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Dance Performance MA

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Jenny Roche
Address:
Course DirectorContemporary Dance Stream
Email:
jenny.roche@ul.ie
Tel:
353-61-213464
Fax:
353-61-202589
Name:
Breandan DeGallai
Address:
Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Email:
Breandan.Degallai@ul.ie
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Brief Description

The MA is unique in that it facilitates two independent streams of dance, Irish Traditional Dance and Contemporary Dance. Although independent, interactivity between these two dance genres is facilitated in the form of shared workshops, seminars and electives. The programme offers advanced tuition in both forms of dance and is designed to cater for the creative and artistic needs of contemporary and Irish traditional dancers.

The MA in Dance Performance is a one-year, full-time postgraduate programme. It is unique in that it facilitates two independent streams of dance, Irish Traditional Dance and Contemporary Dance. Although independent, interactivity between these two dance genres is facilitated in the form of shared workshops, seminars and electives. The programme offers advanced tuition in both forms of dance and is designed to cater for the creative and artistic needs of contemporary and Irish traditional dancers. Objectives The programme provides a learning environment for advanced performance in either Irish Traditional Dance and Contemporary Dance; it explores aspects of repertoire and style within each of the two performance genres and it facilitates interactivity through the elective system with other related areas of study.

 Irish Traditional Dance Performance

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • DA6041 Embodying Irish Dance Practices 1
  • DA5111 Dance Practicum 1
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
  • MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
  • MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
  • MD6101 Interdisciplinary Improvisation
  • MD6111 Colloquium 1
  • MD6051 Independent Study 1
  • MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
  • DA6032 Embodying Irish Dance Practice 2
  • DA5112 Dance Practicum 2
  • MD6082 Choreography for Camera
  • MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
  • MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
  • MD6102 Colloquium 2
  • MD6052 Independent Study 2
  • BR5001 Broadening Through Awareness Activism and the Arts
Semester 3: MD5522: Final Presentation

Contemporary Dance Performance

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • DA6031 Contemporary Dance Techniques for Performance 1
  • DA5141 Practicum: Dance Performance Repertoire 1
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
  • MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
  • MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6111 Colloquium 1
  • MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
  • MD6101 Interdisciplinary Improvisation
  • MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
  • BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts
  • MD6051 Independent Study 1
  • DA6022 Contemporary Dance Techniques for Performance 2
  • DA5142 Practicum: Dance Performance Repertoire 2
  • MD6082 Choreography for Camera
  • MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Art Practice 2
  • MD6062 Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural

Policy Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
  • MD6102 Colloquium 2
  • MD6052 Independent Study 2
Semester 3:   MD5522 Final Presentation

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

 

 

A primary degree with first or second class honours or an equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). An equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.
An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material.

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language 
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English. 
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.
Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, any interviews or auditions (as required by the Course Director) during the application process will now take place virtually.

The programme is beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in dance performance, artistic directorship, and arts development.

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, former MA Student, Independent Dance Artist “The level of personal feedback and discussion was hugely beneficial. I think this facet of the course meant that I engaged with dance in a deeper way and was able to analyse my own work more objectively.  It also gave me a language with which to write about my work.”

Nicole McKeever “The MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance programme at UL, under the directorship of Dr Catherine Foley, changed me as dancer both physically and mentally. It allowed me to become the professional dancer and choreographer I knew I was destined to be. Through my experiences in the program and the people I met I was able to launch my professional career and take my life in a direction I never could have imagined. Since successfully completing the MA in Irish Traditional dance, I have toured consistently for five years with Riverdance the show, dancing on four continents. I have recently earned my TCRG as a certified Irish dance teacher. I have also taught workshops in Brazil and dance classes in New York City”.

Kathleen Spanos “The MA programme in Irish Traditional Dance Performance completely changed the course of my career path: Irish dance for me became something that was not only done at feiseanna, but could also be studied critically in academia. The combination of master classes and workshops along with coursework in dance history and ethnochoreology opened my mind to new ways of thinking about dance. I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone of competitive Irish step dance to explore unfamiliar styles of dance, such as Brazilian capoeira and West African dance. I learned that I could combine my love of dance and movement with my academic research goals and desire to teach in a university setting.
I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park in Performance Studies, and my doctoral research addresses the development of Irish dance as a percussive dance in the United States. My plan after completing my doctorate is to find a position as a professor of dance or performance studies. I credit the MA programme and my wonderful mentors at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music & Dance with giving me the means and the courage to allow my passion for Irish dance to guide my academic career goals.”

Andrew Vickers “The MA in Traditional Dance Performance is a must for Irish dancers who like to think outside the box. The Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick is a safe, nurturing, creative space for emerging dance makers from an Irish traditional dance background. During my time on the course I was encouraged to find my own identity as a dancer whilst applying the fundamental techniques of ethnographic research and dance making to my choreographic process. This program also provided beneficial resources to collaborate and network with people from different areas of the performing arts. Dr Catherine Foley has developed a great way to bring traditional dance forward into an academic setting using her vast experience and expertise in the field of dance and ethnochoreology. I would strongly recommend this course to any person looking to further their career in dance.
Since completing the MA I have gone on to work with Dance Theatre of Ireland and Soul Steps NYC on the creation and performances of Every Little Step, The Rhythm of Hope. This production premiered in New York City at the Joyce SOHO in 2011 as part of Imagine Ireland, a year of Irish Arts and Culture abroad. I have also collaborated on a new production Pulses of Tradition with fellow allumni Brian Morrissey, who completed his MA in Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy. This stage show showcases Irish music, song and dance in both traditional and contemporary capacities and is now a part of the summer concert series at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City.”
 

Ashlene McFadden “The MA in Traditional Dance Performance is a must for Irish dancers who like to think outside the box. The Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick is a safe, nurturing, creative space for emerging dance makers from an Irish traditional dance background. During my time on the course I was encouraged to find my own identity as a dancer whilst applying the fundamental techniques of ethnographic research and dance making to my choreographic process. This program also provided beneficial resources to collaborate and network with people from different areas of the performing arts. Dr Catherine Foley has developed a great way to bring traditional dance forward into an academic setting using her vast experience and expertise in the field of dance and ethnochoreology. I would strongly recommend this course to any person looking to further their career in dance.
Since completing the MA I have gone on to work with Dance Theatre of Ireland and Soul Steps NYC on the creation and performances of Every Little Step, The Rhythm of Hope. This production premiered in New York City at the Joyce SOHO in 2011 as part of Imagine Ireland, a year of Irish Arts and Culture abroad. I have also collaborated on a new production Pulses of Tradition with fellow allumni Brian Morrissey, who completed his MA in Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy. This stage show showcases Irish music, song and dance in both traditional and contemporary capacities and is now a part of the summer concert series at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City.”

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