Surviving or Thriving? WHAT
Surviving or Thriving? WHAT
Wed 03 Mar '21

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon have announced details of an innovative new online series designed to support the wellbeing of arts professionals in Ireland, with particular relevance to the present Covid-19 pandemic. Entitled Surviving or Thriving?, the series of panel discussions, workshops and podcasts, which is open to all those working in the arts in Ireland and is free of charge, aims to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector. 

Surviving or Thriving? takes place over three weeks from 15 March - 1 April 2021, with podcasts and other online resources available ongoing. 

A special Dance Panel Exchange, chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, will take place on Thursday 25 March as part of the series, speakers include; choreographer David Bolger, choreographer and dance artist Catherine Young, and choreographer and dance artist Fearghus Ó Conchúir. A workshop facilitated by Dr Jenny Elliott, dance artist, Artistic Director and CEO, Arts Care, will take place on Friday 26 March. 

Each element of Surviving or Thriving? seeks to inspire and support, while acknowledging current challenges and realities. Recognising the need to break through the saturation of online events available and to offer real value to the target audience of arts professionals, WHAT has been liaising with national and regional art form and development organisations who have offered their expertise and guidance in developing the programme and putting together a high calibre line up of speakers. These organisations include Music Network, Visual Artists Ireland, Theatre Forum, Words Ireland, Create, Age and Opportunity, Minding Creative Minds and Dance Limerick.

For info on the Dance Panel Discussion click here

For info on the Dance Workshop click here

For full details of the Surviving or Thriving? programme click here

Dance Limerick Connects: Philippa Donnellan
Dance Limerick Connects
Wed 24 Feb '21

Following an Open Call earlier this year, Dance Limerick is thrilled to announce Philippa Donnellan as curator for Dance Limerick Connects.

Dance Limerick Connects is a new programme that aims to create pathways for communities in Limerick to connect with dance through participation, discussion, and performance. The programme seeks to extend the organisation’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. The aims and values of the programme are supported by Dance Limerick's Diversity & Inclusion Policy.

We are looking forward to working with Philippa over the next year in continuing Dance Limerick's mission to champion and enable dance creation, participation, and appreciation in our community. 

About Philippa Donnellan

Philippa Donnellan is an independent professional dance artist and choreographer based in Dublin. Her creative practice is collaborative and multi-disciplinary and focuses on exploring themes and stories that respond to the place and time in which we live, by engaging with varied communities of age, experience, culture, and location.

No stranger to Dance Limerick, Philippa has choreographed several works in last number of years including: Here’s Looking at You Kid (2016) and Choral Moves (2017) as part of the Over 50s Dance Project, and Sofa Stories (2019). She also worked with a group of local women in 2019 during a 2-week research residency in our studio.

From 2006 to 2020 Philippa was Director of CoisCéim BROADREACH participation and engagement programme of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, and in 2020-21 took on the role of BROADREACH Advisor. As an independent artist, Philippa began Body of Work Movement Research Project (2020-21) to explore themes of work with different communities. In January 2021, in collaboration with dancer Olwyn Lyons, she became dancer in residence in two Dublin and Kildare centres as part of Age & Opportunity Artist in Residence in Care Settings 2021, supported by Creative Ireland.

Open Futures 2021 Open Call
Open Futures 2021 Open Call
Fri 29 Jan '21

Studio Light Moves is an initiative of the Light Moves Festival of Screendance, aimed at investing in and nurturing creative process and inquiry in dance, technology and screen-based dance practices. In partnership with Dance Limerick, The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre UL, Studio Light Moves is delighted to announce its 2021 development programme, Open Futures.

Open Futures 2021 is a test ground and critical exchange residency-based platform for dance artists and media artists interested in collaborating to explore the intersection of dance with media and screen-based practices. The project will enable 8 artists, consisting of 4 collaborating pairs, from the fields of dance and the digital arts, to investigate and explore the potential for interdisciplinary exchange that encompasses practices for the stage, gallery, installation, and outdoor settings. With an emphasis on creative process, the project will facilitate experimentation and exploration of methods and approaches. This process will occur within a mentored and technically supported environment.

Applications are welcomed from individuals or proposed duo partnerships between a dance artist and a media artist at any career stage. Successful individual applications will be matched with corresponding partners.

Open Futures 2021 is designed around a two-week creative process residency for 4 dance and media artist pairs, peer exchange and facilitated discussions with practitioners working in dance and technology and a €5K continuity bursary awarded to one selected artist pair to continue beyond the residency period.

