Irish World Academy of Music and Dance are currently accepting applications for the 2019/2020 intake of students (starting September 2019) for the MA Contemporary Dance Performance and are seeking students who are strong performers with an interest in expanding their critical and studio based knowledges 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 2019 intake

16th August 2019 (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 have the opportunity to engage as dancers in devising ensemble choreographic works under the direction of Irish and international guest choreographers and to create and perform their own solo choreographies. Furthermore, they engage with media technologies for performing arts and study choreography-for-camera which supports them in documenting and reflecting on personal processes of making and in finding new outlets for their creative work. The programme introduces students to creative practice research methods to support them develop a 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.

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 maybe as a solo dancer and/or in an ensemble work. (Please highlight your role in the ensemble by your clothing or 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.

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

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

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