Dance directory members and their work
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Contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap. Any performance work in any style, and any medium; will teach any age group and ability level. Choreography, working with the medium of video. Volunteering working with groups using dance as a tool.
Contact: Abbie Madden
Tel: 07478 990757
A versatile performer, choreographer and trainer, Aisling McCormick trained in the College of Dance, Dublin, followed by an apprenticeship with Springs Dance Company in London. Returning to Ireland, she studied at Trinity College and completed an MA in Dance at the University of Limerick. Recent work includes performance with Catherine Young Dance, choreographing the Unspoken project with Project Arts Centre, guest teaching with Pan Pan Theatre Company in Dublin, and teaching choir and musical theatre to people of all ages. Her work focuses on themes of inclusion and she worked for four years as director of an intercultural arts company in Dublin, teaching workshops on integration through the arts. She has also trained with the Laban Guild in Laban Movement Analysis. She has recently completed a PGCE and has registered with the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland.
Contact: Aisling McCormick
Anita is a registered ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is RAD trained and has completed a certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Anita is a freelance ballet teacher, working with all ages from pre- school to adults, teaching in Carryduff and Carrickfergus.
Anita is also a Stott-trained Pilates instructor and teaches Pilates classes in Carryduff, Carrickfergus, Bangor and Holywood. She is available for one-to-one Pilates sessions.
Contact: Anita McBriar
Tel: 07599 615356
Aneta was born in Poland and started her dance training as a teenager training in Contemporary Dance, Jazz and Hip Hop. She was part of a dance company called “Step”. Aneta has a Higher National Diploma in Dance from Belfast Metropolitan College along with other qualifications from Fitness NI, including Fitness Instructor Course, Step Aerobics and Health Related Exercise for Children.
Aneta has experience working with children in a school and community based setting as well as various performance experience. She currently works with Open Arts, Artsekta, Oxygen Club and Artfrique on a freelance basis.
Contact: Aneta Murawska
Tel: 07740 287 394
Anne Reid is a qualified adjudicator and teacher of Irish Dance. She has trained solo dancers and teams to World Championship level and has offered throughout the world. Anne teaches young people from primary school level right up to adults in her “reel-style” classes, teaching solo and ceili dances in both traditional and contemporary styles.
Ann Ward is a course officer at the Laban Guild for Movement and Dance, an organisation which is committed to furthering dance for all through the benefits of Laban Analysis.
Anthea is a contemporary dance practitioner who holds many qualifications to her name including a B.A. (Hons) Performance Arts from Middlesex University and MA Cultural Management from the University of Ulster. She specialises in work with older people and is currently based at Island Arts Centre, Lisburn where she coordinates the Age on Stage dance group for seniors. For more information on Age on Stage, visit www.ageonstage.wordpress.com.
Balancing amalgamated techniques and artistry with educational needs, APPA-NI’s instructors, working within purpose built training facilities, provide a positive and unique learning environment for combined physical arts training.
APPA-NI delivers training for all ages and abilities in disciplines including Ballet, Jazz Dance, Contemporary Dance, Aerial Arts,
Rhythmic Gymnastics, Acrobatic Tumbling with additional
programs in Barre Plus Fitness and Physical Boys.
APPA-NI also places great emphasis in offering a number of community-outreach initiatives and programmes. This helps to ensure broad accessibility to the benefits of our physical arts training.
Argyro Tsampazi is a dance practitioner from Greece. She is currently completing a PhD in Dance at the University of Ulster, after finishing her MA in Choreography at Fonty’s University in The Netherlands. She has also studied Theology and Dance Teaching at the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki.
Argyro has worked in Thessaloniki for many years leading her own Dance School and professional Dance Company. She took part in numerous seminars and festivals in Greece and abroad, and won several awards in International dance Competitions from where she also gained two scholarships, one for the Ballet Dance Open in St. Petersburg, Russia and one for John Moore’s University in Liverpool, UK.
Her research is about the use of trance in the choreographic process. She is currently working as a dance teacher in N.Ireland teaching Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Choreography and developing her own choreographic technique.
Contact: Argyro Tsampazi
Tel: 07833 014791
Beat Carnival is the Carnival Arts sector lead organisation in Northern Ireland. Beat Carnival’s vision is of a vibrant, colourful and welcoming society where diversity and creativity are promoted and celebrated.
