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I have been collaborating with filmmaker, Gavin FitzGerald and Ciarán Gray, director of Company B on a dance film project since this time last year on a dance film project.

Company B is a youth contemporary dance company for boys, a group who take class and rehearse weekly at Dance House on Foley Street, Dublin 3. Last year we were awarded the 2013 Youth Ensembles Scheme grant by the Arts Council to make a dance film. We put together a short video as part of the application outlining our idea, which can be viewed below:


The film is now finished and is currently making the rounds at dance and film festivals in Ireland and abroad. Have a look at the trailer below and don’t forget to ‘like’ School Rush on Facebook.


For more information on screening School Rush as part of a dance or film festival, contact me at

Sibéal teaching(Leagan Gaeilge thíos)

Join me for a series of sean-nós dance workshops in the heart of Dublin city next week on Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 December 2013.

I’ll be teaching sean-nós dance steps with a modern twist, offering students the opportunity to kick loose and move freely to the music. All are welcome to Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Tuesday will kick off at 6pm with an hour-long intensive workshop for improvers. Participants must have prior experience and should be willing to dance solo. This workshop will cover more advanced reel steps as well as more complex rhythmic ornamentation. €10 admission. From 7.15pm – 8.30pm I’ll be going back to basics for a beginner’s workshop. Starting with a short warm up to get the heart rate up, this workshop will a provide a basic lesson in traditional rhythm as well as a good physical workout – no prior experience necessary. €10 admission.

Thursday’s workshops will take place at the same times. The material will follow on from the steps learned on Tuesday but complete beginners are welcome to the 7.15 session. There will be special rates for all 4 workshops.

Although all workshops will be taught bilingually, participants are not required to speak Irish. Spaces are limited so make sure to reserve a place e-mailing Please arrive 15 mins early to prepare for the class.

Come and step up to the challenge before digging all the festive goodies and don’t forget the spread the word!

An bhfuil suim agat sa damhsa ar an sean-nós?

Beidh mé ag reáchtáil ceardlanna damhsa ar an sean-nós ag leibhéil eagsúla cumais an tseachtain seo chugainn ar an Máirt 17 Nollaig agus Déardaoin 19 Nollaig 2013.

Cuirfear fáilte roimh chách teacht agus páirt a ghlacadh san oíche mhór a bheidh ar siúl sa i gClub Chonradh na Gaeilge, 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Baile Átha Cliath 2 ar 16 Lúnasa.

Ar an Máirt, cuirfear tús leis an oíche le ceardlann d’fheabhsóirí ag 6 – 7i.n. Ardrang aclaíochta a bheidh i gceist leis seo ina ndíreofar ar chéimeanna níos casta agus ar ornáidíocht rithime. Beifear ag súil go mbeadh na bunchéimeanna ar eolas ag na rannpháirtithe agus go mbeadh muinín acu iontu. Gearrfar €10 an duine don uair an chloig. Ag 7.15 – 8.30 beidh fáilte roimh ghlanthosaitheoirí teacht agus bunchéimeanna an tsean-nóis a fhoghlaim. Ní gá go mbeadh cur amach ag rannpháirtithe ar an sean-nós roimhe seo ach ba chóir go mbeadh siad toilteanach allas a chur! €10 an duine.

Ar an Déardaoin leanfar ar aghaidh leis na céimeanna a múineadh ar an Máirt ach cuirfear fáilte roimh ghlanthosaitheoirí ag 7.15.

Ceardlanna dátheangacha a bheidh i gceist agus ní bheifear ag súil le cumas ard Gaeilge. Beidh teorainn le líon na spásanna sna ceardlanna mar sin ní mór r-phost a chur chuig le spás a chur in áirithe.

Hurrrayyy!!! Myself and Gavin FitzGerald have launched our first open call for directors to take part in our new dance film project, Ten Thirty Three. Check out all the details and submit ideas here.

We can’t wait to get started! In the meantime, have a look at some of our previous collaborations.

This year has been very eventful so far, to say the least! Just a few weeks ago I started my MA in Contemporary Dance Performance  in UL and there hasn’t been a dull moment since!

I’m coming to the course as both a traditional sean-nós and contemporary dancer and I’ve been faced with many interesting questions and challenges about my creative practice which I hope to have worked through by the end of the year when I hand in my final thesis!

Directed by renowned contemporary dance choreographer and performer, Mary Nunan, the course offers a refreshing look at dance performance today while also supporting creative development through journal writing, solo composition, choreography for camera, ensemble work etc.

So far I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with John Scott and Laura Macken on Scott’s reworked choreography, ‘Body Mosaic’ as well as working on my own solo work. Two weeks ago we rehearsed in the former Daghdha Dance space, which is now run by Dance Limerick. Here are some photos that were taken on the day which were used to Launch ‘Dance Limerick’ officially last night.

More updates on dance adventures in Limerick to come!

Trip-nós (where two sessions collide) is a minute long dance film mixing sean-nós and contemporary dance with electronic and traditional Irish music.

The idea originated at Electric Picnic last year as a live show mixing sean-nós dance and trad music with a track entitled Inspector Norse by the acclaimed Norwegian DJ Todd Terje and was subsequently commissioned as part of Dance Ireland’s MINUTES IN MOTION series.

Directed by Patrick Timmons Ward and shot by Gavin FitzGerald, the film presents a cast of talented dancers and musicians based in Dublin and centers around an electronic track, composed by Galway-based DJ Dáithí ó Drónaí.

Trip-nós is all about letting go of inhibitions, enjoying dance, and merging styles you would never have imagined going together! The film has an 80’s feel and definitely needs to be taken with a pinch of salt! Enjoy!