Dublin City Council

In partnership with Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland, Project Arts Centre, Dance Limerick, Irish Arts Center, New York, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

DANCER from the DANCE: Workshops and Dance Classes
In partnership with Dance Ireland
Cheryl Therrien 

Monday 29 June, Wednesday 1 July, Friday 3 July 10am IST / 11am CET / 5am EST

Live Zoom Cunningham Technique Masterclass - Open to professional level dancers and advanced level participants.

Cheryl Therrien’s Zoom classes are approximately 90 minutes in length. She begins with a Cunningham-based warm-up consisting of multiple exercises for the torso, followed by a comprehensive warmup for the feet and legs.The class continues with “center” exercises incorporating phrases from the Cunningham repertory.


Cheryl Therrien teaches at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. She danced with The Merce Cunningham company for 10 years, from 1993-2003.

Upon leaving the company she began performing with Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Cheryl teaches master classes and workshops in the USA and Europe, including New York University, Stanford University, CND (Paris and Lyon), Ballet Preljocaj, Le Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon, DCA- Philippe Decouflé and Random Dance Company. She has been particularly busy this past year, participating in numerous stagings, master classes and workshops in celebration of Merce Cunningham’s Centennial; Most notably as an associate stager for “Night of 100 Solos” (London) and as principle stager for “CunninghamX100” an Event for more than 100 of her students from the Conservatoire in Paris.


Liam Scanlon

Monday 29 June, 3pm IST / 4PM CET / 10am EST

Live Zoom Sean-nós Workshop  - Open to all, no previous dance experience necessary.

Join, 'An Introduction to Sean Nós Dance for Adults’, workshop where we will explore some of the basic rhythm patterns and percussive movement of this style, before playing with these building blocks to create our own responses to music. Sean Nós (an old style/custom/tradition) is a solo improvised form of vernacular dance, where the dancer expresses their individual response to a musical stimulus through their own or cultural percussive vocabulary. 
No prior percussive dance experience is necessary, just an open mind! 

Liam Scanlon began dancing at the age of five with competitive Irish dancing, but also grew up with set dancing within both competitive and social contexts. Liam took up sean nós dancing at the age of 16, and went on to excel in his chosen dance form. He succeeded in winning Corn TG4 in the senior sean nós dancing.


Ashley Chen

Tuesday 30 June & Thursday 2 July, 10am IST / 11am CET / 5am EST

Live Zoom Contemporary  class - Open to professional level dancers and advanced level participants.

The class starts on the floor, isolating the different joints to create corporal awareness and slowly stimulating the spine. We will gradually bring the body to a standing position, experiment Cunningham’s back exercises and explore the mobility of the spine. Once the body is warmed up, we will explore mechanical movements through improvisational tasks.

Ashley Chen has trained at the CNSMD in Paris. After one project with Thomas Duchâtelet, he joins the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New-York in 2000. He moves back Europe, after four years to integrate the Lyon Opera Ballet where he performs works by William Forsyth, Trisha Brown, Philippe Decouflé, Christian Rizzo, Mathilde Monnier. In 2006, Ashley Chen decides to become a free-lance dancer and works with different choreographers throughout Europe, such as John Scott and Liz Roche, Michael Clark, Michele Ann de Mey, Philipe Decouflé and Boris Charmatz, he also works with Robert Swinston as performer and assistant on works by Cunningham. In 2012 he established Compagnie Kashyl based in Normandy (France). He has a strong desire to investigate his individual creative process leading to significant and unconventional works. He has since created Habits/Habits (2012), Whack!! (2015, in collaboration with Philip Connaughton), Chance, Space & Time (2016), Unisson (2018) and Rush (2019). He is currently working on a group piece for 10 performers, Distances (January 2021).


Peggy Gould

Tuesday 30 June, 5pm IST/ 6pm CET /12pm EST

Live Zoom Dynamic Trunk Stabilization/Mobilization Warm Up Workshop - Open to professional level dancers and advanced level participants

In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn a short series of concise movement sequences based on functional anatomy principles and emphasizing coordinated strength and endurance of lower trunk muscles.  We will utilize a “before and after” approach to observing the effects of these activities on movement currently in each participant’s dancing life, in order to optimize performance of both improvised and choreographed material.


