Macushla Dance Club

Every Thursday from Thu 15 Sep 2022 - Thu 8 Dec 2022
12:15 - 13:15
Please Note:
No session Thurs November 3rd
Online only Thursday November 17th
Free, and open to all!
Jade O'Connor, Jessie Keenan, Olwyn Lyons and Mia DiChiaro

Macushla Dance Club 50+ is based in DanceHouse, and online, and provides free access to dance for older men and women. It strives to develop seniors' dance practice, offer links between Macushla Dance Club 50+ dancers and the professional dance community and promotes performance opportunities for its members.

Whether you’ve never danced before, or did ballet as a child and would love to return to class, Macushla Dance Club 50+ is for anyone who wants to give dance a go. No previous experience is required.

Workshops are designed for people aged 50+ and feature elements of different genres of dance and movement including contemporary dance, ballet, waltz, salsa, hip hop, yoga, jazz and much more. Weekly sessions begin seated with a gentle yoga inspired warm up and stretch followed by learning a movement style or exploring a new choreography. Each session is based on a wide repertoire of gentle exercises and movements which will keep you moving and improve flexibility, coordination, stamina and core strength.

Meeting once a week on a termly basis, Macushla Dance Club 50+ is directed by professional dance and multi-disciplinary artists Jade O’Connor, Olwyn Lyons, Jessie Keenan and Mia DiChiaro. Macushla Dance Club 50+ was originally established in 2006 by choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill.

‘Macushla’s weekly dance class is my go to happy place, I just love it is so professionally run. The teachers style of instruction is so clear and their choice of music so appropriate to go with the piece we are doing. Thank you all so much, and I'm really looking forward to the next class.’ Helen, Macushla Dance Club 50+ Member (2021)

‘I just love the classes. The teachers are so nice, calming and easy to follow. Feel so much better after participating. I am so glad I found out about Macushla Dance Club 50+ classes.’ Marie, Macushla Dance Club 50+ Member (2021)


To book your place IN STUDIO at 12:15pm on Thursdays:


Or alternatively, contact us on 01 855 8800 to book you in

Macushla Dance Club is kindly supported by Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland and has also received funding from Impact, Go for Life, Dublin Bus, Community Foundation for Ireland, and Pobal.

About the Dance Artists

Jessie Keenan
Jessie is a choreographer making work that crosses over into science, visual art, architecture and archives. Interdisciplinary connections are at the heart of her work. In 2018 she premiered Fragments at Dublin Fringe Festival where it was nominated for Best Design. This work was developed with the support of Arts Council Ireland’s Next Generation Bursary. Other selected projects include: Her Supreme Hour, a solo commissioned by the Dublin Dance Festival/GPO Witness History Public Art Commission for Embodied 2016; Low Lying, a collaborative work with visual artist Ciara McKeon and composer Robbie Blake, Dublin Fringe 2016. She is currently working on a new project with Blake, in collaboration with academic researcher Dr Zosia Kuczyńska. This new work, emerging from archival encounters with the Brian Friel Papers at the National Library of Ireland, will premier in Dublin in Spring 2021.

Jessie has been teaching contemporary dance classes for beginners since 2015 and has been working with the Macushla Dance Club since 2017. She has worked as a teacher and dance facilitator with The National Neighbourhood Project - Dublin City Council Culture Company and Irish Aphasia Theatre, and in 2019 was commissioned by Dance Limerick to choreograph a new work ‘Strike’ for the Limerick High Kicks over 50’s dance group. 

Jade O’Connor
Jade is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Dublin and member of Dance Ireland. Jade has trained at the Irish Institute of Dance and Choreography, Firkin Crane, Cork and graduated on a scholarship from Millennium Performing Arts, London - Dance, Music & Acting. On arriving in Dublin she completed the Acting for Screen Course at The Irish Film Institute. 
Since graduating she has worked with many Directors, artists and theatre companies. And has worked extensively with Catherine Young Dance Company as a singer, writer & composer while touring Ireland and The Middle East. She has performed at venues and festivals across the world including The Jerusalem National Theatre and back home at The Abbey Theatre & Dublin Dance Festival. Jade has toured with Broken Talkers Theatre Company & Mary Coughlan with their show Woman Undone. Jade collaborated with Scottee and friends at Dublin Fringe 2019 with ‘Things We’ve Always Wanted To Tell you’ at the Project Arts Centre and was thrilled to receive the Creative Thinking Nomination in association with The Abbey Theatre & Dublin Fringe. Jade also works with Choreographer and Director Sibeal Davitt and has performed in works such as ‘Surrender Navigation’ - Five Lamps Festival & Body and Soul Festival and Earworm - a Music Video by The Bonnymen, Directed by Gavin Fitzgerald.
Jade is also co-founder & co-director of award winning company FemmeBizarre who have presented work for THISISPOPBABY, Theatre Machine, Electric Picnic and Film Fatale. The company was commissioned to present work at ‘Where We Live’ Festival -
THISISPOPBABY and 5 Lamps Festival in 2020. In 2018, the company received Project Award funding for their very first production CAGED - Winner of Dublin Fringe Best Duo /Judges Choice & Best Production Nominee. This show will do a national tour in 2021 with thanks to The Arts Council Ireland. After the National Tour CAGED will be showcased at Dance Base Theatre at The Edinburgh Fringe 2021. FemmeBizarre also received The 2020 Project Award from The Arts Council for their brand new work HAUS OF FASH HUN which will be presented in mid 2021. HAUS OF FASH HUN has received The 2020 Romilly Masters Award and the company have been invited to perform their work at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Jade & Kate are Associate Artists at Solstice Theatre, Navan and will work on site to create and develop new projects for FemmeBizarre and as individual artists in 2021 & 2022.
Jade is also very interested in the cross disciplinary nature of film and dance and she was commissioned to make a piece for KFEST - Music & Arts Festival 2019. WHITE WASH is a multi-disciplinary live piece which examines the inaccuracies of female histories. The performance is told through spoken word, original composition & song, projected visuals by film-makers Stephen O’Donoghue & Gary Cahillane. Choreography by dancer Carol O’Connor. The show was made with the support of Dance Residency at Dance Ireland & commissioned by KFEST Music & Arts Festival. Jade is the 2020 recipient of the Dance
Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland.

