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Dance Ireland

Dance Ireland, DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Ireland
Tel: +353 1 855 8800
Fax: +353 1 819 7529
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Dec. 19, 2012
Dance Ireland 
Dance Ireland is a not-for-profit organization providing professional and comprehensive supports and services for dance artists in Ireland. Its predecessor, the Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland Ltd (APDI) was founded in 1989, and became an NPO in 1992. In addition to providing a wide range of dance-related programs, APDI began organizing the DanceFest festival in the 1990s. Dance Ireland runs Ireland’s only dance-specific studio facility, the DanceHouse, which was conceived in 1997 as a plan by the City of Dublin to create a dance center and opened in 2006. It also provides a rich variety of programs and initiatives, as seen below, for the organization’s members, comprised of professional dancers, choreographers, dance companies and educational institutions.
+Training Programme for Professional Dance Artists
· Professional classes, workshops & master classes
· Choreographic workshops
· International dance artist residencies
· Professional development seminars
+ Development Programme for Professional Dance Artists
· Dance Ireland Residencies (in Ireland)
· Mentored Choreographic Lab
· International Associate Artist programme
· International peer exchange programme
· New Movements performance opportunities
· Winging It - short-term, no-notice studio hire service
+ Dance Artist Supports and Services
· Information/advice clinics
· Subsidised equipment hire
· Resource room - library, business facilities, meeting space, study desks
· Advocacy on issues of importance to the dance community
+ Local Initiatives (for community outreach)
· Open Days - free ‘taster’ dance classes open to all
· Open House - non-curated events by youth/community dance groups
· Subsided studio support for local dance activity
+Promoting Dance
· Dance Ireland website operation
· Dance Ireland e-bulletin information resource
· Commissioning and publishing dance-related essays and reviews
· Representing the Irish dance sector at key national and international events and forums