The whole dance community is so important to us. Dance Ireland supports those working in dance outside the field of performance or choreography, ensuring our sector stays connected and informed across all aspects of dance.

Why Become a Member?

  • To connect with the Dance Ireland staff and members with their range of expertise
  • To join a community of dance practitioners and academics in Ireland
  • To benefit from advocacy and representation of the dance sector
  • To have access to a range of programme and development opportunities 

Associate: Membership Engagement Opportunities

  • Expert Advice on developing projects including dance
  • Discount rates for Professional Classes
  • Discount rates for professional specialist events, workshops & networking opportunities
  • Access to Outside the Studio programme of skills-building workshops
  • Access to resource library of dance journals, books and videos
  • Use of meeting space in the Artists’ Resource Room (subject to availability)
  • Latest DI news and exclusive members' opportunities- by email
  • Receive invitations to members' gatherings and networking events
  • Opportunity to affect change through working groups
  • Member Profile on Dance Ireland website
  • Invitation to join closed Facebook Group (for over 18 only)
  • Dedicated Membership Engagement Officer- artist support sessions available on request

View our Associate Members here

Who is Associate Membership for?

  • Those who teach dance in primary schools
  • Those who teach dance in secondary schools
  • Those who teach dance at third level
  • Those who teach dance all ages in their own private school
  • Other: those who teach dance in adult education and health venues
  • Dance Administrators
  • Dance Producers
  • Dance Writers
  • Dance Historians
  • Dance Researchers
  • Arts Professionals working in or with the field of dance
  • Multidisciplinary artists with substantial evidence of incorporating dance into their work

Those who meet either one or two professional membership criteria will are also eligible for Associate Membership:

  • Hold a third level qualification (diploma/degree) in dance or choreography
  • Have performed/choreographed with a professional dance company
  • Have evidence of substantial career (10 years within the last 20 years) or body of work in performance or choreography
  • Have performed in public performances within the last three years
  • Have choreographed an original work performed in a recognised venue
  • Have received grant(s) from Arts Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, local authority, other arts funding body for professional dance or choreographic practice (not for undergraduate training)
  • Have dance work commissioned by Government, public body or arts professional body
  • Have produced or directed work for an established dance company or festival within the last 3 years
  • Have substantial career of teaching dance at a vocational level, in a professional establishment
  • Have up-to-date evidence of maintaining your practice through CPD (Continuing Professional Development)  
  • Hold current membership of a recognised dance teaching certification body (RAD, ISTD, CLRG, TCRG etc)

If you meet three or more of these criteria, consider Professional Membership.

If you feel Associate Membership would suit you, but you don't see yourself reflected in these criteria, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Membership Engagement Officer Andrea Bolger:

Membership fee is €50
Become a member here