Open Futures 2021 supports dance artists and media artist’s time, space, and equipment to work in collaboration over 2 weeks. Applicants may either propose their own collaborator or request to be partnered with one working in their area(s) of interest. (In this instance Light Moves and consultants will match collaborators in relationship to interest and experience.)

Open Futures 2021 aims to focus on collaborations in between dance and digital media practices including: video mapping, real-time image capture and/or generation, motion sensors, cinematography, coding, immersive video, game engines, real-time/interactive sound, generative audio and moving image installation methods. Applicants will be asked to describe the area(s) they wish to explore, what access to the related technologies and software they already have to hand and to specify what may be additionally required for this research process. It is anticipated media artists will have access to their own laptop and related software. All dance genres are welcomed.

Open Futures 2021 residency artists are encouraged to build a relationship with Light Moves Festival and residency artists will participate in sharing their experiences arising from their exploration at the Festival event hosted in September 2021. Following this event, a €5,000 continuity bursary will be awarded to one artist or artist pair to act as a spring-board towards further developing their work and to aid in acquiring funding.

Closing Friday 5 March. 

For Full Open Call info and Application Details see

Dance Classes for Adults. Photo by Don Moloney
Dance Classes for Adults
Thu 14 Jan '21

Our popular Evening & Day Classes for Adults continue this Spring with a new term from March 2021.

Our online Dance Limerick at Home series invites you to move with us from the safety of your own home. Join us for Ballet for Beginners, Ballet for ImproversContemporary Dance (beginners and improvers), Professional Classes and our Over 50s Dance Project.

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 rolling dates | Click here

Booking & Info for Contemporary Dance Classes starting 16 March | Click here.

Booking & Info for Ballet for Beginners starting 17 March | Click here.

Booking & Info for Ballet for Improvers starting 17 March | Click here.

Booking & Info for Professional Classes rolling dates | Click here.


Photo by Lucy Dawson/Shane Vaughan
Open Call for Artist/Curator
Tue 12 Jan '21

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.

Application Process

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

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 Special Commissions. Rebecca Lee performing at Step Up 2018
Step Up Special Commissions
Thu 17 Dec '20

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:

- Aliina Lindroos (Dublin), will work with Millie Daniel Dempsey

- Chrissie Ardill (Donegal/Glasgow), will work with Ryan O’Neill

- Rebecca Lee (Dublin), will work with Rocio Dominguez

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.

European Dancehouse Network
Wed 09 Dec '20

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.

Dance News & Opportunities. Pietro Marullo's 'WRECK' Photo by Lucy Dawson
Dance News & Opportunities
Fri 27 Nov '20

Updated 4 March 2021

Surviving or Thriving? | Waterford Healing Arts Trust & The Arts Council 

Surviving or Thriving? is a series of panel discussions, workshops and podcasts, which is open to all those working in the arts in Ireland. It is free of charge and aims to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector. A special Dance Panel Exchange and Workshop take place on 25 and 26 March. 

15 March - 1 April 2021 | More info here

Professional Morning Classes | With Catherine Young

This Feb/Mar we welcome Catherine Young back to Dance Limerick. Catherine joins us as our second guest teacher of 2021 for Professional Morning Classes.

From Wed 24 Feb | More info here

Open Call: Studio Light Moves | Open Futures 2021 

Open Futures 2021 (brought to you by Light Moves Festival of Screendance and Studio Light Moves) will enable 8 artists, consisting of 4 collaborating pairs, from the fields of dance and the digital arts, to investigate and explore the potential for interdisciplinary exchange that encompasses practices for the stage, gallery, installation, and outdoor settings.

More info here | Closing 5 March

Open Call: Residencies for Irish based dance artists with Tipperary Dance Platform

Tipperary Dance Platform’s International Residences Exchange programme is designed to support dance creation and the development of international links in the dance sector in Ireland. It provides creation residences and facilitates the encounter between Irish-based artists and our International partners Trois C-L in Luxemburg and Grand Studio in Brussels. The 2021 programme will support two projects from Ireland, and host one project from each of TDP's international partner venues.

More info here | Closing 5 March 

Applications Open | Dublin Fringe Festival 2021

Applications are now open to artists to perform in the 2021 Dublin Fringe Festival. 

More info here | Closing 11 March

2021 Funding Opportunities Announced | Arts Council

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

Cinderella's by Alexandros Stavropoulos. Photo by Kat Georgudis
Aerowaves Twenty21 Artists
Fri 06 Nov '20

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.

Sarah Fennell
Percolate Residency - Sarah Fennell
Thu 10 Sep '20

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.

Residency - Mary Wycherley
Thu 10 Sep '20

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.

Thu 10 Sep '20

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.



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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