Resources for Artists (Archive)


last: Sat 06 Dec '14

As part of our new season of dance classes, we are starting a Dance Club for Tots (2-4yrs) on Saturdays from 11am-11:45am. In this introduction to creative movement, you and your little dancer will explore your imaginations to enhance creativity, co-ordination and rhythm. Classes include movement collaboration with music, props and imaginative play, as well as a chance for tots to practice dancing with their friends. Parents/guardians will also love participating with their tiny dancers! Teacher: Nina Pongratz is a dance teacher, choreographer and certified Zumba instructor. A graduate of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL, Nina also holds a degree in Dance, Media and Communications from Muhlenberg College (USA). She has performed works by international choreographers, in addition to featuring as a guest dancer with David Parker and The Bang Group in "Nut/Cracked." New season: Saturdays | 11am-11:45am | Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €40 (6-week term) Please note: Class will finish up for the season on Saturday 06 Dec and will re-commence on Saturday 17 Jan 2015. Thank you everyone for making Dance Limerick such a vibrant dance centre, have a lovely break and we look forward to welcoming you all back in the new year!

Contemporary Dance for Adults

last: Tue 02 Dec '14

Focusing on developing and honing participants’ technical skills in contemporary dance, these classes will be rooted in release technique and floor work, with an attention to subtle movement and detail. Students will develop a greater understanding of energy flow through movement while also developing strong phrasing, sensitivity, movement dynamics and musicality. Teacher: Jazmin Chiodi is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher. Her sensitive approach to dance embraces various techniques including yoga, Feldenkrais and the Alexander Technique. Having trained in her native Argentina, at the San Martin Contemporary Dance School in Buenos Aires, Jazmin later worked with well known choreographers in France before moving to Ireland. With Alexandre Iseli, she is the Co-Director of Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company, the Tipperary Dance Residency and Tipperary Dance Platform, and Jazmin also teaches on the BA in Voice and Dance at the University of Limerick (UL). New season: Tuesdays | 6pm-7.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €12 per class / €60 for a dance card (6 classes) **Please note: Class will finish up for the season on Tuesday 02 Dec and will re-commence on Tuesday 13 Jan 2015. Thank you everyone for making Dance Limerick such a vibrant dance centre, have a lovely break and we look forward to welcoming you all back in the new year!

Contemporary Dance for 55yrs+

last: Tue 02 Dec '14

These classes are open to anyone who enjoys dance and who may wish to explore dancing in a new, fun way and experience the joy of movement. Beginning slowly, the class focuses on centering the mind and body, learning warm up sequences and developing them into dance phrases, all to the accompaniment of many different styles of music. Teacher: Clare O’Dea is a contemporary dancer and choreographer, a movement facilitator and a yoga teacher. Clare originally trained in New York and moved to Limerick in 1990 to work with Daghdha Dance Company. She has worked with community organisations, within education and with actively retired groups. Clare also teaches yoga at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL and Limerick Yoga Centre. Classes: Tuesdays | 2.00pm-3.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio Fee: €6.00 per class / €30.00 for dance card (6 classes) **Please note: Class will finish up for the season on Tuesday 02 Dec and will re-commence on Tuesday 13 Jan 2015. Thank you everyone for making Dance Limerick such a vibrant dance centre, have a lovely break and we look forward to welcoming you all back in the new year!


last: Wed 03 Sep '14

We are delighted to welcome Mark to teach an Improvisation Class at the Dance Limerick Studio on Wednesday 3 September. Class time: 10.00am-11.30am Fee: €7.00 To participate, please email Mark can be seen performing as part of PALIMPSEST opening on 31 August at Dance Limerick Space.

Morning Professional Classes

last: Wed 08 Oct '14

Led by professional choreographers during their residencies at Dance Limerick, these classes are suitable for professional dancers, graduate students and others who have undergone intense technical training. All classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio from 10.00am-11.30am. Fee €7.00 To participate in any of these classes, please email Class Schedule: Mark Carberry Wednesday 27 August & 3 September Jinn Lau & Katja Graessli Wednesday 10 September Mairead Vaughan Wednesday 17 & 24 September Luke Murphy Wednesday 01 & 08 October Megan Kennedy, Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence Monday 13 & Wednesday 15 October

Ballet for Adults

last: Thu 04 Dec '14

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 previous dance experience is required. Focusing on the basics of ballet techniques and combining gentle and more active exercises, the class is designed to develop strength, co-ordination and musicality. Teacher: Mags O'Donoghue is a senior student of Limerick School of Classical Ballet and a co-founder of the dance group Just Breathing, with whom she develops projects and facilitates workshops and classes in ballet for both children and adults. New season: Thursdays | 6pm-7.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio Please note: Class will finish for the season on Thurs 04 Dec and will re-commence on Thurs 15 Jan 2015. Fee: €12 per class / €60 for a dance card (6 classes)


