Resources for Artists (Archive)


last: Wed 15 Jun '16

Want to dance? Meet new friends? Limerick Youth Dance meets: Wednesdays*, 6pm-8pm Dance Limerick Studio For 15-25yrs - New members welcome! *New terms starts Wednesday 13 April 2016. Limerick Youth Dance is a great opportunity for young people who have a passion for dance to develop as a dancer, to create new dance pieces and to perform on stage and screen. 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 - meeting other young dancers Participants join up for a term/year with Limerick Youth Dance. Term 1: Sept-Dec 2015 Term 2: Jan-April 2016 Term 3: April-June 2016 Fee Per Term: €100.00 Teacher: Angie Smalis 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. Angie relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. 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! Photo: Still from Limerick Youth Dance film "Stoixeia/Elements", created by LYD members in Spring-Summer 2015, filmed by Dominik Kosicki. Stoixeia/Elements received a Special Mention in the Outstanding Student Work Award category at the Light Moves 2015 Festival Awards, and reached the final of Fresh Film Festival 2016. Click on video link to view the film (10 mins)


last: Fri 26 Aug '16

Kundalini Yoga for Beginners, with Tricia McGlacken Ryan Fridays 6pm-7.30pm | Dance Limerick Studio To book: (086) 3483020 / Kundalini Yoga, developed by Yogi Bhajan, is a safe and comprehensive system which combines breathing, stretching, movement, meditation and more for the experience of spirit and to heal your life. No experience in yoga is necessary, all welcome. Not just a physical discipline, Kundalini Yoga encompasses the whole person: body, mind and spirit. It is designed to cultivate energy, endurance, stress mastery and the development of personal resources for the active lifestyle of our times. With a broad spectrum of techniques, classes can be tailored to achieve many results. Tricia is a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga and comes from a therapeutic and medical background. Tricia's classes are challenging yet heart centred, active and yet meditative. Come and experience these classes which lead to the heart of healing!


last: Tue 23 Feb '16

Luke Brown will lead two professional classes during his residency at Dance Limerick. Fri 19th Feb: 10.00am-11.30am Tues 23rd Feb: 7.30pm-9.00pm Dance Limerick Studio Adm: €7.00 Luke describes his class as "A physical class that works with the centre of gravity and the gentle stacking of limbs in order to roll, slide, fall and float; focusing on human contact, allowing the pouring of weight between two separate bodies; synchronising people to move as one". Professional classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio during residencies by visiting dance artists and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students.


last: Tue 22 Mar '16

Tuesdays 7.30pm Dance Limerick Studio Adm free Professional dance artists are invited to take part in a dance improvisation lab at Dance Limerick. Initiated by contemporary dance artist Agnese Santoro, participants are encouraged to practice their improvisational skills, share ideas, develop new concepts and engage in dialogues of movement and sound. Further details from


last: Thu 30 Jun '16

Two classes available: Thursdays | 4.45pm-6pm | 6pm-7.15pm Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €12 per class / €60 for a dance card (6 classes) A very popular class at Dance Limerick, this class is suitable for complete beginners or for those who took classes as a child, so little or no experience is required. This ballet class works on developing posture, flexibility, musicality, balance and movement co-ordination while learning the basic rudiments of ballet. It consists of a gentle warm up, followed by a classical ballet barre (exercises specifically designed for warming up the body and improving technique, precision and posture). This is followed by exercises in the centre, away from the barre, which focus on balance, posture and co-ordinating music with movement. The class finishes with a warm-down and gentle stretch to improve flexibility and breath control. There are multiple benefits of training in classical ballet: It enhances the body-mind connection and awareness, develops strength and flexibility and makes the dancer more sensitive to rhythm and coordination with the music. Come and join this lovely class! Teacher: Patricia Crosbie Patricia Crosbie was a member of Irish National Ballet for 6 years, dancing leading roles in many of the classics, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Cinderella. Patricia was a principal with London Ballet Theatre and Vienna Festival Ballet and toured worldwide with the renowned rock band, The Kinks, choreographing and performing in their concerts. Patricia is now Ballet Mistress with Cork City Ballet for whom she has choreographed many ballets. She has conducted workshops and master classes for INYB, Crux Dance Company, Siamsa Tire and Dance Ireland and has been teaching Adult Beginners Ballet classes at Firkin Crane Dance Centre for almost 3 years. Patricia taught ballet and jazz ballet on the Diploma in Dance course at Cork’s College of Further Education (CSN) for 12 years and is now ballet tutor on the MA and BA dance courses at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick (UL). Patricia was awarded her MA in Dance from UL in 2011 and has been appointed Associate Artist for 2015/16 by Dance Ireland. Thursdays | 4.45pm-6pm | 6pm-7.15pm Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €12 per class / €60 for a dance card (6 classes)