Belfast Argentine Tango Society
The Belfast Argentine Tango Society is a ‘not for personal profit’ organisation that is committed to bringing Argentine Tango to Belfast. The society organises classes and social dance events employing professional dance teachers to teach the dance form.
Braid Arts Centre
The Braid Arts Centre is a programming venue housing a 400 seat theatre and a studio/dance studio
Breda Mc Nulty is a graduate from the University of Ulster with a degree in BA Honours Dance and a Certificate in Dance from Sallynoggin College of Further Education. She is currently working as a Community Dance Artist in the North and West of Ireland and has previously worked for Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre. Breda works in a range of diverse dance styles from which she is continuously
developing, including Contemporary, beginners Salsa, beginners
rock ‘n’ roll, Creative Ballet, Movement and Hip-Hop. She also
works with a range of groups, such as people with disabilities,
young people and elderly people. Breda has experience in cross
border and cross community projects and educational work, and is
a qualified Zumba instructor. Breda also has an interest in
performance and has experience in touring Dance in Education.
Contact: Breda McNulty
Tel: 00353 874 164 006 / 07949 679 420
Bridie Mayfield is Australian born, training in Classical Ballet training at the Queensland Ballet School, taught by Stan Chambers and Mary Heath. Bridie is inspired by the work of Mark Morris and has also trained in Irish Dance. Bridie set up Brutal Ballet in 2008, a classical ballet company that dances to heavy metal music. Bridie relocated to Northern Ireland in 2014 and restarted Brutal Ballet with a new company of dancers.
Contact: Bridie Mayfield
Bridget specialises in are Irish dance and Contemporary dance. She has extensive experience in touring shows worldwide and also collaborating with artists in mixed media, such as Film and Photography. Bridget performs, teaches and choreographs dance in Ireland. She regularly teaches workshops in Irish and contemporary fusion and performs in residency with The D’amby Project in New York, USA. Bridget got supported by the Arts Council NI for her research and development of the fusion style and as a result was commissioned by the Dublin Dance Festival to create her first solo piece, ‘An Rinceoir’. Since then she has worked independently as a
choreographer and been a dancer with different companies.
Contact: Bridget Madden
Tel: 07907 629 243
Brona is a local dance artist who graduated from Ulster University with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Dance in 2012. As a member of the U. Dance Ensemble Brona performed across the UK under the direction on Hofesh Shecther, before joining Ireland’s graduate programme based at Limerick University
where she worked with choreographers Liz Roche and John Jasperes .
Since completing her training Brona has worked
extensively in community dance, fuelled by her passion for
accessible creative dance education for all, and has been a
guest lecturer at the Ulster University School of Creative Arts
and Technologies since 2013. As a performer Brona has worked
across the UK with companies such as Off The Rails Dance,
Assault Events and Replay Theatre Company. In 2015 Brona
became a BBC Performing Arts Fellow working with DU Dance
NI to create a large scale international youth and community
dance festival ‘Belfest’. Brona has also received her professional
diploma in dance teaching, is a UKA Dance Associate and a
member of the Foundation for Community Dance. Brona, originally
from Derry, is now based in mid-Ulster to allow her to continue
her work across the north of Ireland. She is very interested in
developing her artistic practice creating opportunities for young
audiences to participate, perform and watch high quality creative dance.
Contact: Brona Jackson
Tel: 028 713 11041
Fulfil your balletic potential by participating with others in exploring how music, rhythm and movement can develop your confidence, strength and coordination. Experience the art and technique of ballet at a level that suits you, whether you are a new or returning dancer.
Contact: CheeShong Soon
Ireland’s ‘Mr Salsa’, Chris is one of the most exciting, inspiring and entertaining characters from the Emerald Isle. Ensuring everyone has a great time whilst learning to dance, his classes focus mainly on technique, natural body movement and FUN. Chris regularly teaches, DJs and hosts Salsa festivals in Belfast and has made numerous appearances on both the BBC and RTE. Chris works with all ages and works for youth groups and schools as well as working on corporate and charity events, and weddings. Chris is Director at Salsa-NI, an organisation that’s been established for 10 years, and provides the largest and best Salsa dance classes in Northern Ireland.
Christina completed her yoga teacher training (RYT 200 hours) at Santosha Yoga Training in 2015. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience of yoga with others and now offers yoga courses in various locations. Courses are based on Hatha Yoga and are suitable for everyone, including beginners – classes work to build strength, improve flexibility and promote relaxation.
