Contemporary Dance

Attuning to Body-Mind As Environment
2020 dates coming soon. 
Fee: €5 per class, €20 for the series
Facilitated by Mairead Vaughan, Dance Artist in Residence
Friday Mornings, 10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Meeting point - Dance Studio Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
"Attuning to Body-Mind As Environment" is a space for collective reflection, interaction and exploration of our relationship with our environment through arts practice. 
These explorations revolve around cultivating an awareness of the body-mind-environment as one living organising intelligence. Indoor studio-based practices that cultivate our sensory, kinaesthetic and energetic awareness will extend into simple outdoor practices of walking, sensing, witnessing, tracking and mapping. We will discuss the work other dance artists in the field of environmental and somatic dance practice to inspire new approaches to art as a tool to highlight our current environmental crises and the need for change. 'Attuning' is a gentle psycho-somatic movement based practice and 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 Dara O Brien

Contemporary Dance Classes
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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