LaunchPad 2021 Recipients

Following an open call earlier this year, the 2021 LaunchPad Awards have been awarded to seven Dance Ireland Members.

The LaunchPad Award is part of Dance Ireland's strategy to support the development of our Professional Members. This also acts as a support to the progression of their careers through their innovative approaches. The aim of this award is to seed an idea or aspiration, or to invest in something that will support the growth of your vision. 

2021 Recipients

Aaron Shaw 
Aaron has an extensive background in dance, established in performance and extending to creation, direction, and education. Since 2012, Aaron has been engaged with companies throughout Germany and Belgium. He currently works at Opera Ballet Flanders and collaborates with artists in multidisciplinary contexts. .
Read about Aaron here


Favour Odusola 
Favour is a Nigerian-Irish multidisciplinary artist based in Dublin Ireland, and a professional member of Dance Ireland and Create Ireland. He has worked across several contexts from traditional dance & percussion to commercial work and contemporary theatre for over 15 years in Europe, Africa, and UAE. 
Read about Favour here 


Laurie Schneider
Laurie Schneider is a dancer, artist, choreographer, performer and movement medicine practitioner. Laurie created expanDance with Rachel Wynne (USA) in 2006. 
Read about Laurie here


Mia Di Chiaro
Mia DiChiaro (she/her) is a Dublin-based contemporary dancer, teacher, creative producer, and artivist whose ideas often circulate around joyful embodiment, climate justice, and participatory art. She is working to deliver projects teaching in community settings using dance to guide participants’ deeper into their imaginative and empathetic selves
Read about Mia here


Michelle Cahill 
Michelle Michelle Cahill is a producer and performer based in Dublin. Her work over the past 20 years spans theatre, dance, film, street-performance, puppetry, and community dance practice.  She divides her time between producing ambitious new projects with dance and theatre artists, solo performance, coaching and mentoring.
Read about Michelle here


Rachel Burke 
Rachel is a multi-disciplinary artist from Dublin. With a background in dance, her practice is firmly rooted in, and influenced by, the body. She is particularly interested in the interplay between text and movement. Currently, Rachel works in creative engagement and cultural management alongside cultivating her own practice.
Read about Rachel here


Vithória Escobar
Vithória is a Brazilian dance artist, a passionate creative and an active contributor to the dance community in Ireland. Vithória was part of 2021 Create’s Autumn School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice, is part of the Top8 Street Battle team, and has worked with local artists such as LOAH and Soulé. More recently, she choreographed and performed at the Global Village Concert, promoted by NEIC.
Read about Vithória here