Step Up Dance project’s show premieres in Limerick

Nora Rodriguez, who is based in Limerick and originally from Mexico, preparing for the premiere of the Step Up Dance project in the University of Limerick
STEP-UP Dance Project, now in its third year, will premiere two works performed by six of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance graduates in Limerick, Cork and Dublin this August.

STEP-UP Dance Project, now in its third year, will premiere two works performed by six of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance graduates in Limerick, Cork and Dublin this August.

The works are two contemporary dance pieces entitled Body Mosaic, choreographed by John Scott and A Reworking of Blue, choreographed by Marguerite Donlon.

Premiering in Limerick, the show will take place on Thursday, August 22 at 7.30pm in The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick.

The six dancers performing will have just completed an intensive eight-week programme of classes, training and rehearsals as part of the Step-Up: Dance Project at the state of the art facilities in UL.

They are Talia Hinajosa (Limerick, originally Mexico), Nora Rodriguez (Limerick, originally Mexico), Catherine O’Reilly (Dublin), Sarah Ryan (Dublin), Stephanie DuFresne (Galway) and Dagmara Jerzak (Dublin, originally Poland).

The dancers have been working under the direction of the two guest choreographers Marguerite Donlon and John Scott to create the two pieces. Scott is artistic director and choreographer with Dublin based company, Irish Modern Dance Theatre.

Donlon has been director of the Ballet of the Saarländisches Staatstheater, also known as Donlon Dance Theatre, since 2001. Originally from Longford, she is firmly established on the international dance scene and was awarded the Order of Merit of the Saarland State in 2007.