role, relevance and reach within Limerick. In support of our new policy around Diversity & Inclusion we are seeking to develop new pathways for the public to connect with dance through participation, discussion and performance. We are now seeking to appoint an Dance Artist/Curator to co design and deliver the new pilot programme, Dance Limerick Connects.
The Role of the Dance Artist/Curator will be both developmental and delivery focused as follows:
• Research and nurture new partnerships that will extend participation in and participation and
engagement with creative dance among communities currently under served by Dance Limerick
• Cement partnerships with 2-3 key organisations who work with communities of place or interest
• Work with partners or communities directly to co-design or co-author a series of taster projects (2-3) using the tools of movement and participatory arts; and lead on delivery of these projects.
• Foster open communication and diverse participation through collaborative creative processes
• Develop reciprocal relationships where the voices and creativity of all participants are included
• Create work that explores social issues, context and challenges that are relevant to individuals/groups, either directly or indirectly and which promotes civic dialogue
• Feed into funding applications which can augment the scope of the programme
• Feed into evaluation processes and reports for funders
The resulting programme is intended to go beyond the usual goals of an outreach programme, often focused on bringing people into the venue. Rather, it seeks to extend Dance Limerick’s work beyond its own venue with the development of projects and artworks that are rooted in and of the communities where they are conceived. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape this new project and to foster and grow participation in and appreciation of dance as an art form.
The Dance Artist/Curator will be supported by Dance Limerick in the co-ordination of this pilot project: recruitment of participants, sourcing and overseeing any freelance facilitation, technical requirements, marketing and promotion. The Dance Artist/Curator will be responsible for the delivery of the programme and will be required to ensure that all policies and procedures including Child Safety and Health & Safety are adhered to. [Covid-19 pandemic policies – or public health advice etc.]
Person Specification / Essential Skills, Experience & Qualities:
• Experience in dance teaching and learning, ideally vocationally trained or equivalent.
• Experience of leading dance and participation projects.
• Experience of working inclusively with people of different ages and abilities through dance.
• An ability and genuine passion to work with communities in a variety of settings and with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
• Good partnership skills and the ability to build close working relationships with community groups and other organisations.
• Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills.
• Well organised with a flexible and proactive approach to work and the ability to deliver work within a timely and efficient manner.
• Willingness and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
We are particularly interested to hear from Dance Artists who have an established socially engaged practice.
Terms & Conditions
Timeline of role: As this is a pilot project, the role is offered for a period of 12 months: March 2021 – February 2022, on a contract for service basis and the Dance Artist/Curator will be responsible for his/her own tax reporting.
Fee: Dance Artist/Curator Fee is €17,000 (this equates to approximately 2.5 days weekly, though time can be blocked into discrete periods as appropriate for delivery of individual projects).
Additional personnel and production materials budget: €5,000.
Travel & Accommodation Budget: €3,000 (if artist is not Limerick-based). The Artist will ideally possess a full current category B Driving licence without any endorsements and have access to own vehicle.
Reports to Director at Dance Limerick.
Please send one PDF document to include:
Current CV (max 3-4 pages) along with a cover letter (up to 2 pages) outlining your experience / track record, the
kind of work you like to create, and your approach to the Dance Artist/Curator role.
Closing Date: Applications should be received by 12 noon on Monday 1 February 2021, via email to the Director, Jenny Traynor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortlisted artists will be invited to an online interview/discussion on Thursday 4 February.
Informal conversations/discussion about the role in advance of making application are very welcome.
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.
Updated 26 January 2021.
Arts Council: 2021 Funding Opportunities Announced
The Arts Council has announced more than 30 awards and funding schemes for 2021, designed to give to a wide range of artists and arts organisations the opportunity to apply for support. Included is a new ‘Agility Award’, an open and flexible grant scheme designed around the needs of professional artists and arts workers.
More info here.
Dance Limerick: Professional Morning Classes return from 27 January
This January we welcome Jazmin Chiodi to Dance Limerick. Jazmin joins us as our first guest teacher of 2021 for Professional Morning Classes.
More info here.
Dance Limerick Open Call: Dance Artist/Curator for Dance Limerick Connects
This funding will enable us to work with an Artist throughout 2021, to expand Dance Limerick’s reach, relevance and civic role within the city, using movement and the tools of socially engaged and collaborative interventions to explore issues of relevance to individuals and their communities.
More info here | Closing 1 February, 12 noon
Arts Council, The Grand Stretch: Open Call
The Grand Stretch / Coiscéim Coiligh is a unique artistic response to a unique chapter in Ireland's history. This season of arts events, ambitious in purpose, scale and scope will be brought to life by artists and cultural organisations across Ireland in June 2021.
Application form and guidelines accessible here from 11 January - 8 February.
Arts Council Dance Bursary Award
The purpose of the award is to support professional artists in the field of dance to develop their art practice. It provides artists at any stage of their career with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art.
More info here | Deadline 28 January
Arts Council Traditional Arts Bursary Award
This award supports professional artists to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art.
More info here | Deadline 28 January
Arts Council Markievicz Award
The Markievicz Award is administered by the Arts Council on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and is open via a public call to artists working in all arts genres supported by the Arts Council.
More info here | 4 February
Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme
This scheme is designed to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of art forms and arts practices. For individuals and organisations who wish to tour between May and December 2021.
More info here | Deadline 11 February
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.
Update 21/10/2020: Under Level 5 restrictions Dance Limerick, will close to the public from Thursday 22 October for a period of 6 weeks.
Dance Limerick will reopen to the public in Autumn 2020. We have implemented health and safety procedures in line with government and HSE Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the wellbeing of our audiences, class participants, artists and staff.
Please read these updates carefully when booking a class or performance at Dance Limerick:
- Temperature checks are taken as audience, class participants, staff and artists enter the buildings.
- There are hand disinfectant dispensers located at the front door or each building.
- 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).
- Dance Limerick staff will wear a mask or face covering.
- Performance audience members are also required to wear a mask or face covering when in the foyer of the studio building and during performances in our church building.
- Class participants have the option of wearing a mask or face covering when in the studio.
- All areas and surfaces in our Studio and Church venues are regularly sanitised throughout the day.
- Audience, class participants, performers and staff are advised to stay at home and contact their GP if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Updates to Dance Limerick’s Booking Process:
- When you book your ticket we collect your name and email address for contact tracing. Before you get to the venue we will send you a simple online safety screening form that must be filled in prior to your arrival. For weekly classes a form will need to be filled in on the morning of each class, this can be done on any phone, tablet or laptop.
- Performance tickets are purchased unallocated, a Dance Limerick staff member will show you seats before the show.
- We will operate 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 email@example.com, if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
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.
- 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.
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