last: Wed 25 Jun '14

Limerick Youth Dance is a dance group open to young people aged 15-25. We are seeking people who have a passion for dance, a desire to learn new skills and an interest in choreography and performance to join the group. Limerick Youth Dance acts as a catalyst bringing young people and professional artists together in a stimulating and lively environment. Based at the Dance Limerick Studio in the centre of Limerick, and co-ordinated and led by Choreographer Angie Smalis, Limerick Youth Dance offers each person experience of working collaboratively to devise and make original dance. From time to time, the group will work with guest choreographers and teachers as well as professional artists in other mediums such as film and the visual arts. Work will be made for stage and screen, and is designed for a range of events and settings. To join Limerick Youth Dance and any of its projects, it is important you are able to make the commitment. Additional rehearsals will take place at weekends closer to the time of performances. As a member of Limerick Youth Dance you will • Work with a professional choreographer • Learn basic skills in contemporary dance and improvisation techniques • Develop fitness and exploration of the body • Develop awareness of space, levels, directions, size and timing • Enjoy movement and its potential • Collaborate with other young dance artists • Create and perform short dance pieces Members of Dance Limerick can also benefit from the following: • Contemporary Dance classes at Dance Limerick throughout the year for the reduced price of €6 per class • Outings to join in work with other companies or to see their work on stage • Discounted tickets to see dance at Dance Limerick and the Lime Tree Theatre • Work experience in performance, stage management, costume etc • Training and career advice is also available. All fees are payable on deciding to join and are non-refundable following the first audition/taster class. Audition/taster class is free of charge. Applying to Limerick Youth Dance To join you must submit an application form and 1. be between 15 and 25 years old 2. be available for workshops on Wednesdays 6.00 – 8.00 pm in Limerick City 3. be willing to devote time to projects, performances, outings, festivals 4. pass an audition The current term concludes on 25th June. Limerick Youth Dance returns after the summer on 3rd September.


last: Fri 13 Jun '14

Iseli-Chiodi Company invites dancers to participate in {CHO-LAB}, a one-week professional choreographic dance laboratory, from Monday 9 to Friday 13 June 2014 at Dance Limerick. The lab aims to be a week of collaborative exchange, allowing the company to explore ideas for group choreography and broaden their practice, while helping and supporting the dancers to enhance their skills. {CHO-LAB} is free of charge, but limited to 10 dancers. Closing date for applications is 2nd May 2014.

Dance Limerick mysteryskin dancer-in-residence roberta jean contemporary dance

MYSTERYSKIN in Residence at Dance Limerick

last: Sat 10 May '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome choreographer Roberta Jean/MYSTERYSKIN who is bringing dancers and musicians together to research a new work.

Lucy Suggate Workshop


last: Sat 10 May '14

‘Give us our daily Dance” Training and practice “I want to share and give more people permission to dance like themselves” (Lucy Suggate). “Five years ago I became interested in developing further my own daily practice. For 28 yrs years I’d been trying to dance like other people and in fact all I wanted to do was have an amazing physical, visceral experience and be really good at my job. My interest was how to maintain a dance practice that encourages growth and development and elevate choreographic and performance work. I realised that, becoming an independent choreographer, you inherit a lifestyle that can be difficult to root. So this practice was born out of necessity. I want to share and give more people permission to dance like themselves. The purpose of this work is to access the dancing body in the fullest sense; To understand better how we dance, negotiate bodily patterns and our thoughts; How to develop our own movement, gain clarity and evolve. I also feel it’s important that, as dancers, we spend time dancing and I mean that in the truest sense: to unleash the internal force and re-connect with the feelings and ideas that encouraged us to dance in the first place. Initially, I will disseminate my approach to provide a context. This will consist of guided exercises, departure points and lots of flamboyant dancing. We will cultivate a playground of possibilities, discover new forms that collide with and stretch our limitations”. Please Note: Places are limited, so booking is advisable.


last: Fri 09 May '14

Creating her work for stage and screen, Aggiss’ interdisciplinary practice is driven by content, embodies feminist dance practices and is framed by the politics that challenge and resist the ‘authority’ of formal conventions. This fast tasking, quick thinking, performance-making workshop will consider some of the following within the time frame; content and context, specificity and framing, recovering the body from the library, and writing and speaking for the moving body. The workshop will make reference to Aggiss’ research, process and choreographic practices, and will invite participants to spread their wings, move outside the box, cross the fourth wall, and grapple with the unknown. Expect to talk, critique, show off, move and be moved. Liz Aggiss studied at the Nikolais/Louis Dance Theatre Laboratory New York, and with Hanya Holm and Hilde Holger. She has an expertise in European Expressive Dance (Ausdruckstanz) and grotesque dance. She is Professor of Visual Performance at the University of Brighton and holds an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Gothenburg. Since 1980 she has been a Wild Wiggler, Grotesque Dancer, Diva, Guerrilla Dancer, Trout, Golem and Performance Lecturer.


last: Sat 07 Jun '14

An excellent introduction to future study of dance techniques, this class blends movement, music, improvisation, and basic dance steps. Children learn fundamentals while developing their imagination and sense of creativity. Jenny Brown, local dancer and choreographer leads this class.



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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