Thu 04 Jun '15

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome Hélène Cathala as guest choreographer of Step Up Dance Project 2015.

Hélène Cathala worked as a dancer and close collaborator with Dominique Bagouet and Trisha Brown from 1989-1992. In 1993, she co-founded the Compagnie La Camionetta with Fabrice Ramalingom, with whom she created numerous dance productions. She then initiated a collective project for research and experimentation, Changement de Proprietaire (Change of Ownership), in Montpellier. In 2006 she embarked on a solo career, forming her own company Hors Commerce, investigating the world of dance, theatre, literature and choreography.

Step Up Dance Project is an intensive five-week programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development, open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.

The five dancers, selected from an Open Call earlier this year, who will participate in Step Up: Dance Project 2015 are:

- Amy Robyn Lyster
- Hayley Cunningham
- Jessie Keenan
- Marion Cronin
- Olwyn Lyons

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

Working with Hélène Cathala, they will create a new dance work to be performed at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in Dublin. Performances will take place over the last days of the project. Guest dance teachers will also work with the participants over the five week period.

6th July - 8th August

Dance Limerick: Thurs 6th August
Firkin Crane, Cork: Fri 7th August
DanceHouse, Dublin: Sat 8th August

News from Colin Dunne
Mon 11 May '15

Limerick based dance artist, Colin Dunne will be performing in London in May, as part of a major collaboration between the Tate Modern and French company Musée de la danse under its director Boris Charmatz.

Dunne is one of a number of international artists and thinkers who have been invited to participate in 20 Dancers for the XX Century, which takes place in the museum’s gallery spaces for a period of 48 hours.

Thu 09 Apr '15

"Eat Your Children", a new film about Ireland, austerity and dissent, which explores the role of the activist in society, will be screened at Dance Limerick as part of The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas.

The Limerick Spring celebrates the role of the citizen in the political life of Limerick. The festival's theme this year is "Citizen Activist – how the citizens of Limerick, Ireland and Europe can shape our own futures into 2015 and beyond".

"Eat Your Children" is a provocation, an inside out activist film, that tries to document something that seems to be invisible. It is a road trip quest by two friends who emigrated from Ireland during the financial crash – now they have come back to find out why Ireland does not resist austerity in the way that people seem to do in the rest of Europe.

The film’s formal use of observational footage, street voxpop, archive material, metaphorical visual essay language mixed with on-the-road verite, makes for a rich and accessible tapestry of audiovisual material that immerses the viewer in the world of the protagonist-filmmakers, who are trying to understand identity, post-colonialism, nationalism, globalisation, resistance and the discontented in contemporary Ireland and Europe.

Ireland’s reaction to the banking crisis asks future generations to keep paying off a dead bank’s debt. Taking its title from Jonathan Swift’s 1729 "A Modest Proposal" that suggested Ireland eat its young as a solution to poverty, "Eat Your Children" continues in this satirical tradition to explore contemporary economic hardship, and the response and lack thereof, to unprecedented austerity measures.

Director, Writer, Producer: Treasa O’Brien
Co-Director & Writer: Mary Jane O’Leary
Stinging Hornet Films

Wed 08 Apr '15

Limerick Youth Dance, run by Dance Limerick, will begin its new term on Wednesday 15 April with an open session for new members at Dance Limerick Studio, John’s Square, Limerick. Limerick Youth Dance is an ensemble of young people aged 15-25 years interested in developing as dancers, performing on stage and screen and meeting other like-minded young people. The open session is a great opportunity for any young person interested in giving dance a go. All are welcome. This session is free and will run from 6pm-8pm.

Limerick Youth Dance meets every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at Dance Limerick Studio. Joining Limerick Youth Dance means making a commitment to be part of a dance ensemble - a group of people dedicated to dance projects - participating in weekly workshops and meeting other young dancers. Limerick Youth Dance has been very active in the past year, creating and presenting performances with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, students from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL and producer/composer NUBUS. The members were also part of the hugely successful Culture Night celebration at John’s Square with Music Generation, Limerick Youth Theatre and Scoil Uí Ruairc Irish Dancing School.

Limerick Youth Dance is led by dance artist Angie Smalis. Angie trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in her home country of Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Volksoper Wien. She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. In addition to Limerick Youth Dance, at Dance Limerick Angie also teaches a Contemporary Dance Class for Over 55s every Monday and a Contemporary Dance Class for Adults every Tuesday. She is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of contemporary dance artists with intellectual disabilities. Angie is also a proud mother of 5!

