Irish World Academy of Music and Dance are currently accepting applications for the 2020/2021 intake of students (starting September 2020) for the MA Contemporary Dance Performance and are seeking students who are strong performers with an interest in expanding their critical and studio based knowledge in performance and creative practice.

Where: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland

When: Ongoing applications up until mid-August for September 2020 intake

Deadline for applications: 16th August 2020 (earlier application advised due to limited places)

The MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, is an intensive one-year full-time programme that offers advanced tuition in contemporary and post-modern dance. Students engage as dancers in devising ensemble choreographic works under the direction of Irish and international guest choreographers and create their own solo choreographies. They learn to work with media technologies for performing arts and study choreography-for-camera which supports them in documenting practice and finding new outlets for their creative work. Additionally, students participate in mentored interdisciplinary projects, including collaborations with other students from Lighting Design, Arts and Technology and Music Composition and can explore other dance genres such as Aerial Dance and Irish Traditional Dance. Furthermore, the programme introduces students to creative practice research methods to build critical awareness of their own unique approach to creating and performing dance and to contextualise this within both a wider professional dance and academic framework.

How to apply:
Step 1
Fill out your application online. You will find the application form at

Step 2
Send via email Vimeo/YouTube links of your work to the Course Director at
Links should include all or some of the below:
Footage that shows your ability as a dancer, preferably Contemporary Dance but other styles are accepted. Footage may be as a solo dancer and/or in ensemble work. (Please highlight your role in the ensemble by your clothing or the exact time of your participation and/or your position in space).
Samples of your choreographic work e.g. Dance film work, works-in-progress showings, theatre productions.
Links should be as recent as possible. Please send 3-4 links maximum.

Step 3
Based on your application you may be required for an interview/audition at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance or via Skype. You will be notified of the date, time and venue by the Course Director. Your application will then be processed.

IMPORTANT: If you intend to apply for a Stepping Stones Scholarship, you must have your application for the course accepted before the deadline of 12th March 2020.

Costs for participants: An application fee of €35 (online) or €40 Cheque/Bank Draft will apply

Contact details:
Please contact Course Director Dr Jenny Roche on for any initial enquiries.

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