STEP UP DANCE Programme 2018 - Participants Announced!

Thursday, 24 May, 2018 - 13:22
(From top left) Evgenia Sizmina, Rocio Dominguez, Kathy Young, Katrina Galvin, Mintesinot Getachew and Rebecca Lee

Step Up Dance Programme, now in its seventh year, once again plays host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Following a national open call, shortlisted applicants were invited to audition and six dancers were selected to take part in the prestigious programme. The dancers selected are a mix of Irish natives who have travelled abroad to complete their training and seek work and dancers who have trained in Ireland and are now resident here. The selected dancers are Rocio Dominguez, Katrina Galvin, Mintesinot Getachew, Rebecca Lee, Evgenia Sizmina and Kathy Young.

The participating dancers will rehearse at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick and at Dance Limerick. This year, the dancers will work under the direction of Catherine Young. Catherine is Artistic Director of her own company Catherine Young Dance. Her most recent work which have been highly acclaimed include State of Exception, Welcoming the Stranger, and Ultima Thule.

In addition to creating new work, the dancers will reconstruct repertory work by John Scott and, with Daniel Squire, by Merce Cunningham. The three works by Young, Scott and Cunningham will form a triple bill programme to be performed at Dance Limerick, Cork, Galway and DanceHouse, Dublin.

Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the University of Limerick, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is an annual intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years.

The specific elements of the programme include

• Working with high profile choreographers to create new work
• Working with Professional Dance Artists to enable the dancers in the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography
• Development Workshops and Information Sessions
• Independent Development / Study

The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.

Summer Holiday

Summer Holiday - Image by Shane Vaughan


15:00pm to 16:00pm


Sun 20 May '18


Dance Limerick, St. Johns Church, Johns Square


Free admission, booking required due to limited seating at / 061 400 994

**Please note the performance is now sold out**

Come join us for Summer Holiday performed by The High Kicks, an ensemble of dancers from Limerick led by choreographer Kristyn Fontanella.

The tongue-in-cheek Summer Holiday features a soundtrack of the some of the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s including The Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel alongside classic and modern dance moves.

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Percolate Residencies 2019

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 - 16:08
Percolate Residencies at Dance Limerick
Percolate Residencies at Dance Limerick

Dance Limerick: Short-Term Residencies 2019

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2019 at the studio, or the performance space, depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists in all genres for a period of two weeks.


The Residency aims to provide:

- professional dance artists with space and support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work
- the local professional dance community with opportunities for professional development

The selection is competitive and artists will be selected on the basis of who we think can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the local dance community.

Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to:

a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick at the end of their residency
b) engage local artists (through talks/ workshops/ performances or in the initiating new collaborative work with communities of place or interest)

As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through debate/discussion with invited peers.

About our Residencies

Residencies may be for the following purpose(s)
1. Exploration, research, development and experimentation or
2. Taking an already developed idea to the next stage or
3. Rehearsal / production weeks toward premiering new work at Dance Limerick

What Dance Limerick can provide

• 2 weeks studio time
• Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators in studio apartments or artist-friendly houses.
• A contribution of €150 per artist toward living costs – payable to the lead Applicant
• Residency listing in our printed and on-line newsletter
• Peer feedback / mentoring if required.

In return, Dance Limerick requests the following:

• That resident artists deliver a company class, at least once each week during residency period
• Interaction with the local dance community through sharing of work or a talk about your work
• That you contribute a news item for our website
• That the Dance Limerick logo be included on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency
• Your feedback and suggestions for future residency opportunities

Criteria for selection

Applicants should demonstrate:

• A close fit with the aims of the Residency
• A proven track record in making and presenting dance work
• A focus on new work that will be interesting / relevant within a local context and to local artists
• The ways in which the residency will contribute to the artist’s development and to his/her work
• A financial capacity to undertake the residency on the basis of what Dance Limerick can offer.
• Feasibility, particularly within the context of the Artist’s and Dance Limerick's budgets

NB Dance Limerick can put the Residency artist in contact with local dance artists if the residency research/work depends on the input of other artists. In such instances, the Residency Artist should be in a position to provide a small fee or stipend for the local artist.

Proposals will be assessed on the basis of the above criteria by a selection panel.

Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to

Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 8 June 2018




18:00pm to 19:15pm


Tue 15 May '18 | Tue 29 May '18 | Tue 05 Jun '18 | Tue 12 Jun '18 | Tue 19 Jun '18 | Tue 26 Jun '18


Dance Limerick, 1-2 Johns Square



The aim of these classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease.

