National and International Initiatives

Dance Ireland works on a range of initiatives to provide access to professional development for Irish dance artists at an international level.

European Dancehouse Network

As members of the EDN, Dance Ireland partners with other members on reciprocal residency exchanges; provide professional development, networking and performing opportunites for our Professional Members. 
These opportunities are ongoing. 

Co-Motion: All-Island Dance Conference
25 & 26 October 2019, Belast 

Dance Ireland and Dance Resource Base in association with Belfast International Arts Festival and Queen’s University Belfast presented Co-Motion, Ireland’s first all-island dance conference, curated Dr Aoife McGrath, School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast.

Co-Motion brought together dance practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and supporters to create a platform for putting thought into motion about how we move together.
Considering the artist as citizen, the conference brought critical attention to complexities of interrelations in this time of precarity and flux.
See the full timetable schedule here 
Full Co-Motion Programme here

Dance & Ireland European Dancehouse Network: New Approaches to Dance Training

29 & 30 June, 2018, DanceHouse, Dublin

This Atelier will explored new approaches to training within the complex ecosystem of youth dance initiatives, vocational training and post graduate performance companies. Curated by Dr Jenny Roche and coinciding with the Irish Youth Dance Festival, multi-faceted issues surrounding vocational training were discussed

Over the two days, there will be two keynotes,  John Jasperse (Director of Dance, Sarah Lawrence College, New York) and Janet Smith (Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds ) in addition to international speakers including Caroline Ribbers (Fontys, Tilburg) and Jennifer Coogan (Palucca Hochschule, Dresden).


This event was in partnership between Dance Ireland and the European Dancehouse Network through the project EDN21: strengthen-impact-imagine which is co-funded by Creative Europe.

Internationale Tanzmesse NRW 

Dance Ireland led a delegation to the 2018 Internationale Tanzmesse NRW in Düsseldorf, Germany with the support of Culture Ireland.

The Internationale Tanzmesse NRW is the largest professional gathering dedicated exclusively to all forms of contemporary dance. Taking place every two years, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland has participated since 2008. Attracting over 1900 participants from more than 50 countries, the Tanzmesse has evolved into a four-day networking, showcasing and industry trade fair with a performance programme comprising evening performances, Open Studios, debates and information sessions.
Read more here

Dance Ireland was one of the six organisations in Europe working on this new project. 360° - Building Strategies for Communication in Contemporary Dance (BSCD), aims to bridge a gap identified transnationally in the ability of dance artists and makers at all stages of their careers to communicate their work effectively beyond the medium of movement to a wide range of stakeholders.  In order to address this, the partner organisations will share best practices on the topic of communication with international experts through a series of transnational meetings.  The knowledge generated will be captured and shared through an online publication which will be available for free to all.

This initiative involves six partners from across Europe: Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, Bassano Del Grappa;  Dance Ireland, Dublin; La Briqueterie - CDC du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine; K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie, Hamburg; Dansateliers, Rotterdam; Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples, Zagreb and will run from 01 September 2016 – 31 December 2017.

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See more about our past EU projects here and check out our Blog for the latest on our international programme.