Taught course

Dance Performance (Irish Traditional/Contemporary Dance)

University of Limerick · Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Entry requirements

Primary degree with first or second-class honours or an approved equivalent qualification. An equivalent capability based on prior professional experience. An interview will be required in all classes as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Arts in Irish Traditional Dance Performance is a one-year *, full-time, taught postgraduate programme. It is unique in that it is the only programme of its type at any university in the world. The programme provides advanced training in Irish traditional dance performance practices within a variety of historical, theoretical and dance performance contexts. Through engagement with master tutors and lecturers, students explore aspects of repertoire, style, and choreography for a reflexive, critically aware, and embodied understanding of Irish dance performance practices. In addition, students examine contemporary dance choreographic techniques within the context of western theatrical dance; and body awareness studies.

Through its elective system, the programme facilitates dialogue with other MA programmes at the academy, including the MA in Ethnochoreology, the MA in Ethnomusicology, the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, the MA in Irish Tradiitonal Music Performance. In addition students on the MA in Irish traditional dance performance programme are offered the opportunity to learn dance research methods and techniques to develop their critical awareness and appreciation of dance studies in general. In addition, Labanotation, the universal movement documentation tool is included within the study of dance methods.

The course is a one year *, full-time, taught programme. It consists of six three- credit modules (4 core modules and 2 elective modules) of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals; these are divided equally between two fifteen-week semesters.

The core modules address theoretical and practical aspects within the field of Irish and western dance performance studies.

Programme Content- Irish Traditional Dance Performance.
Semester 1- Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance, Dance Practicum 1, Elective Module.
Semester 2- Repertoire and Style in Irish Traditional Dance Performance 2; Dance Practicum 2, Elective module Final Presentation.
Programme Outline - Contemporary Dance Performance.
Semester 1- Dance Skills in Performance 1, Practicum: Dance Performance.
Repertoire 1, Elective module.
Semester 2- Dance Skills in Performance 2, Practicum: Dance Performance, Repertoire 2, Elective module, Final Presentation.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the Universities English Language Requirements. Please visit http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/non-european-applicants for the list of requirements

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Jenny Roche
+353 (0)61 213464
+353 (0)61 202589