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Dance Archive

In this section you will find details of previous Dance initiatives and projects. While these projects and initiatives are historical, their information can still be quite relevant and they are important to keep so as to document a history of Arts Development in County Kildare. If you would like any further information on any of these past projects or initiatives, please contact us at or 045 448328 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Laban Guild Community Dance Leaders Course, Level 1

Laban Guild Community Dance Leaders Course, Level 1

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:57:00 GMT

Kildare Dance Summer School 2009

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Kildare Dance Summer School
20-24 July 2009
NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Dance your blues away!
Join us this summer for a dynamic and energetic week of dance!

The Kildare Dance Summer School offers a ‘pick and mix programme’ allowing you to immerse yourself in an exciting range of approaches to dance. 
• Develop your dance skills through technique and choreographic workshops
• Continue your professional development and apply your skills to working in different contexts including youth, education and disability
• Dance just for the fun of it! Just enjoy sessions in creative dance and the unique experience of a Movement Choir

Course options include technique and choreography classes, community based workshops, including Dance with Disability and Dance into Drama, as well as sessions in creative dance and the unforgettable Movement Choir.

New for the 2009 programme is a day dedicated to Youth Dance, and ‘Laban in Practice in Dance in Education’, a tailor made Dance in Education course for primary teachers. Highly experienced tutors, approved by the Laban Guild, facilitate the Summer School.
The Summer School programme is based on Laban fundamentals i.e. The Body, Space, Effort, Relationship.  However, previous experience of Laban’s work, or other dance techniques, is not essential. 

Tutor biographies

For further information on the course tutors please click here

The Dance Summer School costs € 350 for the week or €70 daily rate, which includes tuition fees and tea/coffee. 

Workshops take place Mon-Thurs 9.30am– 4.30pm, Fri 9.30am -1.30pm

Budget on-campus accommodation is available on the campus of NUI Maynooth, if required.

Further Information and Booking:
Kildare County Council Arts Service
Tel : 045-448328,  Email :

Kildare Dance Summer School 2009 brochure - Click to download

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Dance Summer School 2009 booking form. - Click to download

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Kildare Dance Summer School Youth Dance Day

Kildare Dance Summer School Youth Dance Day

Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 12:06:00 BST

Kildare Dance Summer School 2007

Kildare Dance Summer School 2007 brochure. Click to download

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Kildare Dance Summer School

The Kildare Dance Summer School was established in 2003 as a bi-annual event at NUI Maynooth. The Summer School programme is based on Laban fundamentals i.e. The Body, Space, Effort, Relationship. It was initially devised in order to provide Laban Guild Community Dance Leader Course participants with the opportunity to attend a Summer School in Ireland. (Attendance at an approved Summer School is required as part of this course). However it has attracted a much broader range of people and is open to those with no previous experience of dance or Laban's work.

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 2009 Summer School  2007 Summer School

Summer School Content

Kildare Dance Summer School offers a 'pick and mix' programme to allow participants to be immersed in an exciting range of approaches to dance. Previous programmes have included the following workshops:

  • Intuitive Dance
  • Dance into Drama
  • Laban Studies
  • Morning Dance Shakeup
  • Motivating Young People
  • Toolbox for Choreography
  • Dance in Education
  • Music for Dance
  • Movement Choir

Participation in the Kildare Dance Summer School gives you a chance to:

  • Develop your dance skills through technique classes and choreographic workshops.
  • Continue your professional development and see how you can apply your dance
    skills to working in different sections of the community - including youth groups,
    education, those with special needs.
  • Dance for the fun of it! Just enjoy sessions in creative dance and the unique
    experience of a Movement Choir.

Feedback from Kildare Dance Summer School 2009

‘A wonderful, inspiring, heartwarming, experience’.

‘I found the course to be extremely interesting, stimulating and informative. I enjoyed meeting similar minded people and sharing information and experiences. Thank you for a wonderful week.’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed this dance week and I look forward to incorporating the dance ideas into my own work.’

