Updated Covid-19 Guidance

In light of recent Government updates and increased restrictions, I wanted to share with you the actions Dance Ireland are taking to support the dance sector to keep moving and making. It is important that we as a sector remain active and resilient, whilst ensuring safe practice in the face of rising COVID infection rates, and a long winter ahead.

The Dance Ireland publication Professional Dance Safety: Guidance for developing COVID-19 policy & protocols for professional dance workers has been updated (11th November 2021) to include current Government guidance and recommendations for mitigating risk. This document has been reviewed and approved for publication by The Arts Council and the Department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, and should be read in conjunction with the Government’s Public Health updates and the Work Safely Protocol. We encourage all who work professionally in dance to read and adhere to this guidance when planning and delivering training or productions, and to acknowledge this on their website and in rehearsal/production contexts.

At DanceHouse, we are maintaining our current protocols and will continue to operate at a reduced capacity for studio bookings. Our professional and evening classes will also continue, implementing appropriate risk mitigation and, where appropriate, using the pod system.  We will monitor the situation and respond as necessary, so please keep an eye on our website and social media.

In line with Government recommendations, staff who are not essential to the operation of DanceHouse will work from home from Friday 19th November until further notice. The safety of our staff and all users of DanceHouse is paramount in all decisions we make, and we appreciate your understanding in this respect.

Finally, as a reminder, DanceHouse will be closed for the holidays from Saturday 18th December, and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

It has been thrilling to see and experience live dance again these past few months.  I am reminded daily of the strength and resilience of this sector and all the individuals and organisations who have persevered and delivered outstanding projects and productions, and continued through such uncertainty to train and develop our future professionals. By working together to support each other and ensure safe practice we can be confident that dance in Ireland will continue to deliver unforgettable experiences for audiences at home and abroad.

Sheila Creevey

CEO

Dance Ireland