Clare is a Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher.
Crescent Arts Centre
The Crescent Arts Centre is a newly refurbished arts centre housing a studio theatre, two dance studios, numerous rehearsal rooms, offices, and an art workshop area. It offers an extensive arts programme throughout the year.
Damian is an adult ballet dancer who is also taking classes in contemporary. Through intense training he intends to progress as far as is possible on his dance journey and hopes for exam and performance opportunities in the future.
Contact: Damian Magill
Tel: 07821 816573
Dance Ireland is a national resource organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of professional dance and choreography practice in Ireland.
As the national voice for dance, Dance UK advocates and lobbies to promote the importance and needs of dance. It is a membership organisation that works to create a diverse, dynamic and healthy future for dance.
DU Dance NI is a professional dance development company based in Belfast and working across the island of Ireland, the UK and internationally. The aim of the company is to introduce young people to dance and the creative arts. The vision of the company is to facilitate personal and social development, build community connections and foster tolerance and respect. With performance as an integral part of the process, DU Dance provides access to innovative contemporary dance workshops and projects across communities with limited or no provision, challenging traditional views of the relevance and value of dance.
Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre
Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre is a Northern Ireland based company producing and delivering community, educational and professional contemporary dance projects. The company, which operates as a social enterprise, is committed to creating new professional performances while helping to develop creativity through dance via community and education projects.
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company
Echo Echo is a contemporary dance company. Based in a dance studio in Derry, the company delivers an extensive production, touring and education programme.
Eileen is a Belfast-based dancer, teacher and choreographer who works across all sectors of the community. She has trained in Engalnd and New York and specialises in Dance Theatre, Modern Dance Technique and Hip-Hop.
A former international and intercultural social worker from Denmark, Elisabeth worked as a street youth worker in Belfast prior to completing an HND in dance. Through her work, she has gained professional experience of working face to face with groups and individuals of different ages, both in psychosocial and in more creative settings, and considers these interpersonal and active engagement skills among her core professional strengths. She is passionate about facilitating and supporting a space of freedom of expression and creativity.
Elisabeth’s main work focuses on creative movement-to-music workshops and contact improvisation. She has worked with youth groups and groups with special needs, but is keen to work with all groups and individuals to explore dance and movement creativity.
Contact: Elisabeth Higginson
Tel: 07402 511250
Els discovered yoga in 2008 in her hometown of Ghent, and then in 2010 she discovered Morocco and lost her heart to both of them. She was awarded her 200 hours Sivananda Teacher Certificate in Reith, Austria, and spent some time living and teaching yoga in Saidia, near the Algerian border.
Moving to Belfast in 2012, Els has recently recommenced her yoga teaching with a gentle Yogaflow class which explores classical yoga poses and enables participants to find their own journey towards strength, flexibility and relaxation. Extra attention will be given to learning how to reduce stress related issues like neck and lower back pain. Beginners are welcome.
Contact: Els Comeyne
Tel: 07788 269003
Emma graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Dance. She trained in Ballroom and Latin American dance for 10 years and has been a Zumba Instructor since 2010. She completed DDMIX training in 2017 under the instruction of Darcey Bussell and now includes this in some of her classes. She has extensive experience in working with young people both in an educational setting and in the community. Emma established her own business in 2016 teaching children and adults on a weekly basis and choreographing events such as Strictly Come Dancing for charities.
Contact: Emma Lindsay
Tel: 07745 461176
Fitness Northern Ireland has been established since 1952. As a National Governing Body for exercise and fitness, they are recognised by Sport Northern Ireland making us the premier training organisation province wide. Strong links are maintained with EMDP Exercise Movement and Dance and Partnership, Fitness Scotland & Fitness Wales with attendances at Annual Conferences, National Fitness and Dance Festivals and Competitions. “To promote, provide and support an active and healthy lifestyle for all.”
Trained at the London Studio Centre (BA Hons Theatre Dance), Fleur’s life as a professional dancer working across the board in the commercial, corporate and theatrical sectors has informed her career as a choreographer and creative producer. In Northern Ireland, Fleur has produced and choreographed productions at the Grand Opera House, Belfast Waterfront, SSE Arena, Ulster Hall, Theatre At The Mill, Marketplace theatre, The MAC, Cabaret Supperclub and various major hotels. Under the banner of ‘House Of Fleurice’ she works between London and Belfast and so provides a bridge between the these two creative hubs.
