Open Call - Step Up: Dance Graduate Project 2011

The Arts Council, University of Limerick and Dance Ireland are happy to announce developments in the Step Up programme, a partnership initiative aimed at forming a bridge between dance education and professional dance practice in Ireland. 

The Step Up programme is the result of a broad consultative process aimed at improving opportunities for talented dancers from Ireland who necessarily move abroad to further their studies each year. The Step Up programme aspires to create a means by which these dancers can interact with and reconnect into the Irish professional contemporary dance community.

Step Up: Dance Project is a joint initiative between the Arts Council and the University of Limerick devised in partnership with Dance Ireland. In 2011, this new initiative will run as a pilot programme from 4 July to 14 August, giving six dancers, who have recently completed their professional training, an opportunity to work under the direction of guest choreographers, Charles Linehan (UK) and Luke Murphy (Ire/US), to create a programme of short works. These will be performed at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD) at UL and at DanceHouse, Dublin over the last weekend of the project. Guest dance teachers will also work with the participants over the six-week period.

Throughout the project, the dancers will be in residence at UL and utilising the new state of the art studios of the IWAMD. Accommodation will be provided and participants will receive an honorarium for their involvement.

We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2011 or have graduated from professional level dance training within the past two years. The applicants must be born or resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique. Selected dancers must be available for the entirety of the pilot project.  

Please send your CV, a DVD or web link of recent dancing footage, along with a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to be involved in the project. Email applications by the deadline: Friday 6 May 5pm, to the Administrator, Dance Ireland, with Step Up: Dance Project in the subject line. Posted DVDs must also reach us by the deadline. Letters of offer will be sent on the week of the 30 May 2011.

For any questions about the application process or for further details on the project, contact Inga Byrne at or 01 855 8800.

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