The next Kildare Dance Summer School will take place Summer 2011.

Kildare Dance Summer Mailing List

If you would like to receive updates and information on the next Summer School, please contact Kildare County Council Arts Service on 045 - 448328 or

Tutor Biographies

Michelle is a professional dance teacher and choreographer. She teaches the FETAC dance module in Marino College of Further Education, and facilitates a Laban based dance module to 3rd year Community Sports Leadership students in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her own company DANCEabout has provided workshops for children and young people at The Hugh Lane Gallery, Flip Flop International Children’s Festival, St. Peters N.S. and at Dance House. Michelle is a graduate of LABAN and danced professionally for a number of years. Her interest in teaching dance across all spectrums of the community led her to the Laban Guild’s Community Dance Leadership course. She recently graduated from the Phoenix Project - a professional development programme for dance teachers led by Anna Carlisle.

Anna was Head of Dance at Lewes College and Lecturer in Choreological  Studies at LABAN, London. She has taught extensively on the international circuit. Choreographic projects have run in Copenhagen, Iceland, France and Ireland and choreographic commissions for the Brighton Festival include Dances Sacrees et Profanes with the Musicians  of All Saints and the Community Opera, Figlia del Mago. Recent site specific works for her inter-generational Community Dance Group, Thin  Skin, include The Rise of Spring and Where the Land Meets the Sea for the Arts Council Big Dance, summer 2006. 'She is currently teaching at University of Bedford on the Dance MA programme'. Anna was awarded the MBE for Services to Dance in 2002.

Philippa has worked as a performer, choreographer and teacher in Contemporary dance with many dance, theatre, and opera companies in Europe. She joined CoisCéim Dance Theatre in 2006 to set up CoisCéim Broadreach – a dance awareness programme designed to offer opportunities for people to participate in dance. In 2006 and 2007 she directed two separate dance theatre productions with Dublin Bus drivers and staff, as part of Gut Busters, a CIE health initiative to aid employee's health and fitness. As part of Broadreach she has been instrumental in setting up an extensive programme for people aged 50+ and CoisCéim Creative Steps – young people’s dance theatre. In 2009 Philippa piloted The Choreography Project, a new venture for adults wishing to take part in original choreographic practices and performance.

Colm got involved in the field of disability whilst working as a carer in Stewarts Hospital Palmerstown Dublin. He studied Drama at University of Hertfordshire. In 1988 he met Wolfgang Stange the Artistic Director of AMICI Dance Theatre Company… a life changing moment. Colm is currently the Education Director of the company.  He also set up and teaches on a new project for seriously disabled people in Kensington & Chelsea (A groundbreaking project in this area).

Wendy is an experienced senior tutor for the Laban Guild, teaching on the Laban Guild Community Dance Leaders courses. She works here and abroad, teaching and choreographing in the community setting and in education, particularly in the Primary sector. Recently Wendy has been leading Dancing Stitches workshop days with branches of the Embroidery Guild and West Country Embroiderers in which dance motifs become the design source for the stitching and a weekend workshop entitled Dancing into Elemental Art bringing together the four elements of the natural world through dance and other art forms.

After spending time in London working as a professional actor and dancer, Noeleen returned to Ireland, re-training as a drama & dance teacher. Through her work in secondary and Further Education colleges (teaching drama and dance to GCSE, A’ Level and BTEC), Noeleen was introduced to Laban’s work and become completely hooked.  A graduate of both the Stage 1 & 2 Laban Guild Community Dance leader’s course, she now teaches and assesses on the Stage 1 course. She also took part in the recent pilot choregraphy course, facilitated by Anna Carlisle.
Working as a free-lance drama and dance teacher, she has been involved in:The Rock Challenge, school shows, community pantomimes and general performance training, across the educational spectrum. She is also an external examiner for A' level theatre studies.