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

Dance Limerick's Dance Clubs for Young People return this October after a long break! 

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.

Autumn / Winter Timetable starting Saturday 23 October 

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

Dance Club for 5-8yrs | More Info

Dance Club for 9-14yrsMore Info


Important Info

Covid-19 & Health and Safety: The health and safety of our audience, visitors, artists, staff and volunteers is a priority.

- All Dance Limerick events follow Government and HSE guidelines.
- By booking this event, you acknowledge and take responsibility for your own health screening, and that of the class participant. You agree to comply with government directives, and you will not attend this event if you are unwell.
- We will continue to follow government guidelines, and we will update our website and social media channels on a regular basis.
- Alternatively contact our box office team with any queries on / 061 400 994.

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


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Tue 22 Jun '21

There is still time to watch all four WHAT NEXT dance festival performance programmes On Demand.

Performance streams:

- BABAE is available until Tuesday 22 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.

- STEP UP TRIPLE BILL is available until Wednesday 23 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.

- NO FOLLOWING is available until Thursday 24 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.

- NUTCRUSHER is available until Thursday 24 June at 11:59pm. Click here to book.

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Tue 15 Jun '21

Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick have come together to offer an Associate Artist programme for a dance artist (based in Ireland) beginning in September 2021. The programme can last for up to one year. The aim is to support the creative practice and organisational  development (if required) of a practitioner with at least 3 years post-college experience, and who has presented at least one (post college) work at professional venue or festival.

Benefits for Artist

The Associate Artist Programme will be individually tailored to the needs of the Artist and in discussion with the Artist once selected. The following list is not exhaustive and some benefits may be less relevant for some applicants.

- A Research & Development fund of €7,000 towards the creation of a new work to be presented at Dance Limerick’s WHAT NEXT dance festival.
- Up to four weeks studio space at Dance Limerick.
- One week at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance for the purpose of developing research ideas with the MA Contemporary Dance Performance students.
- Technical support if required, from Dance Limerick’s Technical Manager.
- Opportunities to share research and receive feedback.
- Coaching and support from Irish World Academy of Music & Dance faculty staff and associated/guest artists.
- Coaching and support with writing about your work, for application, presentation and proposal purposes from Dance Limerick.
- Support in seeking opportunities for presenting your work, if required.
- Visibility and profile within Dance Limerick’s communications including website and social media.

What Do We Expect

- Active engagement with Dance Limerick’s events, programmes and networking opportunities.
- Confidence in working with students at MA level, in researching and testing ideas.
- Dance Limerick & the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance identified as supporters of work arising from the Associate Programme.
- Dance Limerick & Irish World Academy of Music & Dance logos included in all printed materials of work arising from the Associate Programme.
- At least two News updates for Dance Limerick’s website, over the course of the programme.
- Involvement in evaluation and reflection of the Associate Artist scheme.

How to Apply

Email one PDF document including the below list information, by the end of the day on Wednesday 7 July:

- Artist Statement (max 300 words)
- CV
- Outline of proposed work programme (max 600 words)
- Links to up to three examples of your work (links only, no files)
- Any additional information you would like to share

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a selection panel to include the Director of Dance Limerick and the Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL.

Priority will be given to artists who: 

- Have presented at least one publicly performed work to an audience at a professional venue/festival/context;
- Propose a clear programme of work and objectives;
- Have the capacity to initiate opportunities for themselves.

WHAT NEXT Festival Welcome
WHAT NEXT Festival Welcome
Tue 18 May '21

Welcome to WHAT NEXT 2021, a week-long feast of performance, discussion and participation. While disappointed that we cannot gather as we normally do, we hope you’ll join us online, for live streamed performances, workshops, and a reading group which we hope will inspire discussion, reflection and anticipation to come together again at live events this Autumn. We're pleased to welcome back to Limerick, Aliina, Chrissie and Rebecca with new work specially commissioned by Step Up Dance Project. We also look forward to welcoming Lisa Fingleton, Prof. Nicholas Rowe, Maria Nilsson Waller and Stace Gill who will stimulate thoughts and ideas around sustainability of practice, for artists and organisations.

Finally, we look forward to sharing Rachel Sheil’s Associate Artist commission, and the work of our Aerowaves Artists, Joy Alpuerto Ritter and Sung Im Her.

Many thanks to our funders, friends, and supporters who enable us to present Limerick as a dynamic centre for dance.

- Catherine Young (Catherine Young Dance) & Jenny Traynor (DanceLimerick), WHAT NEXT Curators

Return to Festival Calendar here.

