Guiding principles

Dance Ireland is the representative body for dance. A membership-led resource and service organisation, it celebrates, develops and promotes the diversity of dance practices in Ireland today. The founding principles are:

  • To provide support and practical resources for dancers and choreographers
  • To work towards developing a sustainable dance sector in Ireland
  • To lead, represent and advocate on behalf of the dance sector in Ireland
  • To enhance public awareness of and involvement in dance at all levels.

Dance Ireland also manages DanceHouse, on licence from Dublin City Council.

History

Dance Ireland is the parent organisation and the trading name of the Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland Ltd (APDI). Established in 1989, incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1992, APDI rebranded in 2006, on assuming responsibility for DanceHouse and granted Charitable Status in 2012.

Initially administered under the umbrella of the Dance Council of Ireland, APDI was created as a proactive support for dancers and choreographers. While our founding principles remain the same, the organisation has evolved over the past 27 years and provides a crucial platform for its members to innovative, create and connect nationally and internationally.

Building and facilities

Located in the heart of the North-East inner city, DanceHouse comprises 6 purpose-built dance studios, Artists’ Resource Room, artists’ kitchen/green room facilities & exhibition spaces. DanceHouse is a working home for all forms of dance practice and a hub for the wider dance community.

Contact
Foley Street
D01 Y0X8
Dublin
Ireland
www.danceireland.ie
info@danceireland.ie

Step Up

Deadline: 17 April 2020

8-week programme for young dance artists

Run by Dance Limerick, Step Up Dance Project 2020 aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice - in partnership with Arts Council, Dance Ireland and the University of Limerick.

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TDP Hotspots Laboratory

7-10 October 2020

Transnational laboratory without travelling

This Tipperary Dance Platform initiative is an international place for investigation and research, without travelling. A brand new way to work together: ten venues, organisations and festivals across Europe, eight dance studios, nine mentors host eight groups of dancers.

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Carte Blanche Staff Exchange 2021

April - September 2021

Carte Blanche in online format

Since 2014, EDN offers the possibility for its members to have a staff placement in another dancehouse. Due to the COVID-19, an online format is introduced. 

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EDN signs the "Reactivate Cultural Life in Europe" letter

Culture must be included in each and every National Recovery and Resilience Plan

In the open letter published by the group of 110+ pan-European networks, coordinated by Culture Action Europe, the European cultural community call on the Member States and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.

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Covid-19 impact on EDN members

EDN survey conducted by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo

European Dancehouse Network together with Fondazione Fitzcarraldo present the report with results of "EDN in Times of Covid-19" survey with responses of 38 dance houses from 23 different countries. 

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EDN joins Perform Europe

18-month project to design a future support scheme for cross-border touring and digital distribution of the performing arts

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.

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New approaches to dance training

Organised by Dance Ireland, this Atelier explored new approaches to training within the complex ecosystem of youth dance initiatives, vocational training and post graduate performance companies.

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Who am I?

During two days, the Atelier hosted by Dance Ireland focused on the professional dance practitioner informing by questions around identity, mobility and migration. The aim was to explore, from different perspectives, how the identity of the artists is constructed and maintained in a climate where mobility is necessary for the creative process and the professional practice.

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360° - Building Strategies for Communication

360º - Building Strategies for Communication in Contemporary Dance (BSCD) supported dance artists and makers at all stages of their careers to communicate their work effectively.

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Communicating Dance

Communicating Dance aimed to strengthen the European contemporary dance scene, contributing to its competitive edge and visibility within the international creative industry. Communicating Dance focused on recognizing and acknowledging these multi-layered aspects required for cultural leaders with responsibility for teams, funding, communication, distribution.

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Léim

Léim (2013 - 2015) aimed to offer participants the opportunity to undertake a personal and collective professional leadership development journey in organisations with a high degree of expertise in dance, both in their own countries and across Europe.

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Modul-dance

Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries. Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.

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B.motion 2019

The second edition of the EDN Carte Blanche for artists took place from August 20th to 26th, 2019 hosted by the CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea. Twelve artists from nine Dancehouses attended B.Motion under the guidance of local mentor Eva Zilio.

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Encounter Brazil

EDN’s Encounter Brazil took place from 5th November to 9th November in Sao Paulo during the Festival Contemporaneo de Sao Paulo. Form's director Matti Numminen, one of the 5 EDN members taking part in the visit, shares his impressions.

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B.motion 2020

Four days of performances, dialogues, interviews, shared physical practices and conversations about dance.

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HOLDING_TOGETHER

EDN joins efforts with Grand Re Union: how can we re-design our thinking and our projects, how can we - still stay creative and how can we co-imagine a new, better, future for our local and global communities and societies.

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