Class Descriptions

Classes for Children

Creative Dance for Ages 3-5

See your little one twirl and skip, beaming with joy, as he/she discovers a world of dance. How many ways can you jump, float, balance, swing, stick together, roll or glide?

Movement questions, challenges, use of imagery, stories and music to spark your child’s imagination and inspire him/her to explore the elements of dance in their many combinations.

Modern Creative Dance for Ages 6-7

See your child smile, as they balance, turn, move without stopping, roll and jump up, exploring the elements of dance. Happy eyes, dancing and inventing moves, inspired by our own world.

Sometimes we start with images, sometimes with props like feathers, welly boots, fabric, leaves – always coupled with movement questions: How does a propeller seed drift to the ground? Can you make this floating light, spiralling, movement with your foot, shoulder, or even nose?

We dance to stories, music, rhythms, sounds and silence. We explore basic modern dance movements in very short combinations, and enjoy the possibilities that arise as we change these and create our own dances in small teams.

We become aware of time, rhythm, tempo, space, direction, size, level.

All the while, we build awareness and control of movement, movement skills, rhythm, musicality, communication, respect and tolerance, courage to create, and self-expression in dance.

Creative & Contemporary Dance for Ages 8+

See your son or daughter beaming with pride, as they progress from exploring elements of dance in all their variety to mastering fundamentals of modern and contemporary dance.

Picture them learning short dynamic combinations, improvising to creative tasks, and finding the courage to include their own dance ideas and develop these into dances with their peers in group tasks.

We learn to share, observe & describe dance.  We melt improvisation, technical exercises and dynamic combinations with our own dance ideas into a dance story and share these in an open class at the end.

In this class we build awareness and control of movement, movement skills, rhythm, musicality, communication, respect and tolerance, the courage to create, and express ourselves in dance.

Contemporary Dance for Teens for Ages 13-16

If you like to advance technically, learn dynamic combinations, bend the rules in improvisations and create your own contemporary dance combinations in small teams.

If you enjoy seeking inspiration from other dance forms, and expressing what moves you in your everyday life – then this is the class for you.

Classes for Parents & Children

Baby Sling Dance

Your tiny one cuddled close to your heart in a sling, wrap or carrier. A time to connect with your baby as you sway and move into a dance. At times soothing, At times awakening the senses.

Gentle, funny, and heart warming moves to music, dancing with and in the company of other parents.

This is a class that stresses baby’s and wearer’s safety with the main aim to share the joy in dancing together.

Babies and their moms and dads, grandparents, and minders are all welcome.

Please note: Moms can join once they’ve passed their post natal checkup (6 and 8/10 weeks for CS) and have their doctor’s clearance.

Parent & Toddler Dance

Discover ways to move together and enjoy a playful approach to the world of dance.

Classes for Adults

Contemporary Dance for Adults (Level 1/2)

Time to start breathing, moving, dancing again!

If you like to attain the basics of contemporary dance, improve technically, get a feeling for flowing from balance to fall, from standing to rolling and coming up with ease, if you would like to learn short dynamic combinations, improvise and work in contact, and gain confidence to change and create your own twist on the material, then this is the class for you.

To me dancing feels like I am alive, flying and free. Find new ways to express yourself and move through space. Learn combinations and technical exercises, find your balance, off-balance, fall and recover, spiral, turn, jump and fly. What is it that moves us in life? Be encouraged to find your own movements, and change and develop a combination to make it your own. Together we improve our awareness, control, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility and creativity. Feel ready for almost anything!

Level 1/2 Beginners / Improvers Level classes are open to men and women of all abilities. All you need is a joy of moving and courage to try out new things!

KDS Floor Barre & Placement L1/2

An intensive way to train your body and correct alignment with a series of floor exercises adapted from ballet barre and Pilates. You’ll use therabands for stretching & strengthening the core, legs, torso and upper body. – this is something I need to do now & thought I’d share with you! This training method developed by Prof. Karen D. Savage (USA/Germany). She teaches Jazz dance in the Musical Performance Degree at the Folkwang University, Germany. Her method combines Floor Barre, Placement, Pilates, Stretch & Strength. I completed her teacher training in 2011.

Dance Lab (Mixed Levels)

A mix of contemporary dance technique, Laban dance tasks and contact imrovisation, and time to devise short pieces.

If you like bending the rules, experimenting with movements, like contact, improvisation and modern/contemporary dance. If you are not afraid to venture into the unknown to create something new – then join my Dance Lab. It’s your chance to play with different ways to create, change and develop movement sequences to a theme and devise a short dance theatre sequence together.  

The last project was called Global Water Dances Cork.

Mixed Level classes are open to men and women of all abilities. All you need is a joy of moving and courage to try out new things!

Morning Contemporary Technique Level 3/Pro

This class is for advanced dance students and professional dancers. A morning class designed to offer a space to train – with teachers on rotation offering a mix of technique exercises and choreography.

Please contact Maria at 0868776230 for details.