Her emphasis is on live work with a strong dance/theatre element. Be it a musical, fashion, or corporate event she has extensive experience in all these areas. Fleur is currently looking to collaborate with film makers and is open to contact from interested parties.
Gary Rowntree trained at Newcastle College and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Gary is interested in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Youth Theatre, Choreography and Youth Theatre, and
works as a choreographer, performer and teacher in Belfast. He also founded Gary Rowntree Dance, which is creating Contemporary work in Belfast.
Gemma is an experienced dance teacher and choreographer who trained in RAD Classical Ballet for many years before taking vocational exams in England; she subsequently qualified as a licensed teacher for the Associated Board of Dance. Gemma is a co-owner of G&L Dance Academy in Dundonald and teaches ballet, tap, modern dance, musical theatre and acrobatic arts.
Gemma is a DDMIX instructor and teaches KS1 and KS2 dance and gymnastics in a number of local primary schools. She teaches examination classes and takes dance, pop star, hen party and first dance classes.
She has choreographed shows for St Dominics, Belvoir players, QUIRE Belfast, New Lyric Operatic Company, Perform Bootcamp, The Music Box and the Belfast School of Performing Arts. She is available as a choreographer for concerts and school plays.
Contact: Gemma Greene
Grand Opera House
Belfast’s Grand Opera House is one of Northern Ireland’s leading performance venues housing a main auditorium, studio theatre, bar, restaurant and conference facilities.
Contact: Helen Hall
Tel: 028 9050 3613
Helen is a performer and facilitator of dance. She enjoys all types of dance projects, but has particular experience of inclusive dance practice, working with people with and without disabilities. She also has an interest in carnival dance and has danced with local samba band Beatndrum for several years. Through her work with the community, she has had the opportunity to work with groups of all ages and needs, from one-off sessions with toddlers to month-long performance projects with adults with learning difficulties. She enjoys creating and sharing dance with others.
High Points Youth Ballet Community Interest Company is established to provide training and performance opportunities for ballet and modern dance students based in Northern Ireland. They teach ballet and all dance forms that can be used in conjunction with it for training and performance purposes.
ICONIC Street Dance
ICONIC Street Dance was established in January 2010 by Michaela McMichael & Emma Gray, with the heart and passion to help local children and young people discover and express themselves through hip hop and popstep dance classes. We teach in the Coleraine area and travel further afield for various projects. We love to provide the children and young people with opportunities to develop their skill in dance and create an environment for them to perform and showcase their talent.
Contact: Michaela McMichael
Jean Hunter is a Laban trained dancer with years of experience in facilitating dance. She has tutored for the Laban Guild and ACNI Ulster Youth Dance, she now assesses the Laban Guild courses. At present she dances and performs with Age on Stage led by Anthea McWilliams.
Tel: 028 9186 1618
Jennifer has been working as one of Northern Ireland’s top freelance choreographers for nine years. A graduate of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she went on to develop a choreographic style that combines contemporary dance technique with musical theatre jazz. Her work is hugely varied ranging from youth dance showcases
and fashion shows to poetical interpretations and large-scale
projects such as the Special Olympics. She has collaborated
with many companies and organisations including Maiden Voyage
Dance Company, the Northern Ireland Education boards and Disney.
Contact: Jennifer Rooney
Address: Greater Belfast
Jill has extensive experience as a performer and teacher in Contemporary Dance.
Contact: Jill McPeak
Tel: 07759 225 947
15 years’ experience at ballroom dance; 4 years’ experience at hip hop; 4 years’ experience at house; 4 years’ experience at locking; 4 years’ experience at jazz; 3 years’ experience at salsa, bachata and kizomba. Experience of choreography, performance, teaching and working with young people.
Contact: Joanna Pusz
Tel: 07871 337417
Joanne is a teacher working in Street Dance and Creative Movement with children from 2-11years old. She studied BAHONS in Performing Arts in the Community in London and Queen’s Belfast, and has been teaching for 8 years. She takes Baby Dance Class, ages 2-3 years, Dizzy Kids, which is a dance/drama/storytelling class for 3-6 years, and a Street dance Class for ages 4-11 years.
Karma School of Dance
Karma School of Dance is a multifaceted cultural initiative in Northern Ireland.