Peggy Gould is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, collaborator, movement educator and sometime writer.  Peggy has danced with Patricia Hoffbauer, Tiffany Osedra Miller, Cathy Weis, Sara Rudner including collaborations with John Scott and the Irish Modern Dance Company, Joyce S. Lim, Bryan Fox, and hopes to return to work on the postponed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co. project, “Deep Blue Sea.”  Peggy has created eleven interdisciplinary works, most recently "Hypnagogia" (2018) presented by Dixon Place, NYC.  Peggy teaches in the Dance Program at Sarah Lawrence College, and serves as assistant to mentor in functional anatomy Irene Dowd.  As a Fulbright Specialist, Peggy worked with dancers and educators in Ecuador (summer 2019). 


Faye Driscoll

Wednesday 1 July, 5pm IST/ 6pm CET / 12pm EST
Live Zoom "Let's Exercise Our Humanity"  Workshop - Open to all.

How do we exercise our humanity while stuck in our own weird self-stew captive in our houses?  I offer some of the ecstatic, affected, self-soothing, self-regulating, energy moving practices I have been doing. We will shake, stomp, buckle, wail, wake-up our faces, tongues and voices. We will workout our touch tendrils, pump up our tacit transmissions, and toss around our self-other longings.  We will move, sweat, and practice self-touch.

Born in Venice Beach, California Faye Driscoll is a NYC based Bessie Award-winning performance maker who has been hailed as a “startlingly original talent” (Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times) and “a postmillenium postmodern wild woman” (Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice). 

Her work has been presented nationally at Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, MCA Chicago and BAM/Brooklyn Academy of Music, and internationally at La Biennale di Venezia, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Melbourne Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens and Centro de Arte Experimental in Buenos Aires. Her most recent performance, Space, was the final live work in her Thank You for Coming trilogy. Space is a moving requiem on art, the body, loss and human connectivity, and was celebrated as “an exhilaratingly personal culmination of the series” (Miram Felton-Dansky, Artforum). 

Her first-ever solo museum exhibition, Come On In, opened at Walker Art Center in February offering gallery-goers an experience of six distinct audio-guided experiences called Guided Choreographies for the Living and The Dead.  Following covid-19 related closures, an online adaptation has been made available at walkerart.org.  When she isn’t making performance worlds of sensorial complexity in which viewers feel their own culpability as co-creators, she is choreographing for plays and films, including the Broadway production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, and Josephine Decker’s award-winning feature film Madeline’s Madeline. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a winner of the Jacob’s Pillow Artist Award. 


Gesel Mason

Thursday 2 July, 3pm IST / 4pm CET / 10am EST
Live Zoom Contemporary  class - Open to professional level dancers and advanced level participants.


Gesel will lead a dance workshop using movement and text to examine identity. She will teach excerpts of her solo “No Less Black” and offer a peek into the process of creating the solo.  

Gesel is Artistic Director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects and Associate Professor of Dance at University of Texas at Austin. She was in the companies of Liz Lerman and Ralph Lemon. Her solo project, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers features the work of Kyle Abraham, Rennie Harris, Donald McKayle, and Bebe Miller among others. www.geselmason.com


Rachel Sheil

Friday 3 July, 5pm IST/ 6pm CET / 12pm EST
Live Zoom Hip Hop Workshop - For young dancers


This youth dance class will begin with greetings and a fun Hip-Hop based warm-up with light stretching. We will learn choreography to an energetic upbeat song and focus mainly on relaxing and enjoying the body. Footwork and Hip-Hop techniques will be shared to improve coordination and agility. This class will focus on letting go of the need to be perfect, and changing that focus to embracing the joy one can get from dance.

Rachel has been teaching, performing and choreographing in Limerick and Ireland since 2010. She has a BA and MA in Contemporary Dance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance as well as an ADPA in Street Dance teaching. Most recently, Rachel became the Associate Artist for Dance Limerick and Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Dance Company. LYDC have already performed in Laois, Dublin, Belfast and Limerick. Her passion for dance is shown through a variety of mediums - she has her own YouTube channel where she showcases her work and also breaks down different choreographies. Rachel is most passionate about using dance as a vehicle for joy, self-confidence and freedom. She wants to share this with dancers and dance enthusiasts everywhere!


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