Kildare Arts Service : Dance


Kildare County Council's Dance Development Programme centres on the exploration of contemporary dance and the provision of community dance training.  Since 1998 the extensive programme has included a dance residency, accredited training, and the establishment of Kildare Dance Summer School. In partnership with The Arts Council, The Laban Guild and other stakeholders, the Arts Service continues to support dancers and provide professional development opportunities through initiatives such as the Dance Bursary Award and Laban Guild Dance Leaders Course.


Kildare Dance Summer School 2018 

Kildare County Council Arts Service is delighted to announce our Dance & Movement Summer School Programme  16 - 20 July 2018

To view the dedicated website click here

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Curated by Ailish Claffey, this year's Summer School is in two parts:
Dance & Movement (Mon 16th - Weds 18th July)  
Movement-based workshops with leading Irish and international dance practitioners, suitable for people of all ages (18+) and abilities.  No dance experience required. Workshops include:

  • Candoco (UK) /Led by dancers from Candoco Dance Company, this workshop will explore the company’s approach to inclusive practice and offer a space for participants to play, make, discuss practice and enjoy a creative experience with each other. This day is designed for disabled and non-disabled dancers, artists, teachers and students at various stages in their careers.
  • Wendy Hermelin (UK) / JOURNEY – a movement choir - We all live frenetic lives at times and need replenishment in the way of peace calm and creativity. This movement choir will take us on a journey from that busyness to a place of tranquility.
  • Philippa Donnellan (Ireland) / Moving Stories - Developing narratives through creative dance practice 
  • Catherine Young Dance (Ireland) / Connecting Cultures -  Learn excerpts from Catherine Young's "Welcoming the Stranger" featuring African dance and Palestinian Dabke dance, with live drumming.

Dance & Health Seminar (Thurs 19th & Fri 20th July)
Develop your skills and grow your professional network by connecting with colleagues working in the field of dance and health. Featuring leading national and international experts, this event will comprise talks, panel discussions and workshops. It is for both dance and healthcare professionals.
Speakers include: 

  • Peter Lewton-Brain (Belgium), Director of International Association of Dance Medicine & Science
  • Clare Guss West (Switzerland), Co-founder of the European Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation
  • Tim Joss (UK), CEO & Founder, Aesop
  • Professor Desmond O’Neill (Ireland), Specialist in geriatric and stroke medicine, based in Tallaght Hospital & Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Emily Jenkins (UK), Founder of Move Dance Feel
  • Dr. Richard Coaten (UK), founder of the world's first 'Centre of Excellence in Movement Dance & Dementia'
  • Dr. Ronan Collins (Ireland), Director of Stroke Services and Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital
  • Dr. Jenny Elliot (Northern Ireland), Chief Executive at ArtsCare
  • Dr. Hilary Moss (Ireland), Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick

“As curator of the 2018 Kildare Dance & Movement Summer School and the Dance & Health Seminar (as part of The Invitation to Collaboration Scheme), it gives me great pleasure to be part of a vibrant community coming together to celebrate the unique radical and human act of dance. Together we will delve with curiosity and rigour, embodying and examining the art of dance and the relational expertise of the dance artist.” Ailish Claffey, Curator

The Kildare Dance and Movement Summer School takes place at Loftus Hall, St Patrick's College, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare.

Dates & Times:
Dance & Movement  Mon 16th - Weds 18th July, 2018               9:30am - 4:30pm
Dance & Health Seminar Thurs 19th & Fri 20th July, 2018        9:30am - 4:30pm

There are a range of ticketing options for this year's summer school to suit most budgets:
5 day / Full Week Pass* / 16-20 July / €160.00
3 day / Dance and Movement Pass* / 16-18 July / €110.00
2 day / Dance and Health Pass* / 19-20 July / €80.00
1 day / Day Pass* / Open to any day of your choosing / €45.00
*includes tea, coffee and light lunch

To view the Dance Summer School's dedicated website please visit 

To book tickets please visit

For more information contact  KCC Arts Service on  045 448328 / 

Funded under The Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2017, this project is a partnership between Kildare, Kerry and Tipperary County Councils, and Dance Ireland.

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Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:31:00 GMT