Contact: Karma School of Dance
Tel: 07961 929156
Kathryn has been dancing since 2010 in Oriental and Tribal Fusion Style Belly Dance and holds a Level 2 certificate in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, through Stacey McPartlin (Rachel Brice 8 Elements Certified). She recently completed Deb Rubin’s Dance Therapeutics Level 1 and has taken workshop intensives with Serena and Hossam Ramzy, Ashley Lopez, Sharon Kihara, Karolina Lux, Kelsey Seudmeyer (ATS) and Mardi Love, learning everything from anatomy, drumming and music theory, to theatrical characterisation and exploration.
She is the co-director of Antimony – a Middle Eastern percussive band and a dance troupe. They perform throughout Northern Ireland, making choreography, costume and musical arrangements to bring together the drumming origins of tribal fusion belly dance with a unique mythological aesthetic.
Contact: Kathryn Shaw
Tel: 07709 695237
Kim Mackenzie runs meditation courses in Belfast, teaching positivity, self awareness and learning to seek within. YOU have all the answers!
Contact: Kim Mackenzie
Latin-Salsa- Tony & Carolina Sherwani
Tony (UK) and Carolina (Spain) are Salsa and Latin dance instructors based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Together they have been dancing, teaching, performing, promoting and entertaining since 2008 at numerous dance events in Northern Ireland such as Corporate Events, Weddings, Hen Parties, indoor and outdoor festivals, salsa holidays (Spain). They teach regular Salsa, Bachata, Cha cha and Merengue classes followed by social dancing and Latin Club at The Fly Nightclub every Thursday from 8pm and every Sunday from 7pm at The Botanic Inn Nightclub.They also choreograph First Dances and dance performances. They offer private tuition in their dance studio. Tony is an experienced DJ and is available for booking. Carolina teaches ladies
Salsa Styling classes and she is also a certified Zumba Instructor.
She teaches Zumba Fitness in Belfast every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm
at The Morton Community Centre. You can find them on Facebook
under ‘Latin-Salsa Tony Carolina’ for weekly news, classes and
photographs of their events.
Contact: Lauren Douglas
Tel: 07761 472026
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Texas Women’s University, a heavily improvisation and contact partnering professional school of dance. She has performed and choreographed professionally for over 10 years, including experiences offering improvisation/contact workshops, contemporary dance classes, dance-based fitness, and a range of other technical classes locally and internationally.
Maiden Voyage is a Belfast based dance company working with local, national and international artists and organisations to bring the best of contemporary dance performance and practice to audiences across Northern Ireland and beyond.
Mark has been dancing since 2008, and has attended classes and congresses across the UK, Spain, and Cuba. Having performed in several dance performance groups (Bachata , Rueda & Salsa) at dance events across NI and Ireland, he recently developed his own choreography for his newly formed Salsa Lobos group, which is currently performing around the country. He spent over a year teaching with Salsa Belfast and holds one-off classes for other dance groups, events and dance socials. Currently focusing on the Rueda style, he runs a weekly class in St Judes Hall, Ravenhill Road, Belfast for all comers to the Rueda world.
Contact: Mark McComiskey
Tel: 07710 493 433
Maria J Gomez
Through her organisation Sibila Yoga, Maria runs Hatha yoga courses in the heart of Belfast to help participants connect with their true essence. Sibila Yoga connects soul, mind and spirit through yoga and yoga Nidra.
Mayte Segura is an independent dance teacher and choreographer actively creating and staging her work all around Northern Ireland. She has created RondaDance company with the aim of making dance accesible to all. Classes provided include baby ballet, creative dance, contemporary dance, Hawaiian hula and Mexican dance. Other services are performances for carnivals and private parties and dance-based projects for community groups and arts organisations.
Neilpilates is dedicated to helping everyone access and enjoy Pilates whether it is for the pure enjoyment of performing the Pilates movements correctly at every level, enhancing sporting performance, recovering from injury, being ante or post natal, improving your dancing, enjoying life to the full in senior years or searching for a flat stomach, toned bottom and thighs. No matter what your reason for doing Pilates it is a valid reason. NeilPilates is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Newtownabbey Allstars Cheerleading Squad
Newtownabbey Allstars Cheerleading Squad provides cheerleading classes for children aged 4 and upwards. Allstars Dance Academy offers dance classes for children aged 4 and upwards.