Dates: Tuesdays, 15 & 29 May, 5, 12, 19 and 26 June. (no class 22 May)

Celina's class holds a dynamic structure: Classes include an introduction to floor-work, partner-work, and improvisation. With space to develop mind/body coordination as well as inner listening, students will be comfortable as first-time dancers or those coming back to movement after a long break. Each session builds on a movement sequence which is mastered by the end of the 6 week period. Celina facilitates a relaxing yet exciting environment where the body's natural intuition and playfulness will be explored and appreciated.

Ballet for Adults - Improvers


18:00pm to 19:15pm


Thu 17 May '18 | Thu 24 May '18 | Thu 31 May '18 | Thu 07 Jun '18 | Thu 14 Jun '18 | Thu 21 Jun '18


Dance Limerick, 1-2 John's Square



This class develops good posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and rhythm inherent both to Ballet as well as to a healthy body and mind. Ballet is not only a beautiful dance discipline, it also promotes the development of mental concentration and memory recall, together with body toning, strengthening and elongation of the muscular structure. Participants will learn basic ballet positions and patterns in a traditional structured class, consisting of a warm up, barre and centre exercises, and finally a relaxing warm down routine, incorporating improvised movements to music.

About Rebeca Mateos Morante
Rebeca Mateos Morante has toured extensively both with the critically acclaimed Compañía Elvira Andrés led by the ex-director of the National Ballet of Spain, and as Flamenco soloist with the international dance phenomenon Riverdance. She has worked with many prestigious choreographers, having performed one of the last productions of the famous Bodas de Sangre under the direction of its celebrated choreographer, the late Antonio Gades.

Rebeca forms part of the last generation of professional dancers to have trained at the renowned Centro Coreográfico Mariemma in Madrid incorporating extensive professional conservatory training in Classical Ballet, Bolero School, Spanish Stylised Dance, Spanish Folk Dances and Flamenco. In ballet alone she has trained under renowned masters such as Julia Estévez, Carmina Ocaña, Nadine Boisaubert and Patricia Crosbie, among others.

Rebeca is currently studying for her PhD at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance where she guest lectures in both theoretical and performance based modules. A philosophy graduate with a first class honours Masters in Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies, her own academic research output includes conference presentations, publications and choreographies that explore themes associated with her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis “The Dancer in the Mirror: Body Identity and Body Motion in Danza Española”.

Open Submission for Films - Light Moves 2018

Monday, 9 April, 2018 - 14:00
Open Submission for Films - Light Moves 2018
'Pilgrimage' by Marlene Millar & Sandy Silva screened at Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2017.

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our fourth festival taking place 8 – 11 November 2018 in Limerick, Ireland.

Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2018 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limeick, Ireland at venues across the city including Dance Limerick and Belltable. Submissions can be made via

Deadline (Extended): Monday 23 April 2018

Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered.

To submit you film go to / for info email

Hocus Pocus by Philippe Saire

Hocus Pocus - Philippe Saire
Hocus Pocus - Philippe Saire


16:30pm to 17:30pm


Tue 15 May '18


Dance Limerick


€8 – €25


Merry.Go.Round by Maria Nilsson Waller

MERRY.GO.ROUND by Maria Nilsson Waller
MERRY.GO.ROUND by Maria Nilsson Waller


20:00pm to 21:00pm


Tue 01 May '18


Dance Limerick, 1-2 John's Square


€12 /€10 online or €14 on the door

Chris O'Rourke - The Arts Review

Seona Mac Reamoinn - Irish Times

Merry.Go.Round is a dance performance that examines our most human of concerns: the search for true love and what it is we call home.

Maria Nilsson Waller and Dance Limerick present this ethereal dance performance to Limerick audiences on Tuesday 1 May in John’s Square. Tickets €12/€10 online or €14 on the door.

'Looking beyond our world into the great vast blackness of the cosmos we find five characters orbiting each other. Some are destined to converge, others to split apart. They all long for authentic connections in this otherworldly realm of celestial bodies. Caught between construction and deconstruction it is a marvel universe both beautifully simple and incredible messy.'

With a touch of cinematic sci-fi, merry.go.round is a dance performance featuring an eclectic soundtrack including Swedish rebel jazz band Je Suis!, NASA recordings of the solar system and iconic opera classics. Performed by 5 dancers within a structure of scored improvisation, merry.go.round is never the same twice. Strange yet familiar, sometimes dejà vu, sometimes jamais vu!

The piece is the latest and final part in Maria Nilsson Waller’s triptych based on unclaimed territories, Terra Nullius. After an imagined reconstruction of Bir Tawil and Antarctica in Last Land (2012), followed by the deep-sea world of Founder (2014), Merry.Go.Round looks outwards, into the vast black space surrounding us, the dance of the celestial bodies and what it is we call home.

Other dates on the tour:

3 May
glór - Ennis

8 May
Town Hall Theatre - Galway

9 May
Ballina Arts Centre - Co. Mayo

Please contact venues individually for tickets and info.



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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