Thu 17 Apr '14

Have you often wanted to give dance a go but never had the chance? Dance Limerick runs dance classes and workshops for all ages, abilities and experience. We have...
Contemporary Dance Classes for Adults on Tuesdays at 6pm (beginners & improvers)
Dance Classes for over 55's on Tuesdays at 2pm
Limerick Youth Dance, Wednesdays at 6pm
Ballet for Adults (beginners & improvers), Thursdays at 6pm
Starting with T (creative dance & writing workshops - no experience necessary), Mondays at 6pm (until 19 May)
Dance Classes for Tots on Fridays & Saturdays at 11am
Creative Movement for 5-8 yr olds on Saturdays at 12pm.
For further info on any of these, call Dance Limerick (061) 467813 or email

Tue 15 Apr '14

MIND IN THE FLESH is a symposium focusing on female bodies in contemporary performance. It incorporates artists’ talks and debates, performance lectures and workshops, alongside evening performances by world renowned artists.
Click on link to the right for full programme, schedule and booking form.

How do women portray, represent, stereotype, envision themselves today? How aware are we as makers and viewers about the body images and relationships we create and receive on a private and public sphere? How much diversity is there really? And, actually, what are female bodies?

Female Bodies are political, social, sexual, aesthetic, spiritual, economic and medial. This symposium is a creative and discursive platform, where we can discuss, question, engage and exchange what it means to work as a female performance artist both in a national and international context today. So let's talk about it, let's talk about female bodies.

National and international performers, artists and thinkers in the fields of Dance and Academia are invited to MIND IN THE FLESH.

Performers include Liz Aggiss, Editta Braun Company, David Hoyle and Lucy Suggate

MIND IN THE FLESH performance programme is supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014.

Step Up 2014
Tue 15 Apr '14

Open Call For Recent Dance Graduates
Step Up: Dance Project is delighted to announce its guest choreographer for 2014 as Michael Keegan-Dolan, Founder and Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.

This year Step Up: Dance Project will be a partnership with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. The project will give dance graduates an opportunity to work under the direction of choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan.

Step Up: Dance Project, aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.

We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2014 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.

Six participants will be selected to work with Michael Keegan Dolan and 4 members of Fabulous Beast in a six-week programme of rehearsals and development running 07 July to 17 August. The programme includes studio sharings in at Dance Limerick, DanceHouse in Dublin and at the Firkin Crane in Cork over the last weekend of the project 14 – 17 August.

Accommodation will be provided near UL and participants will receive an honorarium for their involvement. Applicants must be born or currently resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique.

Please send your CV, a web link of recent dance footage, along with a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to be involved in the project. Please e-mail applications by the deadline 5pm, Wednesday, April 16th 2014 to Dance Limerick ( with Step Up: Dance Project 2014 in the subject line.

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition with the choreographer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on Friday 9th May 2014. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in this year’s programme. Letters of offer will be sent in early May.

Step Up: Dance Project, is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick.

For any questions about the application process, please contact Lisa Hallinan, General Manager at or on 086 855 8509.

Dance Limerick welcomes MYSTERYSKIN/Roberta Jean for residency
MYSTERYSKIN in Residence at Dance Limerick
Mon 14 Apr '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome choreographer Roberta Jean/MYSTERYSKIN who is bringing dancers and musicians together to research a new work. You can read more about Roberta Jean at her website

Angie Smalis Director Limerick Youth Dance
Thu 03 Apr '14

The recently formed Limerick Youth Dance is gearing up for their first ever dance piece titled 'Reflections' taking place on Thursday 10th April in Dance Limerick's Daghdha Space.

Here's what Limerick Youth Dance Director Angie Smalis has to say about the group

"Limerick Youth Dance (LYD) has welcomed a group of young adults with a passion not only to dance but to explore their bodies and the possibilities those have. The classes are designed to inform the participants about contemporary dance techniques and answer questions about alignment, posture and wellbeing. As well, about the creative process and ‘how to make dances’ that not only serve as an expression of ideas and feelings but ‘dances’ that will be enjoyed by general audiences."

'Reflections' is a dance piece about the way the young dancers are thinking about their experiences in the studio and the bodily relationships they have managed to create with others in the group.

Describing the process of creating the work Angie says
"The basic challenge is to tune the body to the moment and not an ideal movement. A work in progress one could argue…"

Limerick Youth Dance will be joined with students from the MA in contemporary Dance and Choreography at University of Limerick, for the performance on the 10th April.

