Get Moving This May With Dublin Dance Festival

Posted May 10, 2021 in Festival Features

Dublin Dance Festival’s Summer 2021 Edition has just kicked off with an exciting selection of interactive and participatory events for all ages and abilities.

Take part in workshops and master classes with Festival artists, get the whole family involved with fun and interactive events, and join an exciting online club experience for adults with intellectual disabilities.

No matter your age or dance experience, there’s something to get everybody moving.


The Dawn Shake by Laura Murphy
Sat 22 May, 7am

For all you early risers, this is the place to shake up and connect before the day begins. Move, groove and flow with The Dawn Shake in the comfort of your own home. Featuring a selected soundtrack, you will be guided on a journey that starts with a gentle sway, builds to a good old-fashioned boogie and brings you back down with a soft landing.


Grass Films Family Workshops by Second Hand Dance
Sat 29 May, 10am & 2pm

Join Second Hand Dance for a fun dance workshop exploring nature inspired by the Grass Films. It’s time to wiggle your toes, get moving and play with this fun, interactive workshop. With Keir from Second Hand Dance you’ll learn some of the moves from Sunny Days and Insect Hands, and create your own dance!

Make sure to watch the Grass Films in advance to see what it’s all about!

The Sofa Dance Mimbre © Joana Dias

The Sofa Dance Family Workshops by Mimbre
Sun 30 May, 10am & 2pm

Join Mimbre’s acrobats for a family movement session, using each other for support and your sofa as a crashmat to explore some fun movement and adventurous shapes!

Suitable for all ages and levels, the session will turn slouching on the sofa into an art form. You’ll find your own moves and grooves, throw some acrobatic shapes with the help of the armrests and have a collective Zoom dance session with other sofa slouchers!

Before coming to the workshop, watch The Sofa Dance – a short film created by 30 acrobats stuck on their sofas in the first lockdown last spring.


Bounce – Live Stream
Fri 28 May, 2pm

Created by That’s Life, the award-winning arts programme at the Brothers of Charity Services Galway, Bounce is a club experience for adults with intellectual disabilities and their friends. Following the success of Bounce Club Night at DDF2019, Dublin Dance Festival is delighted to host a special online edition: Bounce – Live Stream.

Bounce DJs and VJs will get you grooving to a wide range of music, from pop and rock to R&B and timeless classics. Get ready to party and join us on Zoom for a boogie!

Bounce – Live Stream is presented with the support of the ESB Energy for Generations Fund and Northern Trust.

Bounce Club Night – That’s Life © amwvisual


Workshop + Interview with Carolyn Carlson
Available Sun 23 May – Thurs 3 June (suitable for professional dancers and advanced dance students)

Choreographer and poet, Carolyn Carlson’s philosophy is based on improvisation, choreographic composition and a concept of the dancing body according to four principles: time, space, form and continuity of movement. In this master class and interview session, specially pre-recorded for DDF, participants will gain insight into Carlson’s choreographic process and technique.

Farmer Train Swirl – Étude – Workshop with Cassiel Gaube
Sat 29 May, 4pm (suitable for individuals with some previous dance experience)

Belgian choreographer Cassiel Gaube presents a workshop based on his work Farmer Train Swirl – Étude. The work draws on House dance, a style born in the clubs of Chicago and New York in the early eighties but leaves room for the unexpected and for new dance styles to emerge.

Ioannis Mandafounis © Nick Krummenacher

A Choreographic Methodology by Ioannis Mandafounis
Sun 30 May, 11am (suitable for professional dancers and advanced dance students)

Ioannis Mandafounis takes inspiration from his solo created with Lyon Opera Ballet dancer Yan Leiva for this workshop that explores the idea of instant composition and live choreography. Participants will delve into how we behave when we are on stage, when we are performing or when we’re exposed to the audience.

Modes of Capture Symposium 2021
Fri 21 – Sun 23 May

A 3-day online symposium for dance artists, collaborators and arts professionals exploring themes of decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment in dancemaking within current modes of dancemaking and documentation.

Space for all participatory events is limited, so visit for more information and to book tickets.

Join the conversation online:

f/ DublinDanceFestival
t/ @DublinDanceFest
I/ @dublindancefestival


The key to the city. Straight to your inbox. Sign up for our newsletter.