STEP UP 2022 Participants Announced

Tue 1 Mar 22

Following a competitive Open Call earlier this year, we're delighted to announce the STEP UP dance project 2022 participants: Mia Bradley-Evans, Roberta Ceginskaite, Yumi Lee, Michael McEvoy, and Hannah Scully.

This year’s young dancers will work with choreographer and STEP UP Dance Project Fearghus Ó Conchúir on creation and performance of a new dance work. They will also learn repertoire with Finola Cronin and Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf.

Participants will also have an opportunity to audition / interview for paid placements offered by John Scott, Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall; and Liz Roche, Artistic Director of Liz Roche Dance Company.

About the participants

Mia Bradley-Evans is a dance artist and choreographer currently based in the west of Ireland. Mia completed her training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in 2019 while also being a member of The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland 2019, where she got to tour internationally with the company. After returning to Ireland in 2020, Mia worked with Galway Dance Project, Galway Capital of Culture 2020 and Dansnest, researching and creating dance pieces which could be accessible to communities who may not usually go to the theatre as part of the project ‘Galway Moves’. Mia has now come to a place in her journey where she hopes to now openly explore dance performance and choreography with a more holistic approach and use her passion to inspire and connect with other people through these shared experiences.

Roberta Ceginskaite was born in Lithuania in 1996 and relocated to Ireland in 2005. Roberta considers herself a nomad based in Ireland. She attended Inchicore College in Dublin for two years, before attending Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in The Netherlands. Roberta says of herself ‘I dance –  I read and do some inbetweens(?)’.  She is strongly committed to playing, creating and connecting with others.

Yumi Lee is an Irish based professional dancer, improviser and performer. She holds a MA degree in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She started ballet training at 6 years old in South Korea and additionally trained in jazz, traditional dance, and aerial dance. Since her graduation, she has worked with dance artists Winona Lin, Liz Roche Dance Company, Helga Deasy, Mary Nunan, Tobi Omoteso and more.

Michael McEvoy is a dance researcher and theatre maker. Specialising in contemporary dance performance and choreography, Michael has had the great pleasure to work in TV, Film, Musical Theatre, Opera and most commonly dance theatre. With special skills including partnering and choreology, Michael has had the pleasure to work alongside Maiden Voyage Dance, Oona Doherty, Roisin Whelan Dance and Northern Ireland Opera. Graduating from Laban in 2019 with a first class BA Hons in Contemporary Dance, Michael has enjoyed being a part of new creations with dance company’s along side producing his own work with MMK Productions, POKE Theatre and commissions from ACNI & MVD. Michael is looking forward to being part of STEP UP with Dance Limerick 2022, and has ambitions to keep working with Irish Choreographers and producing work nationwide.

Hannah Scully is a Wexford based dance artist who is inspired by Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and in that, how social culture and politics affect movement and expression. She recently graduated from The University of Limericks contemporary dance program and since has performed as a part of choreographer Saeed Hani’s research and development work ‘ROOT’, thanks to Tipperary Dance Platform. She also joined the Irish Aerial Creation Center for their 2021 Creative Intensive. Hannah is especially looking forward to the collaborative process during the Step Up project, finding joy in solidarity.

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