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Dance Ireland is the representative body for all dance forms in Ireland.

Dance Ireland is a resource and service organisation supporting the development of all forms of dance in Ireland. A membership organisation, with over 200 members, we provide bespoke training and development initiatives for dancers, choreographers and companies at local, national and international levels. 

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES ARE:

  • To provide support and practical resources for all dance artists;
  • To support and nurture choreographic development;  
  • To work towards developing a sustainable dance sector in Ireland;
  • To lead, represent and advocate on behalf of the dance sector;
  • To enhance public awareness of and involvement in dance at all levels.

TRAINING PROGRAMME

We provide morning classes, master classes, choreographic workshops and professional development workshops led by a range of national and international guest teachers. Find out more.

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

We create opportunities for dance artists to advance their own skills and artistic goals with supports including time, space, money and practical resources. Key elements include Dance Ireland Residency, Dance Ireland Mentoring Support Awards, Associate Artist and International Associate Artist programmes. In addition we offer national and international initiatives with the focus on creating networking and sharing opportunities. Through New Movements, Friday New Works Series and Re-Presenting Ireland we provide performance opportunities for work at different stages of development. Find out more.

SUPPORTS AND SERVICES

Our suite of supports and services for members and the wider dance community includes member and sector gatherings, information and advice clinics in DanceHouse and nationally, subsidised equipment hire, and access to our fully resourced Artists’ Resource Room, which includes library, hot desk facilities, meeting space, free Wi-Fi and Winging It. We also partner with artists and companies to support their creative process with administration and project support. Find out more.  

PROMOTING DANCE

Promoting the work of members and the wider Irish dance sector at key national and international events is central to our work. Our website is a first-stop shop for information, news and opportunities, which includes our Members’ Directory, calendar of events and bulletin board. In addition we produce bi-monthly ebulletins, and maintain an active social media presence. In pursuit of a better understanding of dance in Ireland and internationally we commission a range of essays, reviews and exhibitions to stimulate public interest and contribute to the general dance dialogue. We encourage debate and a healthy exchange of ideas through Dance Talks.

LOCAL INITIATIVES

We are committed to actively engaging with the local and city-wide communities in DanceHouse. Through Local Initiatives we provide free and highly subsidised space, facilities and hospitality to a range of local, educational and outreach initiatives, including Company B, Macushla Dance Club and Dublin Youth Dance Company. In addition we regularly programme Open Days, Free Taster Class events and Open House presentations. Find out more

DANCEHOUSE

Dance Ireland manages DanceHouse, Ireland's first and only custom-built dance rehearsal studio venue, on licence from Dublin City Council. A state-of-the-art facility with 6 studios, Artists’ Resource Room, kitchen/green room facilities and exhibition spaces – DanceHouse is the home for dance in Ireland. Find out more