Reference Code: IE 2135 N53

Title: The Joyce Richardson Papers

Dates of Creation: 2005-2010

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium: 52 items (42 files)



Name of Creator(s): Richardson, Joyce.

Biographical History: Joyce Richardson began dancing at the age of two.  Having started with Irish dancing, she moved to ballet when nine years old, training at the Myrtle Lambkin School of Dance.  By sixteen, she had completed all major classical exams and perfected her training at the Urdang Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts at Covent Garden, London.  Her subsequent career in dance has taken many forms, including music videos and touring in popular musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story.  She has also appeared on several popular TV-shows and collaborated with great Irish performers, including Maureen Potter, Brendan Grace, and Ronnie Drew.

Joyce Richardson discovered flamenco while recovering in Jerez, Spain after a personal tragedy, and later trained in Spain and London with great flamenco stars such as Maria Maya, Belen Maya, Javier la Torre, Esperanza Linares, and Ana Salazar.  She began teaching flamenco in 2005 and in the same year founded her Dublin-based company, Aires Flamencos.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Joyce Richardson to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 23 May 2012.




Scope and Content: Posters, flyers, programmes, publications, reviews, and photographs illustrating Joyce Richardson’s career as a flamenco dancer and the development and growing popularity of flamenco as a dance form in Ireland.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

System of Arrangement: Documents have been arranged into seven series according to their form and thereunder listed chronologically by date.




Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents in good condition.

Finding Aids: A hard copy of the descriptive catalogue is available at the Special Collections and Archives Department, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.




Archivist’s Note: Papers arranged and described by Anna-Maria Hajba.

Rules or Conventions: This description follows guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000; Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, 2009; National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; and EAP Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.

Date of Description: June 2012.  Revised November 2020.


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