Dublin Dance Festival 2021
Dublin Dance Festival 2021
Mon 17 May '21

This May Dublin Dance Festival brings fresh, daring and courageous dance online. They will present new and pioneering dance performances, glimpses behind the scenes and moments for families, artists and communities to connect.

Dance Limerick has selected some highlights from this year's programme below: 

Workshops & Master Classes | €10 

As part of the Summer 2021 Edition, there is a wide selection of master classes, workshops and participative events to get everybody moving. Delve into the creative process and explore movement with Festival artists to get the most from your DDF experience. 

Find out more here

Dēmos: films of separation and togetherness - Liz Roche Company / Crash Ensemble (Ireland)  

A suite of short films navigating absence and presence through movement and sound. Filmed on the Abbey stage, the superb cast of Liz Roche Company dancers and Crash Ensemble musicians come together to perform scenes from the new work, made in collaboration with filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez. Bringing together dancers and musicians, it poses urgent questions of how to feel together in a time when togetherness feels fractured.  

Availability from 7pm, Tues 18 May – 11:59pm, Sat 29 May | €12   

Find out more here

dyad – Justine Doswell (Ireland)  

dyad is a new duet created by Justine Doswell, framed in the magnificent surroundings of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. This evocative work reflects on the qualities of a woman whose faith and body served as a connection between the human and the divine: Mary / Maryam. A woman chosen among all women, revered in both Christianity and Islam. A link across time, culture and creed. A meditation on archetype and architecture, dyad delves into the complex nature of interconnection, twinned concepts and shared ideals.   

Available online: 7pm, Thurs 20 May – 11:59pm, Mon 31 May | €8 

 Find out more here

Modes of Capture Symposium 2021 – Decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment  

Presented by The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (UL), Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival  

A 3-day online symposium for dance artists, collaborators and arts professionals exploring themes of decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment in dancemaking within current modes of dancemaking and documentation. Curators Dr Jenny Roche, Liz Roche and Dr Róisín O’Gorman, have brought together a group of local and international academics, dance artists, practitioners and scholars for the event, who will be sharing their work through a series of recorded presentations, live-streamed discussions, workshops and performances. 

Fri 21 - Sun 23 May | €25 full weekend / €10 1-day pass  

Find out more here.

Thu 13 May '21

WHAT NEXT dance festival 2021 brings you a programme of fresh and captivating performances and interactions from a bold new generation of dance artists. Dive In, Discover Dance at WHAT NEXT, 14-19 June at Dance Limerick. 

This year, we are delighted to invite you to join us both online and in person, with our Watch at Dance Limerick, and Watch at Home tickets. Watch at Dance Limerick tickets include a table for two people to watch the performance streams on a cinema screen in our beautiful venue, St. John's Church, John's Square. 

Events below are marked as Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home.

Download our Festival Brochure HERE or scroll down to view the calendar of events day by day.


Festival Welcome 

All Week, Monday 14 - Friday 18 June 

What Next Dance Clubs for Young People 

Monday 14 June

WOMEN & WORK, THE CONTRACT Taster Workshop - Watch at Home

Tuesday 15 June 

Bodies of Water Reading Group - Watch at Home

Thursday 17 June

BABAE by Joy Alpuerto Ritter + Festival Opening - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

Friday 18 June

Lost, Found & Discovered: Professional Workshop with Philippa Donnellan - Watch at Home

Bodies of Water Reading Group - Watch at Dance Limerick

Step Up Commissions Programme Triple Bill - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

Saturday 19 June

Context, Relevance & Sustainability: Panel Discussion - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

Professional Workshop with Sung Im Her - Watch at Home

NO FOLLOWING by Rachel Sheil - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

NUTCRUSHER by Sung Im Her - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home

Festival Artists Q&A - Watch at Dance Limerick or Watch at Home


Pre-Booking required for all events, see individuals event page for details. 

For Dance Limerick's full Covid-19 Safety Protocols and Guidelines click here.

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Job Opportunity: Executive Artistic Director at Firkin Crane
Tue 11 May '21

A Dynamic Visionary Executive Artistic Director Sought for Firkin Crane, Cork.

Firkin Crane seeks to appoint a dynamic visionary Executive Artistic Director to lead the organisation into a new phase of reinvigoration and redevelopment. Firkin Crane are looking to recruit an exceptional Executive Artistic Director with experience in providing bold and vibrant artistic leadership, is enterprising, professional, and personable, with the necessary business, communication and managerial skills required for this exciting new role in developing a new phase for the organisation. This appointment represents a fundamental change in Firkin Crane's management structure, and comes at an exciting moment in their history as they embark on a restructuring, rebranding and programme review process.

