Sibéal ag léimptAthbhliain faoi mhaise a chairde, tá súil agam go raibh Nollaig mhór mhaith agaibh!

If you’ve made a resolution to learn sean-nós dance in 2016 then come along to my free taster class in DanceHouse on Wednesday, 6 January 2016 from 7-8 http://www.danceireland.ie/events/free-taster-classes.

Beginners and intermediate classes in DanceHouse, Foley St. and Raw Condition Gym, Portobello will commence the following week so why not get started early next week! Hope to see you there, here are the details:

Free beginners taster class, 7-8, DanceHouse, Foley St, Dublin 1 (located beside Talbot St).

Preparations for ‘Trip-nós’ @ Electric Picnic 2015 are coming along nicely. If you’re going to be at this year’s Picnic, make sure to pop over to the Mindfield area where An Puball Gaeilge is situated. We’ll be performing at 1pm on Sunday.

Have a listen to the very talented Ruth McKiernan practicing the final number!

Sean-nós Sept 2015 Term

Myself and Aine Ní Laoghaire will be teaching bilingual summer camps during the week at The elbowroom, Stoneybatter. If your kids are interSibéal ag léimptested in drama, dance and storytelling, do get in contact..it’ll be a lovely experience with a little showing at the end.

Beidh mé féin agus Aine Ní Laoghaire ag múineadh campaí dátheangacha an tseachtain seo chugainn i mBÁC. Má tá suim ag do pháistí sa drámaíocht, damhsa agus sa scéalaíocht, déan teagmháil linn. Taispeánfar an méid a d’fhoghlaim siad ag deireadh na seachtaine.

The camp runs from 27-31 July from 9am-2pm. Book here – https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=1638.

I’m so excited to be planning a dancing trip to New York City at the end of June and start of July where I’ll be teaching sean-nós dance masterclasses. Stay tuned for details!

Athbhliain faoi mhaise, chairde! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to get back into the studio to dance your socks off!

I’ll be running two sean-nós dance classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The full schedule can be found over on https://sibealdavitt.com/dance-classes/.

If you’ve been curious about sean-nós dance for a while then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. It’s a New Years resolution that’s bound to last!

Here’s a clip of my performance at Electric Picnic last summer for a bit of a taster.

Myself and Mary Beth Taylor are hosting a special sean-nós dance event at Club Chonradh na Gaeilge on Thursday 11 December 2014.

Sean-nós dance extravaganzaThe evening will kick off at 7.45 with a free sean-nós dance workshop at open level followed by live music and dance. The floor is open to all dancers from beginners to improvers as well as other professional dancers.

Events of this kind are very rare in Dublin and we hope to have a full house of musicians, dancers and onlookers with a warm Christmassy vibe. It will be a perfect opportunity to learn a few new steps, share what you already know, meet other dancers based in Dublin or just to sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Feel free to join the event on Facebook and spread the word https://www.facebook.com/events/372104376303249/. RSVP on Facebook or e-mail sibeal.davitt@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

I’m delighted to say that these past few months have been very busy with lots of exciting performances coming up before Christmas.

Myself and Kristyn Fontanella have been awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency in Traditional Dance under world-renowned dance artist and performer Colin Dunne.

Kristyn and I met on the MA Contemporary Dance program at UL this year and having had Colin as a tutor at different times throughout the year, we felt we would benefit from his experience in performance-making.

The aim of this residency is to explore the connections between the established styles in traditional dance (step dance and sean-nós dance) as well as finding a new language of material to traditional music. We are looking at sean-nós and step dancing from different perspectives and finding ways in which we can create new choreography which is unique to us as traditional/contemporary dancers. We are working closely with traditional music and using different choreographic methods such as text and improvisation. We aim to show our finding at the end of our residency at DancHouse on Friday 5 December. Stay tuned for details but in the meantime here’s a short clip of the exploration so far:

I received a second residency from Dance Ireland to develop new contemporary choreographic work with Olwyn Lyons. We have made a short work in progress which incorporates live dance and digital projection. Our initial stimulus for the project was ‘restriction’ and we have moved through several creative stages using props and choreographic tools such as Laban’s intrinsic strands. We performed the piece for the first time at Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement in Derry as part of an open call for short works. We were delighted with the response and we are continuing to create and develop with a short dance residency at The Axis Theatre in Ballymun during the month of November.

We will perform the piece next at Dance Theatre of Ireland’s ‘Creating Space‘ on Sunday 7 December at 3.30. Here are a few images from our stay in Derry:

Some photos taken by the very talented Natalia Petrova during a recent trip to Moscow. A big thanks to Alexey Popov for organising!

Brrrrrrr, is it just me or is it getting darker and colder already? Why not spend an evening learning some sean-nós steps and getting a good sweat going??

I’ll be running classes on Mondays, Tuesday AND Wednesday in different venues so there should be a class to accommodate everyone. Check out the schedule over on https://sibealdavitt.com/dance-classes/

Make sure to fill out a contact form and book a place as classes are filling up quickly. Hope to see you there.

More info: Sean-nós Autumn poster