Contemporary Dance

Attuing, Photograph by Tomasz MadajczakAttuning:Moving Awareness - a four-week series 

Friday Mornings: Sept 25, Oct 2, 9 & 23, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Fee: €20. Must book and pay for the series.
Facilitated by Mairead Vaughan, Dance Artist in Residence

A movement practice, facilitated through a psycho-somatic enquiry. This four-week series of workshops cultivate sensory, kinaesthetic and energetic awareness. We explore wholeness in motion, space(iousness) and dynamic stillness.

‘Attuning’ is a psycho-somatic dance practice, informed by Release Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, Iyengar Yoga and Somatic Practices. 'Attuning' cultivates sensory, kinaesthetic and energetic awareness. Through a process of ‘tuning in’ we listen to 3 qualities of space: ‘Inner Body-Mind Space’, ‘Outer Environmental Space’ and an underlying ‘Third Space’. Through deepening our capacity to fully inhabit our body-mind, we build upon an inclusive awareness of space.
‘Attuning’ is the result of Mairead’s four-year Arts Practice PhD research into the symbiotic relationship between the body-mind and environment.
Mairéad Vaughan (, dance artist, choreographer, researcher and facilitator, graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) with a BA in Performing Arts, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL, with an MA and an Arts Practice PhD in Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Practice. As artistic director of Shakram Dance Company (1999 – 2014), Mairéad created a body of fifteen original choreographic works, all supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, which toured nationally and internationally. Her work spans live theatre performance, music and dance collaboration, site-specific dance, experimental film, screendance and live performance installation.

Image by Tomasz Madajczak

Facilitated by Tara Brandel

Max 10 participants
Fee: €10 for Alan Foley Academy of Dance Students, €15 otherwise
A gentle safe fun workshop teaching the fundamentals of aerial dance on a very low-flying tilting pole. There will be time in the workshop both to learn skills and to improvise and creatively explore. No previous aerial experience is needed.
Tara Brandel is a contemporary dancer and aerial dancer who trained in aerial dance in San Francisco. She was once seen hanging off Ballydehob's 12 Arch Bridge, and having tried out a pole class on her 50th birthday, her new love is dancing with a pole!

2020 Dates TBC 
Booking essential on 02822090 or

This class combines Release – Based Contemporary Dance technique, Energy-based Yoga and Improvisation. We focus on the relationship between movement and space through a series of sequences that cultivate our sensory, kinaesthetic and energetic awareness. Movement principles of alignment, breath, weight, gravity, momentum and energy are explored to release tension and move with ease, efficiency and fluidity. Experiential anatomical information, somatic imagery and energetic pathways assist in the integration of the movement principles, to enhance freedom and flow in movement and creative expression. 


Inclusive Dance
2020 Dates TBC
Thursdays, 10.45 am to 12 noon
Fee: €5 per session.

Open to everybody from age 12 and up. People of all physicality’s and abilities, no experience is needed.
Facilitated by Patricia O’Sullivan.

Inclusive Dance is a weekly, facilitated workshop for people of all abilities to explore and enjoy dance. During the sessions, participants explore improvisation, movement, personal expression and choreography.
Patricia describes the process of inclusive dance as, 'a meeting of bodies in a conscious and sensitive way...if done consciously and sensitively with oneself or another, it has the potential to shift awareness, perspectives, priorities, emotions and much more.'
Developed through the partnership of COPE Foundation, Co-Action, Croí Glan Integrated Dance and West Cork Art Centre, Inclusive Dance is for people of all physicalities and abilities, and no experience is needed. 

Patricia began her training in Inclusive Dance with Croi Glan in 2015, having been a core member of West Cork Inclusive Dance (WCID) since 2012. She has performed with WCID in "Bridge" 2014, "Space" 2015, and co-choreographed "Wave" 2016. She has been a Contact Improvisation (CI) practitioner since 2007 and currently teaches and researches in CI with Tara Brandel. She also facilitates an ongoing movement improvisation class at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob, She was a movement collaborator in the "Into The Light" research with Tomasz Madajczak and The Happiness Ensemble (exploring aspects of suicide) which culminated in a multimedia performance at the launch of 'Lighting The Way West Cork'. Patricia originally trained in Okido Yoga and her journey through being a yoga practitioner has led her to her current focus on authenticity in movement.           


Image: Inclusive Dance Performing Wave on Bantry Square, Photograph by Eileen O'Leary
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