Open Call: BeDance - Professional Development for Dance Artists

Bernadette Divilly Galway Dance Artist in Residence is looking for professional dance artists who have an interest in engaging with culturally diverse and active senior populations through arts participation.

Programmes developed throughout Bernadette’s residency will be shared with participating artists with view continuation of practice.

This Galway Dance Artist in Residence will have its final composition with an exhibit at the Winter Solstice to launch a publication and will include a dance installation performed by the participating artists.

Financial Support
€500.00 artists fee
€50.00 expenses for travel (receipts required and subject to mileage)

- Professional dancers living in Ireland
- Varying age groups and diversity of cultural influences
- Dance artists who would like to strengthen their arts participation practice
- Artists should be registered as self-employed

Timeline (subject to minor change)
01st Nov
Dance Dates Online Orientation for Professional Dancers (1/2 day)
4th - 26th Nov
- Individual Daily Dance Date Practice – every day Mon-Fri for 9 mins
- Once a week, 30min Dance Date with all professional dancers (online)
20th - 21st Dec
- Each artist will create their own short dance score, which will be presented at the Publication Launch

How to apply
Statement of Interest (250 words or video/audio)
Short Bio (250 words or video/audio)
CV or links to previous work (optional)

Please email these to: with subject line: BeDance Application

Deadline for applications Friday 22nd of October

Applicants will be notified by Wednesday 27th October

About BeDance

BeDance emerged as a synthesis of Bernadette Divilly’s work as part of 2020/21 Dance Artist in Residence through the Arts Council with Galway City & Galway County Arts Offices in relationship with the Ballinasloe Library. The work involved is the translation of Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) principles and practices. During this residency Bernadette Divilly researched and developed a pathway for CDP through Ballinasloe Library, creating a series of programmes for radio/podcasts based on CDP, and generated a platform for sharing this work with other dance artists working with the over 50 community and others. The body mind practices of CDP benefit participants and audiences during these transitional times.

*CDP is a body mind practice originated by Barbara Dilley and practiced all over the world

Moving through the pandemic 2020/ 2021 and its fallout, mindfulness practices, meditation and improvisation felt essential. Bernadette Divilly adapted CDP to these new circumstances, focusing on the local but real connection to the international.

About Bernadette Divilly

Dance movement is central to my understanding of what it means to be at home – to be human on a shared planet where sentient bodies are connected and resonate within a physical world. Body, mind and spirit are experienced through the template of the physical body. Movement is a shared language for all life, a language of creation.

My practice is based on depth psychology and somatic studies. I use contemplative dance and collaborative arts practices to bridge and connect the private and public realms and to creatively develop new understandings of landscape, culture, migration, health and the body. Bernadette Divilly, BA (Psychology) NUI Galway; MA (Somatic Psychology/Dance Movement Therapy) Naropa University, Boulder, CO; accredited member of The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) and The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). 

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