Dancers’ Toolkit Workshop

Thu 15 Nov 2018
12:00 - 16:00
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Dance Ireland and Step Up Dance Project present a workshop for emerging dancers on the topic of representing yourself professionally online and to dance companies, programmers and funders.

The subject matter will include:

  • Developing an appropriate digital fingerprint (Email, Social Media, Online Presence)
  • Making video samples, the dos and don’ts
  • Introducing yourself and your dance practice
  • Writing about your work for a bursary or funding application
  • Drawing up a simple budget in excel            

The day will be led by Aideen Gohery (former dancer) and Niamh O’Donnell, Director, Mermaid Arts Centre, with support from Jeanette Keane (Dance Ireland) and Jenny Traynor (Dance Limerick).

Aideen Gohery began her professional career with Dublin City Ballet and subsequently appeared in numerous stage productions, film and TV roles and advertising.  Aideen is a founder member of CoisCéim Dance Theatre and has also served on the boards of the Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland and Irish Equity.  

More recently, Aideen has focused on developing a thriving social media consultancy enterprise and engages with a diverse range of clients across the hospitality, restaurant, retail and entertainment sectors.  Aideen brings a unique perspective to the world of social media and professional dance as her many years of experience in both realms combine to deliver unrivalled and unique insights.


Niamh O’Donnell is Artistic Director of Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, Co Wicklow. The centre presents a multiple art form programme of Irish and international visual arts, dance, theatre, music and art-house cinema. The centre commissions and co-produces work as well as supporting and platforming local artists and arts groups engaging and serving a population of 115,000 people.

Niamh has worked across disciplines initially in the Gallery of Photography (1990), then on the re-establishment of Black Church Print Studio, an artist resource organisation (1994), followed by a position as Artistic Programme Coordinator in ArtHouse Multi-media Centre (1999) where she co-ordinated the sound and media residencies and the exhibitions programme. Niamh worked as General Manager in Project Arts Centre for 13 years where she was responsible for the financial and general management of the centre, as well as working as Executive Producer on the artist development programme, PROJECT CATALYST where she produced the work of individual artists, across disciplines, working outside the standard model of production, both in the centre as well as touring nationally and internationally. 

For further information:

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