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Accessible Dance: Inclusive Dance Cork 2024 Call Out

Posted: 9 January, 2024

Inclusive Dance Cork (IDC) is a training programme open to dance and movement practitioners interested in learning inclusive dance methods.

Taking place monthly from January through May 2024, IDC is geared towards enthusiastic dancers with and without disabilities including dance practitioners, teachers, and professional artists. The programme was initially conceived by Yvonne Coughlan, chairperson of Dance Cork Firkin Crane, and other partners including Suisha Inclusive Arts – Cope Foundation. Inclusive Dance Cork’s current partners are University College Cork, Cork Education and Training Board, Suisha Inclusive Arts – Cope Foundation, the Community Foundation for Ireland, and Dance Cork Firkin Crane.

There are two overall modules. ‘Introduction to Inclusive Dance: Steps Toward Choreography’ and ‘Introduction to Inclusive Dance: Improvisation as a Method for Inclusion’, which will run concurrently throughout the year of the programme. Sessions are led by IDC Artistic Director Rhona Coughlan and expert tutors in the fields of dance, disabilities and facilitation. Training covered in the programme includes an introduction to inclusive dance, guidelines and best practice around working with people with disabilities and skills in facilitation, improvisation, choreography, collaboration, and creation.

IDC runs over five 2 day blocks, one 5 day intensive, and one 4 day intensive from January to May 2024, taking place at Dance Cork Firkin Crane.

Week 1 Sunday 4 and Monday 5 February, 10am to 6pm
Week 2 Sunday 18 and Monday 19 February, 10am to 6pm
Week 3 Sunday 10 and Monday 11 March, 10am to 6pm
Week 4 Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March, 10am to 5pm
Week 5 Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April, 10am to 6pm
Week 6 Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May, 10am to 6pm
Week 7 Sunday 19 and Monday 20 May, 10am to 6pm
Week 8 Tuesday 21 May and Wednesday 22 May, 10am to 6pm

Applications for the course open in early January and are accepted on a rolling basis until the programme begins on the 4 February. The first round of interviews will be held between the 17 to 19 January.

If you are interested in joining IDC or would like further information about the course, please visit dancecorkfirkincrane.ie or email IDC Project Coordinator Kaylie Streit at kaylie@firkincrane.ie


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