New Term of Dance Classes for Kids and Adults at Dance Limerick

Wednesday, 7 March, 2018 - 13:37
Dance Classes at Dance Limerick

*To book go to the WHAT'S ON section at the top of the page and select the date of the class on the Dance Limerick calendar.*

ADULT DANCE CLASSES

Contemporary Dance with Celina | From Tuesday 15 May | 6-7:15pm | €70 for 6 weeks

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 Beginners wit Rebeca | From Thursday 17 May | 7:30pm-8:45pm | €70 for 6 weeks

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.

Ballet for Improvers with Rebeca | From Thursday 17 May | 6pm-7:15pm | €70 for 6 weeks

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.

DANCE CLUBS FOR KIDS FROM SAT 19 MAY

Dance Club for Tots with Fiona - 2-4yrs | 10am-10:45am OR 11am-11:45am | €50 for 6 weeks

Designed to give our youngest dancers a head start, this Dance Club for Tots explores movement through music, stimulating imagination and promoting creativity, while participating with a parent/caregiver. This lively class explores moving as a group, telling stories through movement, rhythm exercises and improvisation. Time is spent learning to follow directions as well as free expression time which allows Tots to explore and develop co-ordination, all while having fun!

Dance Club for 5-8yrs with Celina | 12pm-12:45pm | €50 for 6 weeks

Modern and jazz styles combine in this introduction to movement and music from around the world. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence and strength.

Dance Club for 9-14yrs with Rachel | 1pm-2pm | €50 for 6 weeks

This class will focus on movement creation through play, improvisation and freestyle. Rachel shares techniques she has researched and learned to provide structured improvisations (contemporary) and a freestyle environment (urban styles). Every class is different, building skills consistently, but in different ways. Dancers develop skills around body-awareness and perception, along with awareness of space and people around them. Through group improvisations, working in small groups and pairs, the class focuses on moving, expressing through movement and, of course, having fun! This class is suitable for boys and girls of any ability.

The Autonomy Project at Limerick Fringe

Time

19:00pm to 20:00pm

Date

Mon 02 Apr '18 to Sat 07 Apr '18

Venue

Dance Limerick, Johns Square / The Sailors Home, O Curry Street

Price

€10-€17

Focusing on a global resurgence in art and youth activism, The Autonomy Project will combine commissioning the work of internationally recognised artists, Limerick based youth groups and academics to explore the theme of autonomy across a wide spectrum of voices or perspectives. At its centre, however, this project proposes to ask: “what do you want to change and how?”

2nd to the 7th of April in the Sailors home, six artists across six genres will create a weeklong performance installation in the heart of Limerick City. The concept of autonomy within structure will be embedded into the creation and production of the work as the individual pieces form a singular installation experience.

Dance Artist Lisa McLoughlin (Anima), Visual Artist Seamus Nolan (F**k IMMA), Performance Artist Fergus Byrne (Future Histories), Performing Artist Deirdre Murphy (Capitalism the Musical), Vocalist Siobhan Kavanagh (Doom Opera) & Sound Artist Adam Gibney (Euclid, I miss you)

Sailors Home Performances:

April 2nd performances 7pm & 8pm
NO SHOW 3rd of April
April 4th performances 7pm & 8pm
April 5th performances 7pm & 8pm
April 6th performances 5pm & 6pm
April 7th performances 5pm & 6pm

Following on from the installation, there are performances in Dance Limerick, created by Limericks youth groups that will be performed alongside the work of the professional artists. Original works by Music Generation Limerick City, GOSHH, Limerick Youth Theatre and Dance Limerick.

Dance Limerick Performance:

April 6th performance 8 pm
April 7th performances 3pm & 8pm

Tickets: €10 for each performance or €17 for both Sailors Home and Dance Limerick

STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2018 - OPEN CALL

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018 - 12:09
Daniel Squire
Daniel Squire

Step Up: Dance Project has announced its Open Call for recent dance graduates to apply for the 2018 programme.

Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy for Music
and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council. It aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The programme comprises of training, rehearsals, performance and personal development for six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The programme will enhance your professional networks by connecting you to the Irish contemporary dance community, thereby improving your professional opportunities in Ireland.

This programme includes:

1. Creation and Performance of a new dance piece with Choreographer Catherine Young

Catherine is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and a UK Bench Fellow. Her most recent works include 'Ultima Thule', 'Woman Stood Regardless' and 'Welcoming the Stranger' which opened the 2017 Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine. She is a guest lecturer/choreographer on the BA and MA programmes at the University of Limerick and has worked and studied with many international choreographers and companies including Nacera Belaza (Alg/Fr), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo BA Tereia Dance Company (Africa), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Shechter Company (UK).