Jade is an avid member of the Dance teaching community and facilitates workshops in Ireland and the UK. She is currently working with Catherine Young on the welcoming project which brings asylum seekers and local communities together through dance. Since 2013 Jade facilitates dance sessions with the Macushla Dance Club at Dance House and has led similar sessions throughout the country. Jade was commissioned to make a series of creative movement workshops as part of Crinniú na nÓg 2020. In association with Kerry County Council. She was also commissioned to make a series of Dance Sessions with Carol
O’Connor for nursing homes in Longford in association with Longford County Council and The Backstage Theatre. Jade works extensively as an actor and voice over artist. Previous work includes Cold Memory - Radio Play by John Casey ( Near FM ), Red Water - TV series ( BBC and RTÉ ) Small Town TV series by Gerard Barrett ( RTÉ ) and most recently Jade can be heard as the
voice of Ireland’s GAA - Where We Belong campaign ( RTÉ, National Radio & Spotify ). Solo Vocalist at Herstory event - The Sugar Club, Dublin, Feb 2020. Her most recent song Can’t Go Back was performed as part of Culture Night 2020, she wrote and arranged this song with musician Martin Schaer & Sound engineer Alan Kelly.

Olwyn Lyons

Olwyn is an independent choreographer, dance artist and community dance facilitator, who specialises in Contemporary and Hip Hop Dance. She is a certified Dance for Parksinson’s teacher (Dance for PD® USA, English National Ballet, U.K.) and is a qualified Zumba instructor. 


Facilitation of workshops and projects include: Cruinniú Na nOg 2020 (South Dublin County Council), International Dance Day: DANCE YOUR OWN DANCE (CoisCéim Dance Theatre Broadreach, The Ark, DCC Arts & Libraries Summer Arts Programme 2020), Schools Cultural Award 2020 (South Dublin County Council), Community Dance Artist in Residence of Five Lamps Arts Festival 2020, CoisCéim Dance Theatre Broadreach (EXIT 15, Intergenerational Community Dance Project, Ballyogan, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council), Cruinniú Na nOg 2019 (South Dublin County Council), Intergenerational Community Dance Project, (Groovy Movers 2018-19), this project was lead by Dance Artist, Monica Munoz and funded by Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council, Dancer in Residence of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival 2018. 

Recent performance work includes: Earworm (Directed by Gavin Fitzergerald, Choreographed by Sibéal Davitt). Irish traditional music group,The Bonny Men’s official music video for ‘Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie’, about the torment of the creative process. Leanaimis (Choreographed by Sibéal Davitt) Research and development at Dance Ireland. 

Olwyn facilitates weekly dance classes at Dance Ireland including, Dance for Parkinson, Macushla Dance Club (Dance Ireland, Dublin City Council) and Hip Hop as part of the evening programme. 

Olwyn is  Assistant Director of NOISE Moves Youth Dance Festival based at Civic Theatre and Rua Red, Tallaght (South Dublin County Council).  

Mia DiChiaro

Mia  (she/her) is a Dublin-based contemporary dancer and artivist whose ideas often circulate around joyful embodiment, climate justice, and participatory art. Originally from New York, she trained at the Ailey School and developed an interdisciplinary B.A. in 'Performance and Arts Activism’ from NYU while also becoming a RYS 200hr certified yoga teacher. After relocating to Ireland, she received a First-class Honours M.A. in ‘Contemporary Dance Performance’ from University of Limerick and has performed choreography by artists including David Bolger, Liz Roche, Lucyna Zwolinska, Jack Webb, Ursula Robb, Paul White, Dina Abu Hamdan, and her own site-specific work around embodied climate activism. In 2020 she received Dance Ireland’s HATCH Award for her collaborative eco-dance research and is diving further in 2021-2022 with support from the Irish Arts Council Dance Bursary Award.

Her passion for making dance accessible has led to exciting opportunities to work with nonprofit organizations and non-professional dancers. Since 2015 she has served as company administrator with General Mischief Dance Theatre (USA), apprenticed with the New Victory Theatre/New 42nd Street for young audiences (USA), the De Luain Players ensemble of actors with Down Syndrome (IRE), conducted integrated dance research with Dance Ability Finland (FIN), and shared movement and yoga with over 60’s in nursing homes from 2014-2018 (USA). In Ireland she has taught professional morning class at Dance Limerick and the Firkin Crane. She has trained to teach Dance for PD (Parkinsons) with Mark Morris Dance Group and is delighted to be joining the team for Dance for PD and Macushla Dance Club 50+.
Image by  Jessica Lemes

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