The ideal candidate will be a dance & arts professional with strong curatorial dance programming experience, who will demonstrate a clear artistic vision for the future development of Firkin Crane. The board of directors are open to receiving applications, from dance practitioners, who are interested in proposing a plan that combines their creative practice, curatorial experience, artistic vision and leadership skills.

Key requirements include an emphasis on artistic ambition, within an approach that balances, Firkin Crane's commitment to:  

- dance artists’ professional development;
- audience development;
- community engagement;
- growth and sustainability.

Deadline: 12 noon, Friday 28 May 2021.
Find out more at

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Thu 22 Apr '21

Please note: Booking for WOMEN & WORK: The Contract performances on Culture Night, Friday 17 September, and Saturday 18 September, opens on Friday 3 September. Please check back then to reserve your place.

A creative performance project open to women aged 18 to 80+. Led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, produced in association with Dance Limerick as part of the new initiative DL.BRIDGE. Kindly supported through an Arts Participation Award 2020 from the Arts Council.

WOMEN & WORK, THE CONTRACT is a new intergenerational dance theatre project open to women aged 18 to 80+ taking place from 3 August to 19 September 2021, plus taster workshops in June / July. Led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan, it takes a quizzical look at life at work– from the highs and lows to the fabulous and humdrum as experienced by women. Be it in the office, at home or in virtual reality, this vivid new project delves into the knotty relationships of the workplace, to query what happens when routines and responsibilities shift, trust breaks down, and agreements go awry.  

Site Specific Performance

WOMEN & WORK,THE CONTRACT will culminate in a special site specific performance by the participants, and presented in the unusual setting of a Limerick City office as part of Culture Night weekend, 17 – 19 September 2021. 

Taster Dance / Theatre Workshops (via Zoom)

Led by Choreographer Philippa Donnellan and Theatre Artist Ruth Lehane.

You are invited to collaborate with other women, to develop your dance/drama skills, to co-author stories about women and work, and to devise and perform dance theatre. The taster workshops will introduce you to the artists and the project themes through technical and creative dance practice and dramatic tasks. Come along and find out how to get involved!

Free of charge, all experiences and abilities welcome. 

Take part in 1, or more as you prefer.

Dates: Mondays, 14, 21 June and 12, 19 July

Time: 6.30-8pm

To Register for the Taster Workshops or for More Information: Email with the subject Women & Work: The Contract. 

CREATIVE PERFORMANCE PROJECT | What's involved in taking part?

Experience of dance, theatre and performance of any genre is useful, but it is not essential to be able to participate in this project. There is no charge for taking part in the Women & Work, The Contract. 

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, and in line with Covid 19 guidelines, this project will be developed in 3 small groups (A, B & C), with a max of 5 participants per group (8 participants for online workshops). 

- All groups will be part of the same final performance piece

The project offers an opportunity to participate, create and perform live and/or digitally, with a schedule designed to suit your needs as you wish! 

- You may select your preferred group 

PROJECT SCHEDULE | 3 August to 19 September

Sessions will run on the following days/times for each group: 

GROUP A (Online) | Starts Tuesday 3 August
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6 - 8pm | Via Zoom, Max 8 people
Saturdays: Live practice at Dance Limerick in September / exact times tbc

GROUP B (Live) | Starts Wednesday 4 August
Wednesdays & Fridays: 3 - 5.30pm | In person at Dance Limerick Studio, Max 5 people
Saturdays, mornings if required tbc

GROUP C (Live) | Starts Wednesday 4 August
Wednesdays & Fridays: 6 - 8.30pm | In person at Dance Limerick Studio, Max 5 people
Saturdays, mornings if required tbc

Project Background

WOMEN & WORK, THE CONTRACT began in 2019 as part of Philippa’s Percolate Residency at Dance Limerick through creative research with a group of local women. Out of this lively process different stories and dramatic ideas grew, and interest in collaborating to develop a site specific dance theatre performance piece. 

The Artists

Philippa Donnellan | Choreographer | More info here

Ruth Lehane | Theatre Artist | More info here.

Rachel Sheil | Project Dance Coordinator | More info here.

About Philippa Donnellan's Previous Work

Highlight Video from a recent projectBODY OF WORK | What's the story?, at axis, Ballymun | Click here to watch.

An example of other projects led by Philippa can be viewed on CoisCéim dance theatre's website here.


In the event that live performances will be restricted, WOMEN & WORK | THE CONTRACT will be redeveloped as a digital dance and performance project during this period. Participants will be guided through an exploratory online process, that will focus on creating dance theatre for the small screen. This digital project will culminate in a special online, public screening event in Autumn 2021.



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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