Catherine has been commissioned to create a new work with this year’s Step Up participants which will be
performed in Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin. Further information about Catherine Young is available at
www.catherineyoungdance.com.

2. Learning and Performing Repertory with Choreographers John Scott and Daniel Squire

This element of Step Up enables dancers to work with two choreographers on the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography. Participants will gain an understanding of choreographic ideas and their historical context and will develop their technical and performance skills through different working practices, genres and techniques, resulting in a final public sharing.

The Repertory Programme will take place over two weeks (12 days) from Monday 30 July to Saturday 11 August. In addition to the training, the Repertory Programme enables participants to work with choreographers beyond what would be available in a day-long workshop or audition, thereby facilitating a more embedded connection between choreographers and participants. In 2018, the two repertory pieces will be performed and toured in a mixed bill along with the newly commissioned.

3. Development Workshop and Information Sessions

Increasingly, independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities and to manage their own projects. Running over 2 days in November, the workshop will include:

• Meeting key personnel within the dance field in Ireland
• Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications
• Writing about your work

At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career
path.

4. Independent Development / Study

This element of Step Up facilitates further opportunity for your professional development. It offers a menu of options from which you may choose one element (see sample menu below). Alternatively, you may initiate a development area of your own. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations.

• Working with an artist-in-residence to deliver a particular aspect of the artist’s local programme.
• Working with a company during its research period towards the creation of a new dance piece.
• Taking a series of classes or training opportunities at Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane or Dance Limerick.
• Working with the Light Moves Festival in a developmental capacity. This might be on audience development,
volunteer co-ordination etc.
• Working with a mentor to develop critical writing skills with a view to reviewing dance performances.
• Developing knowledge around working with socially engaged practice by participating in events or workshops
organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

Time frame / Key Dates

The full rehearsal / performance period for the creation of new work with Catherine Young and the Rep Artists, John Scott and Daniel Squire, will run from Monday 30 July – Saturday 8 September using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL initially, and then at Dance Limerick, before touring to Galway, Cork and Dublin 6-8 September.

Terms & Conditions

• Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00 pm daily Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Should additional hours in the evening be required, participants are expected to be available for these too.
• Accommodation will be provided for the first part of rehearsals on campus at UL, and subsequently in artist friendly houses in the city for the second period of rehearsals.
• Tour accommodation and tour travel as required, will be arranged and paid for by Step Up.
• A stipend of €150 weekly will be paid to each participant
• Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme.

Applications

We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2018 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years. Applicants must be born in, or resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique.

Please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you would like to be involved in Step Up and confirming your availability for the full programme.

Applicants should also send web links of recent live dance footage, to include:

• 10 minutes of contemporary technique class material, ideally of you performing during the class in which you learnt it. If not, then footage of you performing the material outside of the class setting is also acceptable.
• An excerpt of a solo (performed in a studio or live performance)
• An excerpt of a group piece, in a studio or live performance
• Please identify yourself clearly (in group footage) so we know who you are

Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm Monday 5 March to stepupdanceproject@gmail.com with
Step Up Application in the subject line.

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in Limerick in March. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2018 programme. Letters of offer will be sent immediately following the audition. Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at stepupdanceproject@gmail.com.

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What Next - Closing Party | Music for Chameleons with Pádraic E. Moore | Sat 10 Feb | 9pm

Still from Oskar Schlemmer's Triadisches Ballett, 1970
Still from Oskar Schlemmer's Triadisches Ballett, 1970

Time

21:00pm to 23:30pm

Date

Sat 10 Feb '18

Venue

Dance Limerick Performance Space

Price

€15 including free pint of Treaty City

Pádraic E. Moore will return to Limerick for the What Next closing party Music for Chameleons.

At the core of the project is an extensive collection of singles and LPs from late 20th century musical genres. The music (dating predominantly from the late 70s and early 80s) is unified by the use of electronic components such as drum machines, sequencers and synthesizers. Moore describes the performances as ‘an inclusive interactive happening concerned fundamentally with the politics of pleasure’. What Next invites Limerick audiences to join us, along with the festival artists, to dance together in our Performance Space in John’s Square after a weekend of discovery.

Bio:
Pádraic E. Moore (b. 1982, Ireland) is a writer, curator, and art historian based in Brussels.

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Bar sponsored by Mother Macs pub and Treaty City Brewery. Free pint of Treaty City with ticket.
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CONTACT US

info@dancelimerick.ie
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Download the Full Festival Programme below.

