Step Up dance project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
It is an annual, intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for emerging dance artists who have completed their professional training within the last three years. Step Up enhances these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
The project was updated in 2019 and includes the following elements:
- Creation & Performance
- A Repertory Programme
- Personal Development
- Dancers as Entrepreneurs
- Coaching and Personal Development
Every year Step Up culminates in a performance tour around Ireland.