Contact: Sara McNeilly
Tel: 07786 866 869
Piret has experience in teaching and performing Salsa, Argentine Tango, Ballroom dance, Latin dance, Social Dancing, Swing, Jive, West Coast Swing, Lindyhop, Charleston, Milonga and Merengue. Piret teaches private classes in all these styles of dance as well as coaching couples for competitions and offering one on one technique classes. She also choreographs for performances at corporate events and for first dances at weddings. She runs classes for children and senior citizens.
Contact: Piret Annus
Tel: 0790 2026 514
Polercise Ltd teach weekly Pole Fit and Chair Dance classes. They deliver monthly Burlesque workshops as well as holding dance theme parties, e.g. Grease, Dirt Dancing, thriller to name a few. They also provide Pole and Burlesque performers.
‘ponydance’ is an award-winning, five star reviewed, good looking, funny and charming dance theatre company – what’s not to like? Winners of “Best in Show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2012, ponydance are fast becoming an extremely successful and acclaimed company that specialises in fine comedy dance theatre. ‘ponydance’ are based in Ireland and was founded by Leonie McDonagh. Visit the website for touring dates, videos and info.
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
The Belfast branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society organises regular classes and events in the Belfast area. Scottish country dancing is a very sociable form of dance – you don’t need a partner, and all ages and abilities are welcome.
Ryan O Neill
Ryan is trained in contemporary dance. He studied at the University of Ulster and graduated with a first class honours degree. He then went on to gain a MA in Dance Performance from Laban, performing as part of the school’s post graduate company, Transitions. His main interests are choreography, training and performance.
Contact: Ryan O’Neill
Address: Co. Antrim
Tel: 07704 907 738
BA Hons, PGCE, Post-grad LCDS MA Dance & Somatics.
Working primarily in contemporary dance and somatics, Sandy Cuthbert has twenty-two years’ experience in dance education, having run dance classes up to HND level, and ten years’ experience as a professional dancer with the National Dance Company of Wales and her own dance company, In Transit.
She teaches contemporary, jazz, improv and choreography, though her core interest is in release techniques and somatic dance education. She is interested in teaching adults and seniors, and in choreography/performance projects with dancers of all ages.
Contact: Sandy Cuthbert
Scottish Dancing – Colin Barnes
An experienced dance practitioner, Colin qualified as an RSCDS teacher and now works with both complete beginners and experienced dancers. He continues to perform at festivals and events, both individually and as part of the display group, The Lochside Dancers. Colin can advise on recorded music for performances of Scottish dance and provides multimedia editing services for arts focused websites. He recently provided choreography for ceilidh dance scenes in a film.
Contact: Colin Barnes
Tel: 028 9026 5000
Scottish Dancing – Linda Barnes
Linda offers Taster sessions and Social Dance Events (Ceilidhs) to promote an enjoyable “first encounter” or “a welcome return” to Scottish Dancing for adults and children.
Linda holds the Dancing Proficiency Assessment award and Working with Beginners award from the RSCDS in Edinburgh. She has extensive experience in providing workshops at Cross Community Festivals and in schools, ensuring that all ages and abilities can dance together for maximum fun, whatever the event.
Contact: Linda Barnes
Tel: 07837 868 681
Since graduating with a BA Hons in Dance from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in 2008, Sheena Kelly has been based in Belfast as a dancer, choreographer and facilitator, across Northern Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, Norway, Switzerland and South Africa. Working within contemporary dance, contact improvisation and community dance she delivers projects for all ages, abilities and backgrounds working particularly within integrated dance work and youth dance whether it is a one off workshop or a large scale project.
Award-winning Tribal Fusion Belly dance instructor, performer and choreographer. Stacey has been studying and performing internationally for the past seven years and has trained with superstars Zoe Jakes, Suhaila Salimpour, Dusky Palk, Mags McGarrity, Hilde Cannoot, Alexis Southall ,Karolina Lux, Sharon Kihara, Samantha Emmanuel, Ashley Lopez, Kami Liddle, Armitage Shanks and Rachel Brice.
Stacey is the first Level 1 & 2 Certified Bellydancer under Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements in Ireland, Key Of Diamonds (Level 1) DanceCraft by Zoe Jakes and is also a Majorette, Fire Performer, Actor and proud member of La Folie Deshabille, a Neo Burlesque Collective.
In addition, Stacey is a certified Pilates Instructor, Personal Nutritional Advisor and a Sports & Exercise Nutritional Advisor. Currently, Stacey is preparing for Levels 3 & 4 of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements and Level 2 of Zoe Jakes DanceCraft.
Stacey currently offers a range of classes and specialist workshops in Ireland.