WHAT NEXT - PROGRAMME 3 | SATURDAY 10 FEB | 6PM

Alien Express, Sinter
Alien Express, Sinter

Time

18:00pm to 19:30pm

Date

Sat 10 Feb '18

Venue

Dance Limerick Performance Space

Price

Individual Tickets €12 / €10. Bundle for €28 entry to Prog 1,2 and 3

Click on the WHAT'S ON section at the top of the page for full programme details across Friday 9 and Saturday 10 Feb

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Programme 3 | Saturday 10 February | 6pm

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Sinter

Sintering is the process of forming materials into a porous, textured mass. The resulting structures consist of small cavities, probing the in-between and mining the underneath the surface of the everyday. Cascading and carving through time and space, the performing body, video footage and sound coalesce, forming micro-narratives and structures that blur the boundaries between fictional and non-fictional experiences. Sinter was developed as part of the Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence programme.

Created by Mary Wycherley in collaboration with choreographer Hélène Cathala
Performance / video: Mary Wycherley
Music: Jürgen Simpson

Mary Wycherley has been Limerick Dance Artist-In-Residence since 2015

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Alien Express
Jump on an astral train and take a journey of transformation. Turning David and Goliath into a Centaur, climbing a mountain or singing a love song, Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek invite dream-like images on stage. Alien Express is a disarming and gripping duet traveling from duality to unity, solidly anchored in a refreshing friendship.

Choreographers / Performers: Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek

‘dream-like…a disarming and gripping duet traveling from duality to unity, solidly anchored in a refreshing friendship’ – Aerowaves

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CONTACT US

info@dancelimerick.ie
Facebook: facebook.com/DanceLimerick
Twitter: @DanceLimerick
Instagram: @dancelimerick

Don’t forget to tag us on social media #whatnextlimerick

Download the Full Festival brochure below.

What Next - PROGRAMME 2 | SATURDAY 10 FEB | 3PM

Begin, Abacus, Ruby
Begin, Abacus, Ruby

Time

15:30pm to 17:30pm

Date

Sat 10 Feb '18

Venue

Dance Limerick Performance Space

Price

Individual Tickets €12 / €10. Bundle for €28 entry to Prog 1,2 and 3

Click on the WHAT'S ON section at the top of the page for full programme details across Friday 9 and Saturday 10 Feb

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Programme 2 | Saturday 10 February | 3pm

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Ruby

Ruby is the narration of dance artist Tanin Torabi’s journey in life. It is an exploration of things that are important to her including her voice of protest and her voice of love. Ruby looks at the artist’s effort to remain in peace with the world around her, because making an effort is important.

Choreographer / Performer: Tanin Torabi

Winner of the Light Moves Outstanding National / International Student Work Award 2017

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Begin

Begin is a piece that explores many elements of dance artist Rachel Sheil’s practice. It is a physical response using Hip-Hop and Contemporary Dance styles, allowing a free bodily expression to the music. The artist utilises and incorporates a passion for commercial and K-Pop music to help her understand her dancing body.

Choreographer/Performer: Rachel Sheil

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ABACUS

Abacus expresses the effects of routine and monotony on us. It asks whether there is harmony in routine, and if there is ever anything original in repetition. Identifying the freedom and beauty in the everyday, Abacus is a contemporary dance performance for 9 women and 18 buckets. The performers take the buckets through a 15-minute sequence of routines that echo the experience of work. The women have become so well versed at their tasks on the 'night shift' that they perform with an eerie precision that locates the beauty in work and gestures.

Choreographer: Laura Murphy
Performers: Helga Deasy, Magdalena Hylak, Justine Cooper, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Sarah Ryan, Lucia Kickham, Marion Cronin, Isabella Oberländer, Mónica Muñoz Marín

‘Abacus enthralled and fascinated audiences…monumental and striking, performed with powerful precision and intent’ - Kris Nelson, Curator, Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

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CONTACT US

info@dancelimerick.ie
Facebook: facebook.com/DanceLimerick
Twitter: @DanceLimerick
Instagram: @dancelimerick

Don’t forget to tag us on social media #whatnextlimerick

Download the Full Festival Programme below.

What Next: Dive In, Discover Dance

What Next Dance Festival
What Next Dance Festival

Time

19:30pm to 23:30pm

Date

Fri 09 Feb '18 to Sat 10 Feb '18

Venue

Dance Limerick Performance Space

Price

€10 - €28

Click on the WHAT'S ON section at the top of the page for full programme details across Friday 9 and Saturday 10 Feb

What Next is a new Limerick based dance festival which encourages dance discovery through performances from new and exciting dance artists. The festival encourages you to sample something different in the form of an innovative, engaging and thrilling line up of events.

