30 Years of Dance

The seeds of what became Dance Ireland (DI), the trading name of the Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland (APDI), were set in motion in February 1989 when a group of like-minded dancers: Fiona Quilligan, Joanna Banks, Roy Galvin and Zelda Quilligan, came together to discuss their professional development needs, amid concerns about the impact of radical Arts Council funding decisions. The quartet was quickly joined by others, including John Scott, Loretta Yurick and Robert Connor.

On 26 May 1989 ADPI became incorporated and has since grown into the organisation that it is today.  To understand how APDI evolved, we provide a brief overview of the context at the time (read below or in pdf format here).