Contact: Stacey McPartlin
St Louises College Dance Department
St Louise’s College Dance Department offer Vocational Dance Studies to students from 14- 19 years. BTEC extended certificate in Dance and Dance GCSE is offered as a combined package at Key stage 4 and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Diploma is offered at post sixteen. AS and A’ Level Dance is offered as an enrichment package for students who wish to study dance in higher education or follow a career in dance. The college’s Dance Society offers a platform to dance students as performers and choreographers and has performed extensively over the last twenty years in many major showcases and competitions. Our alumni have studied at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Laban, The Place and a host of Universities programmes. It is the only school in N. Ireland to offer Dance at A’ Level and it prides itself upon the design and delivery of comprehensive range of practical and academic studies which incorporates excellence in Dance Appreciation, Safe Practices, Contemporary / Classical Technique, Performance, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Conditioning and Choreographic studies. The department intends to increase post sixteen vocational delivery in 2014.
Contact: Marie Mannion
Tel: 028 9032 5631
Street Beats Dance Academy
Established by Sarah Reilly, Street Beats are a Hip-Hop dance school passionately committed to building confidence and inspiring young minds through dance and creativity. Classes available in Lurgan, Portadown, Banbridge and Magheralin. Ages range from 5yrs – 20yrs
Contact: Sarah Reilly
Suzannah McCreight is a Belfast-based choreographer and dance artist. She gained a BA and Masters at Laban in London, and has danced with Transitions, Scottish Dance Theatre, Attik, Springs and Maiden Voyage. She has taught on the faculty at Laban, University of Ulster and Belfast Metropolitain College in contemporary technique, choreography, movement analysis and improvisation. Having also worked as a rehearsal director with Bare Bones in Birmingham, Suzannah now concentrates on working as a freelance choreographer and teacher.
Contact: Suzannah McCreight
Tel: 0776 1425 804
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is Belfast’s brand new arts venue. We’ll be selecting, creating and mixing up music, theatre, dance and art – bringing you the very best of local and international talent under one roof. The MAC by numbers: • 2 Theatres (a 350 seater and a 120 seater) • 3 Art Galleries • 1 Rehearsal Space • 1 Dance Studio • 3 Education & Workshop Rooms • 4 Offices for Resident Art Groups • 1 Café & Bar • 1 Artist-in-residence Studio • 1 Permanent Artwork
Theatre at the Mill
Set in the civic square of the imaginatively restored Mossley Mill, the 400 seat state of the art theatre offers a diverse arts and entertainment programme, including ballet and contemporary dance.
Theresa Messenger is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Masters Graduate from Roehampton University who has been involved in individual and group work within health care and educational settings. She has participated in projects focusing on both a therapeutic process involving adults and children and also performance in the context of a bereavement process.
Her current interests are collaborative practice with other therapists, dancers and performance artists to promote the creative processes within dance, performance and also to raise awareness of the intelligence and interaction of the body in day to day living. This would be facilitated through group work, Individual work, and mindfulness
Contact: Theresa Messenger
Vasiliki Stasinaki is a Greek-born, Belfast-based dance and visual artist. She studied at the Greek State School of Dance, the Greek National Ballet School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Vasiliki has worked with a wide variety of companies, such as the Greek National Ballet, Ludus Dance (UK), Pair Dance (UK), Maiden Voyage Dance (NI), Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre (NI), Springs Dance Company (UK) and Liz Roche Dance Company (IR). She has collaborated with choreographers such as Evangelia Kolyra, Filip Van Huffel, Fearghus O’Conchuir, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Enrique Cabrera, Eleesha Dreannan, Philip Connaughton and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta. Vasiliki studied Art and Design at University of the Arts London and is currently studying on the MFA Fine Art at Ulster University.
Contact: Vasiliki Stasinaki
Tel: 07568 164901
Yoga Belfast offer yoga classes and courses, meditation, kirtan, pregnancy yoga, kids yoga, chair yoga, vegetarian cookery evenings and annual yoga holidays in Turkey.
Young At Art
Young at Art run the Belfast Children’s Festival. Established in 1998, its mission is to bring artistic brilliance and adventure to children. Belfast Children’s Festival brings quality Theatre, Dance, Exhibitions and Workshops to Belfast from around the world.
Youth Lyric provides excellence in performing arts training, enriching the lives of our students, whilst promoting self confidence and personal development.
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