Arts Council Programme Funding | Lime Tree Theatre/Limerick City Council
Tue 11 Mar '14

The Lime Tree Theatre has been awarded funding from the Arts Council of €100,000 for the year April 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015. The award is for the programming of the performing and visual arts in Limerick city venues to support the making of work by local practitioners and towards developing a strategic approach to programming of venues. The funding is a continued partnership between the venue and Limerick City Council to ensure a professional
arts programme is presented in the city. This will be, in effect, the continuation of the interim Limerick Arts Encounter, whereby a sum of €120,000 was spent on programming in the city over a period of six months from October 2013 to March 2014. The new amount represents a cut in funding to the city, but the Lime Tree and Limerick City Council will endeavour to continue to present as full and high quality a programme as possible, augmented by the provision of new office facilities in 69 O’Connell Street.

As before, some of the work presented will be by touring companies in both the Lime Tree Theatre and the former Belltable at 69 O’Connell Street, and some will be by Limerick based practitioners in the Lime Tree, 69 O’Connell Street or other venues in the city as preferred. If you wish to be included in the programme, please fill out the Expression of Interest form and return to Louise Donlon at the Lime Tree Theatre or Sheila Deegan at Limerick City
Council with details of your proposal which should include:

Title of event
Discipline (music, theatre, film etc)
Preferred performance period – i.e summer/autumn 2014/Jan-March 2015
Funding required

Please bear in mind that there will be significant demand on relatively limited funds, so
competition will be extremely high. Programming will be chosen based on Arts Council
criteria – high quality work undertaken by full time, professional artists.

Please see external link to Expressions of Interest document

John Scott rehearsing with MA Students last Summer at Dance Limerick
Sat 08 Mar '14

Dance Limerick is looking forward to welcoming renowned choreographer John Scott from Irish Modern Dance Theatre back to Limerick with his performance of MAGNETIC. John Scott spent several weeks at Dance Limerick last year working with the MA Students in Contemporary Dance Performance. Now, he returns to the city with his company to perform a brand new piece of outstanding dance theatre, Magnetic

Created for five virtuosic dancers who have performed in everything from Broadway musicals to Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Magnetic has been described as an "explosive and joyous dance theatre work". Knowing the energy and passion that John puts into his performances we are sure that this will be a thrilling and entertaining evening.

Irish Modern Dance Theatre will perform Magnetic at Dance Limerick on Thursday 3rd April at 7:30pm. John and the dancers will host a talk about the performance after the show.

To find out more about the show and to book tickets click on the 'book tickets' link on the right (under EXTERNAL LINKS).

Dance Funding Clinic
Wed 15 Jan '14

We are delighted to welcome Davide Terlingo, Head of Dance at the Arts Council to lead a Dance Funding Clinic providing information about the various funding schemes offered to dance artists. The clinic will be held at 2pm on 23rd January at Daghdha Space.

Funding programmes covered will include Dance Project Award, Bursary Awards, Travel & Training and Dance Artist Residency Scheme only. The Clinic will cover:

The purpose and priorities of the award
The application process
The assessment and decision making process
Eligibility criteria

There will be an opportunity for Q&A and general advice for making an application. In order to provide a meaningful clinic, the focus will remain on the topics outlined above and it will not be possible to use the clinic to address individual or unsuccessful funding decisions.

Admission Free but please reserve a place at

Wed 04 Dec '13

Ballet Ireland's talented dancers are sizzling in this fantastic new ballet. Bizet's music is pure dance. And Lime Tree Theatre are offering PLAN members tickets for just €10 for the performance on 12 December.

Wed 04 Dec '13

Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and to Megan Kennedy for organising and submitting. The Travel & Training Awards offered by the Arts Council to Dance artists have been reinstated.
It is nice to know that change can be effected when we protest nicely. Many thanks to the Arts Council and all involved.

Thu 07 Nov '13

The city of Limerick has always been an important creative city for me. Some of my early works premiered at The Belltable Arts Centre, and recently The Lime Tree Theatre. I am excited to be back in Limerick and at Dance Limerick's beautiful venue at St.John's Church. It seems fitting that during our week of CoisCéim Connections programme, we are able to present "Missing" at St. Johns. I feel the work will grow and benefit from our time here, as the building has a beautifully atmospheric sense of place and creative contemplation.

I am looking forward to meeting the Limerick audiences and artists and hope this visit will be the beginning of a long and happy dialogue between CoisCéim and Dance Limerick.

David Bolger, Artistic Director

Dance Limerick hosts Liz Roche Company
A Word from Liz Roche
Mon 21 Oct '13

This week we have a chance to immerse ourselves in the creative process once again through our residency at Dance Limerick. The change in environment is welcome as it always has a positive effect on the making of a new piece. As your daily pattern changes so does your thinking and so we are expecting our time spent in St. Johns Church will be productive and inspiring. Its also great to be able to show an extract of the work on Saturday. These informal ways of showing work help us transition from the inward intensity of the development and rehearsal process into performance in a more gradual way, and also catch the work at an early point where feedback is vital.


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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