Pictured Above: Members of Limerick Youth Dance preparing for their one of their recent performances with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance: Katie Fitzpatrick, Aoife Donnellan, Katherine Battles, Angie Smalis (teacher), Jane Stundon, Ashlea Rondozai and Jessie McCormack.
Limerick Youth Dance, run by Dance Limerick, will begin its new term on Wednesday April 15 with an open session for new members at Dance Limerick Studio, John’s Square, Limerick. Limerick Youth Dance is an ensemble of young people aged 15-25 years interested in developing as dancers, performing on stage and screen and meeting other like-minded young people. The open session is a great opportunity for any young person interested in giving dance a go. All are welcome. This session is free and will run from 6pm-8pm.
Limerick Youth Dance meets every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at the Dance Limerick Studio, John’s Square. Joining Limerick Youth Dance means making a commitment to be part of a dance ensemble – a group of people dedicated to dance projects, participating in weekly workshops and meeting other young dancers. Limerick Youth Dance have been very active in the past year, creating and presenting performances with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, students from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL and producer/composer NUBUS. They were also part of the hugely successful Culture Night celebration at John’s Square with Music Generation, Limerick Youth Theatre and Scoil Uí Ruairc Irish Dancing School.
Limerick Youth Dance is led by dance artist Angie Smalis. Angie trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in her home country of Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Volksoper Wien. She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. In addition to Limerick Youth Dance, at Dance Limerick Angie also teaches a Contemporary Dance Class for Over 55s every Monday, and a Contemporary Dance Class for Adults every Tuesday. She is the Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of contemporary dance artists with intellectual disabilities. Angie is also a proud mother of 5.
Dance Limerick is a resource organisation for professional dance in Limerick and beyond. Through performances, talks, classes, workshops, projects and residencies, Dance Limerick provides opportunities for dance to be created, experienced and discussed in many ways, by all ages.
Read more about dance in Limerick here.