Mon 30 Mar '15

We have dance classes for all ages every week at Dance Limerick!

See our schedule below and click links on right for further details about any of the classes.

Contemporary Dance for Adults
Tuesdays | 6pm-7.15pm | €12 (class) / €60 for six classes

Limerick Youth Dance (15-25yrs)
Wednesdays | 6pm-8pm | €100 per term

Ballet for Adults
Thursdays | 6pm-7.15pm | €12 (class) / €60 (six classes)

Dance Club for Tots (1)*
Saturdays | 10am-11.45am | €40 (six classes)
*Please Note: This class is full. Please email if you would like to go on our waiting list.

Dance Club for Tots (2)*
Saturdays | 11am-11.45am | €40 (six classes)
*Please Note: This class is full. Please email if you would like to go on our waiting list.

Dance Club for 5-8yrs
Saturdays | 12 noon - 12.45pm | €40 (six classes)

Dance Club for 9-14yrs*
Saturdays | 1pm-2pm | €40 (six classes)
*Please Note: This class is full. Please email if you would like to go on our waiting list.

Professional Classes
Professional Dance Classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio during residencies by visiting dance artists and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students. See links on right for further details.

Wed 18 Mar '15

Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit screendance works for consideration for Light Moves: Festival of Screendance 2015.

The Festival takes place at Dance Limerick from 19-22 November and follows the highly successful inaugural event last year.

The Early Bird submission deadline has now passed. The final deadline is 10 June 2015.

Full details from (link on right) or by clicking on the files below (Open Call and Terms & Conditions).

Wed 18 Mar '15

Applications are invited for Step Up: Dance Project 2015, an intensive five-week programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development with guest choreographer Hélène Cathala, open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years.

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

Please click the link below for full details.

Applications should be emailed to by Friday 17 April 2015.

Wed 25 Feb '15

Dance Limerick is delighted to present Marble and Bread, a promenade dance theatre piece by choreographer Megan Kennedy, Limerick's first Dance Artist-in-Residence.
The Sailor's Home, O'Curry Street, Limerick.
Performers: Luke Brown, Deirdre Griffin, Marc Stevenson, Tilly Webber.

More details to follow shortly.

Photo by Maurice Gunning

Fri 16 Jan '15

We have been overwhelmed with the interest in our Dance Club for Tots! This class is now FULL (as of 16th January).
If anyone would like to go on a waiting list for this class, please email with:
- Your name
- The age of your child
- Your contact telephone number and email address

If places become available, we will contact you on a first come first served basis.

Thank you everyone for your interest in our Dance Club!

Luke Murphy presents Your Own Man/Mad Notions
Tue 06 Jan '15

Following his successful residency at Dance Limerick in 2014, we're delighted to welcome back US based dancer and choreographer Luke Murphy to premiere his exciting new work "Your Own Man/Mad Notions", which fuses storytelling, rich imagery and dynamic movement to create a personal essay on the nature of leaving, returning and searching for home.
This intimate and personal piece of dance theatre reveals the quiet story of a man from Cork outside of Cork, a dancer from Ireland away from Ireland and the difficulties of maintaining a long distance relationship with one's cultural identity.
Mark your diary now!

Maiden Voyage Dance presents Quartet for 15 Chairs - Family Show
Tue 06 Jan '15

Dance Limerick is pleased to welcome back Maiden Voyage Dance with their new dance show for all the family, which brings four dancers and a cast of 15 chairs together in a riotous and playful game of musical movement.
Let your imagination run free to their mischievous antics and be swept along with music from Bach and award winning composer Brian Irvine.
"an ingeniously executed piece" Belfast Telegraph
Choreographed by Enrique Cabrera.

Maiden Voyage Dance is Northern Ireland's leading dance commissioning company and is well known for producing distinctive dance performances and programmes that stimulate and enrich audiences and participants. The company is artist-led and works with local, national and international collaborators.

Irish Modern Dance Theatre/John Scott presents The Big Message, Wandering & Actions
Tue 06 Jan '15

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome back renowned choreographer John Scott to present a vibrant evening of dance this January. "The Big Message" is an exquisite new solo work, performed by the extraordinary French dancer Kevin Coquelard. "Wandering", exploring the notion of the outsider, brings together operatic arias and dance in this exciting new work-in-progress created and performed by John Scott. The evening concludes with the crowd favourite "Actions", a spectacular duet with Ryan O'Neill and Kevin Coquelard.
Not to be missed!

Click link on right to book tickets.


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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