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Ms. Lisa Mc Loughlin

Biography


PERFORMANCE & PRACTICE | CHOREOGRAPHY | TEACHING & RESEARCH

Lisa McLoughlin is currently a Dance Lecturer in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick. She trained professionally at the Rambert School, London. As a Dancer with a career spanning 18 years she has performed in Australia, China, USA, Poland, Cyprus, France, Germany and Ireland with companies such as the Liz Roche Dance Company, Daghdha, Coisceim, Catapult Dance company, Marguerite Donlon and Dancers, Citog, IMDT and Opera Ireland.

As a Choreographer she was awarded the Jane Snow Award for Tender Hooks of Honesty. In 2006 she Choreographed Protected for the Shawbrook youth Dance Company. In 2011 Lisa co-choreographed 'Taking Distance' with Katherine O'Malley to accompany Liz Roche Company's 'Fast Portraits evening of work at Siamsa Tire, Tralee. In the same year alongside Emma O'Kane, Katherine O'Malley and Rebecca Reilly, she collaborated and co-choreographed Four Told, produced in partnership with Project Arts Centre as Project Catalyst artists. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Project Catalyst, Four Told was an exploration of ownership, identity and friendship, premiering at Project Arts Centre in February 2011 for a series of sold out performances. Also supported by the Arts Council of Ireland was Below the Tide, a piece she choreographed and produced to pay homage to the book 'Stillness' by Sr. Stan Kennedy. This site specific performance within the Sanctuary meditation centre, Dublin also enjoyed a run of sold out performances in 2012.

As a Dance researcher in 2013 Lisa was awarded an Arts Council Dance Bursary to explore an original and cutting edge research project combining dance and psychology in collaboration with Dr. Neil Kenny of the University of Limerick. This project was also mentored by Dr. Mary Nunan of the Irish World Academy, also at the University of Limerick. This research has been presented at the Tower Seminar series at the Irish world academy and two papers are currently in preparation for submission to the Journal of Dance Research. Lisa was awarded a first class honours for her Graduate Diploma in Dance and is currently nearing completion of an M.A. in Dance at the University of Limerick, with her thesis to be submitted in August 2015. For more information, please click the Research tab.

As a Dance Teacher Lisa has taught people from 3-80 years of age and has extensive training in teaching dance across a wide range of courses, contexts and students. She was one of five artists chosen for the MUS_E project (2001 – 2004), which over a span of three years trained artists in Child-centred pedagogical practices. She collaboratively taught dance in at-risk schools over the 3 years. She is a qualified Yoga Alliance certified teacher and a STOTT Pilates instructor.

She is currently teaching a range of modules across both undergraduate and post graduate Dance Courses at the University of Limerick. These included such modules as; Contemporary Technique, Improvisation and choreography. She founded Studio 32 Pilates Studio in 2005 which ran very successfully for 6 years on Dame St., D1 and Dancehouse, Foley St. She has taught extensively for the Liz Roche Company, Coisciem Dance theatre, IMDT, Dance theatre of Ireland and Dance Limerick, amoung many others.

Research Interests


Moved to dance: An exploration of dancers' phenomenological perceptions of what influences their movement while dancing and how they view themselves as dancers.

Lisa McLoughlin & Neil Kenny

Past research has shown that professional dancers' self-concept is strongly influenced by their profession (Van Staden, Myburgh, & Poggenpoel 2004). This study sought to explore six dancers' phenomenological perceptions of, firstly, what influences their movement and, secondly, how they view their personal identity as dancers. A mixed method approach was used to support robust reliability and validity in the collection of data which consisted of semi-structured qualitative interviews, structured movement improvisations, and a computer based measure of implicit attitudes, the IRAP. An interpretive Phenomenological Analysis framework was used to interpret the qualitative data, with the results suggesting dance played a central role in participant's identity. A number of consistent factors were reported by all participants as influencing their movement as dancers.

Key words: Dance, Identity, Implicit attitudes, IPA

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

Mc Loughlin, L & Kenny, N. (in preparation). Moved to dance: A phenomenological exploration of dancers perceptions of the factors that influence their identity and movement. Qualitative Research.

Mc Loughlin, L & Kenny, N. (in preparation). Feeling where I am: An exploration of dancers experiences of professional training. Research in Dance Education.

Teaching Interests

Lisa has taught dance and somatic practices to people from 3-80 years of age and has extensive training in teaching dance across a wide range of courses, contexts and students. She was one of five artists chosen for the MUS_E project (2001 – 2004), which over a span of three years trained artists in Child-centred pedagogical practices. She collaboratively taught dance in at-risk schools over the 3 years. She is a qualified Yoga Alliance certified teacher and a STOTT Pilates instructor.

She is currently teaching a range of modules across both undergraduate and post graduate Dance Courses at the University of Limerick. These included such modules as; Contemporary Technique, Improvisation and choreography. She founded Studio 32 Pilates Studio in 2005 which ran very successfully for 6 years on Dame St., D1 and Dancehouse, Foley St. She has taught extensively for the Liz Roche Company, Coisciem Dance theatre, IMDT, Dance theatre of Ireland and Dance Limerick, amoung many others.