Contemporary Dance for Adults

last: Tue 21 Jun '16

“I had forgotten how much fun it was to just dance until I joined in the Tuesday night classes” (Class Participant) This class aims to introduce contemporary dance with an emphasis on building strength, alignment and flexibility. Participants will learn a mixture of methods and dance techniques in order to experience a wider range of exercises that improve posture and encourage expression. Tuesdays from 19 January 2016 | 6pm-7.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €12 per class Teacher: Angie Smalis Angie Smalis studied contemporary dance and choreography at the State School of Dance in her native Greece before joining the Viennese Folk Opera (Volks Oper Wien) in 2001. She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to work as a dance artist with Daghdha Dance Company. In addition to working as an independent contemporary dance artist, Angie is also Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre, director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of dance artists with intellectual disabilities currently in residency at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, and leader of Limerick Youth Dance, based at Dance Limerick. Angie has received funding for her own work from the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, the Mid-West Regional Authority and Limerick City and County Council.


last: Fri 29 Jan '16

Professional classes with Katherine O'Malley and Megan Kennedy take place every morning during the Step Up Dance Project: Repertory Programme. These classes are open to professional dancers. Adm free. Katherine O'Malley: Mon 18 - Fri 22 Jan, 10am-11.30am Megan Kennedy: Mon 25 - Fri 29 Jan, 10am-11.30am


last: Fri 15 Jan '16

Rob Heaslip & Laura Murphy will lead a professional dance class during their residency at Dance Limerick. Fri 15 January 10.00am-11.30am €7.00 Professional classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio during residencies by visiting dance artists and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students.


last: Fri 13 Nov '15

Helka Kaski and Stephanie McMann will lead a professional dance class during their residency at Dance Limerick. Drawing from Stephanie and Helka's personal movement research, this class will use guided improvisation and set material to prepare participants' bodies for more intricate movement sequences. Helka and Stephanie will then open the space to explore the layering of these materials into working solo and with others in the room. Fri 13 November 10am-11.30am Dance Limerick Studio Class Fee: €7.00

Professional Dance Class with Katherine O'Malley

last: Fri 06 Nov '15

Katherine O'Malley, associate artist with Liz Roche Company, will lead a professional dance class while at Dance Limerick for her residency to develop her new solo work "Three Parts Grace". Katherine's class draws on a number of dance techniques and movement practices. It is mostly influenced by a release style and its structure mixes both set and improvised sequences. Katherine focuses on re-establishing and affirming natural body alignment and movement, developing a more global physical awareness and organisation. The class draws on the body's natural weight and momentum while encompassing the lightness and interpretative possibilities of movement language. Fri 06 Nov 10am-11.30am Dance Limerick Studio Class fee €7.00


last: Fri 30 Oct '15

Liz Roche will lead a professional dance class while at Dance Limerick for a residency with Katherine O'Malley, associate artist with Liz Roche Company. Liz Roche’s class is based on release techniques, focusing on structural alignment and the mechanics of movement in the body. "Beginning with Zen Imagery Exercises, we tune in to the flowing energy of the body, moving through any strains or discomforts until there is a sense of ease in movement. From there we assimilate a range of movement phrases building to a final movement sequence". Friday 30 Oct 10.00am-11.30am Dance Limerick Studio Class fee €7.00 Photo: Barry McCall

Professional Dance Class with Kristyn Fontanella & Sibeal Davitt, Wed 16 Sept.

last: Wed 16 Sep '15

Professional Class, Wed 16 Sept: During their residency at Dance Limerick, Kristyn Fontanella and Sibeal Davitt will lead a professional dance class at Dance Limerick Studio on Wed 16 Sept, 10am-11.30am. The class will be suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students. Class fee €7 on the door. We are delighted to welcome Kristyn Fontanella and Sibéal Davitt to Dance Limerick to research a new work which challenges prevailing attitudes within traditional Irish dance. “as we know it” (working title) takes the form of a frank conversation between a sean nós dancer and a traditional step dancer, interrogating each other’s perceptions while moving towards a new movement dialogue.



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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