Launchpad Awards Announcement

Dance Ireland is pleased to offer a number Launchpad awards of €750. The aim of this award is to seed an idea or aspiration, or to invest in something that will support the growth of an artist's vision.

Following an open call, we are pleased to announce the successful dancer artists whom we are supporting with these awards: Cindy Cummings, Honey & Lemon, Michael McEvoy, Rachel Sheil, Jessie Thompson and Roberta Ceginskaite.

Cindy Cummings

Cindy Cummings is a dance artist (choreographer/performer/tutor) whose practice integrates dance, theatre and live art. Since 1986 she has created collaborative works with dance, theatre, visual, sound, literary and media artists around the world for live performance, installation and film.

With this award Cindy is beginning research into the process of creating a new solo work for colleague and artist, Rhona Coughlan.

Read more about CIndy HERE.

Honey & Lemon

Honey & Lemon are multidisciplinary entertainers who experiment with dance, voice & film to blur the boundaries of contemporary dance. Founded as an artistic partnership in 2020 by artists Millie Daniel-Dempsey & Amy Robyn Lyster, Honey & Lemon is built on a decade of friendship & began as a desire to centre themselves & other women artists on the contemporary dance stage.

With the Launchpad Award, Lemon & Honey plan to develop their branding for the dance company and build a social media presence, as they work towards creating their first full length piece in 2023.

Image Credit: TallerStories 

Check out their Instagram account HERE

Michael McEvoy

Michael is a dance researcher and theatre maker. Specialising in contemporary dance performance and choreology, Michael has had the great pleasure to work in TV, Film, Cruises, Musical Theatre, Opera and most commonly dance theatre.

Michael is the current choreographic 'Reveal' Artist with Prime-cut Productions. A two year residency program Belfast 2023-25.

Michael plans to use this award to develop a relationshop with a composer/musician, with a view to working on furture projects tpgether.

Read more about Michael HERE.

Rachel Sheil

Rachel is a teacher, choreographer and performer based in Limerick City. After receiving her BA and MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick, Rachel became Associate Artist for Dance Limerick, has taught Hip-Hop all over Ireland, contributed to Community Dance locally and has been Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Dance Company since 2019. Her choreographic work derives movement from fantasy media, anime and comic books.

With the Launchpad award, Rachel will seed a new relationship with collaborator Conor O’Brien, and make a short dance film using technology to affect the aesthetics of the dance piece.

Read more about Rachel HERE.

Jessie Thompson

Jessie Thompson is a Dublin based Dance Artist specialising in experimental contemporary and hip hop dance. Jessie works as a professional dancer, choreographer and movement director across live performance and film as well as teaching and mentoring multidisciplinary artists, She is an emerging maker of dance in Theatre and over the past two years has been awarded several times from both Arts Council Ireland and Dance Ireland for further artistic development.

With the Launchpad award Jessie will spend focused time thinking about the idea of curating an improvisation and live music workshop with collaborator Jason McNamara.

Read more about Jessie HERE.

Roberta Ceginskaite

Roberta has studied  Dance Education at Inchicore College of Further Education. This led to her BA in Contemporary Dance from Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg, The Netherlands. During the 4 year study, she worked with many international choreographers and took part in various workshops in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. 

With the Launchpad Award, Roberta plans to purchase a digital camera to record her own research and creations.

Read more about Roberta HERE.