World renowned Irish dance artist and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir will be on hand as the festival's Creative Exchange Curator and Facilitator working with the artists in the days leading to performances.

Audiences will experience a programme of fresh and evocative interactions and performances with a new generation of artists on the cusp of establishing their choreographic voices.

CONTACT US

info@dancelimerick.ie
Facebook: facebook.com/DanceLimerick
Twitter: @DanceLimerick
Instagram: @dancelimerick

Don’t forget to tag us on social media #whatnextlimerick

Download the Full Festival Programme below.

Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018: Mary Wycherley

Monday, 11 December, 2017 - 16:46
Mary Wycherley
Mary Wycherley. Photo by Lucy Dawson

Mary Wycherley was announced as Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018 in June of this year. Mary is a dance artist whose work embraces live performance, choreography and film. In 2015 Mary was first appointed Limerick Dance Artist in Residence by the Arts Council of Ireland and has been the successful recipient of the position since then.

The Dance Artist Residency scheme is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and is funded by the Arts Council. The residency is based at Dance Limerick’s impressive facilities for dance at John’s Square.

As an artist, director, curator and educator, she has long been an advocate for innovative modes of presentation for dance and movement. Her work embraces live performance, choreography and film and has been presented at festivals and galleries throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. Her screendance feature film “In the Bell’s Shadow” premiered in 2015 and is being shown internationally including the Galway Film Fleadh, The Lighthouse Cinema and the American Dance Festival. Mary has forged ongoing collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Joan Davis, Mary Nunan, Jürgen Simpson and Yoshiko Chuma. She is a director and curator of Light Moves, Ireland’s first festival of screendance, and a guest lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.

As part of her residency Wycherley is also co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance, a festival of dance, film and media arts held in Limerick every November.

For updates on the residency keep an eye on our website and social media (see bottom of this page).

DANCE CLUB FOR 9-14YRS

Dance Club for 9-14yrs
Dance Club for 9-14yrs

time

13:00pm to 14:00pm

date

Sat 13 Jan '18 | Sat 20 Jan '18 | Sat 27 Jan '18 | Sat 03 Feb '18 | Sat 17 Feb '18 | Sat 24 Feb '18 | Sat 03 Mar '18 | Sat 10 Mar '18

Venue

Dance Limerick Studio

Price

€60 for 8 weeks

This class will focus on movement creation through play, improvisation and freestyle. Rachel shares techniques she has researched and learned to provide structured improvisations (contemporary) and a freestyle environment (urban styles). Every class is different, building skills consistently, but in different ways. Dancers develop skills around body-awareness and perception, along with awareness of space and people around them. Through group improvisations, working in small groups and pairs, the class focuses on moving, expressing through movement and, of course, having fun! This class is suitable for boys and girls of any ability.

Saturdays from 13 Jan 2018
1pm-2pm
Dance Limerick Studio
Fee: €60.00 for 8 week term

Teacher: Rachel Sheil
Rachel Sheil Rachel has been teaching for over seven years and has recently completed her MA in Dance Performance at UL. She has taught Hip-Hop in Ireland, the UK and San Francisco and has also been successful in several Irish Intervarsity competitions. She hopes to continue her passion here in Limerick and share all the knowledge she has accumulated.

DANCE CLUB FOR 5-8YRS

Dance Club fir 5-8yrs
Dance Club fir 5-8yrs

time

12:00pm to 12:45pm

date

Sat 13 Jan '18 | Sat 20 Jan '18 | Sat 27 Jan '18 | Sat 03 Feb '18 | Sat 17 Feb '18 | Sat 24 Feb '18 | Sat 03 Mar '18 | Sat 10 Mar '18

Venue

Dance Limerick Studio

Price

€60 for 8 weeks

Modern and jazz styles combine in this introduction to movement and music from around the world. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence and strength.

Teacher: Rachel Sheil Rachel has been teaching for over seven years and has recently completed her MA in Dance Performance at UL. She has taught Hip-Hop in Ireland, the UK and San Francisco and has also been successful in several Irish Intervarsity competitions. She hopes to continue her passion here in Limerick and share all the knowledge she has accumulated.

Saturdays 13 Jan
12pm-12:45pm
Dance Limerick Studio
Fee: €60.00 for 8 week term

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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
jenny@dancelimerick.ie