Intended to thoroughly warm-up the body/mind, Michelle’s approach to dance training is grounded in physiological and kinesthetic concepts of efficient, easy-flowing movement. Michelle is heavily influenced by the principles of Erick Hawkins, whose approach to dance training is considered the forerunner of “release technique”. Promoting a strong, integrated torso to support free limbs and joints, the class will proceed from sitting and lying floor-work, to standing exercises and dynamic movement phrases through space.
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Michelle Nance currently serves as a Professor and Director of the Dance Program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She has studied and taught the technique of Erick Hawkins extensively, and served as the Assistant School Director for the Erick Hawkins School of Dance in the mid-1990s. Her choreography has been commissioned and produced in the U.S. at prestigious dance festivals and venues including: the American College Dance Festival, Austin Dance Festival, Frontera Fest, Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, Boulder Creek Festival, Dance for the Planet, Barefoot Brigade, Hunter College Legacy Series, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Field Day (NYC). Internationally, she has presented choreography, performed, and taught in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Scotland, Chile, Greece, and France. Ms. Nance has had the honor and privilege of performing in the works of many notable American choreographers and dance companies, including Erick Hawkins, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Douglas Andresen, Darla Johnson, Katherine Duke, LeAnne Smith, Nada Diachenko, David Capps, Nicole Wesley, Ellen Bartel Dance Collective, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Shay Ishii Dance Company, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, and Susana Williams/Danceforms Productions.
She currently co-creates and performs in screendance works and live choreography with WE Create Productions and The Margarita Clan. Ms. Nance earned a MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2001.
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