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Dance and Movement workshops

this is a list of the workshop / facilitators lined up for Dance and Movement Camp 2016, this list is still a work in progress and possible to change.

Sam Viana - Sacred Clowning
Roisin Ni Gharbhaithh - Ceili
Tony Wrench  + Faith - Circle Dance.  
Dave Rock - Raw Genius
Fatima- Flamenco
Paul - Hat and Mask
Tembre de Carteret - Harmony Singing
Marion Cronin and Becky Riley- Creative Sound and Movement
Liz Gleeson - Open Floor
Anet Moore -   Feldenkrais
Joan Davis - Origins
Bella Hancock - Duende belly dance
Chrys Blanchard - Sasa  ,Gong bath , Sound Healing
Adrienne -  Open Dance
Clair Lalor- Yoga
Jenny Fahy - 5 Rhythms
Angie Pinson - Dances of Universal Peace
Rachel, Keran, Anet - Listening from the Heart
Greeny - Experiential Astrology
Birgit Leitner - Kirtan
Kim   McCafferty -  African Dance
Con Horgan - Hosting song and story night
Brian McGinley /Donal Gannon - Co-operative games / Circus skills/ Laughter yoga  
Donal  Gannon  - N.V.C
Kiaran Ennis - morning meditation
Conor  Graham - yet to be confirmed
Saul  Mosbacher - wood carving
Sinead Harte - rhythm alchemy 


tribal belly danceBellydance with Bella Hancock

"Oriental Duende-Bellydance" - this is an approach to Middle Eastern dance, from the perspective of Danza Duende. creative improvisation and awareness of space,  feminine energy, rigor (technique) and virtue (the intrinsic goodness of ourselves as humans) using bellydance techniques as support. 

Bella Hancock has been bellydancing for 10 years and teaching for 6. She began learning Tribal Bellydance and was a founder member of Akasha Tribal Troupe for 3 years. She has studied traditional folkloric styles from Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and Gypsy dances of the middle east.  She is a long time student of Danza Duende, an international network of teachers and students dedicated to dancing ones life!



5 Rhythms with Jenny Fahy

Movement is life and life is movement. This can be movement of your physical bodies, feet, hips, heads, hands; it can be thoughts moving across your minds or it can be the movement of feelings in and out of your hearts. 

5 rhythms is a physical way for us to ground ourselves in Flowing, centre ourselves in Staccato, release stresses and tensions from our bodies in Chaos, experience lightness of spirit and creative possibilities in Lyrical  and to find the stillness we require to be quiet and free in Stillness. They teach us how to move through our insecurity, self-consciousness, and fear into fascinating, unpredictable, spontaneous, authentic beings. They demand that we be original. So get down and find out what your hands, your shoulders, your elbows, knees and, most importantly, your hips and feet have to say about it.


Authentic Movement with Joan Davis 

The name "Maya Lila" is taken from the Sanskrit words for illusion and play. It explores the illusory nature of our perceptions within the play of life, relationship and nature. Maya Lila combines Body Mind Centering, Developmental Movement Patterns and Authentic Movement to explore its body based approach to therapy, the arts, performance and spiritual practice.. 

Joan Davis has been exploring the nature of creativity most particularly from a body based perspective for over 30 years. She pioneered Contemporary Dance in Ireland in the 70's & 80's and has consistently experimented with collaborative art as a professional artist and therapist.
Joan is a Body mind Centering practitioner, has studied authentic movement with Janet Adler and voice work with Chloe Goodchild and Rajeswar Bhattacharya. She has studied process-oriented psychology (Mindell) and is a Hakomi Sensorimotor trauma Psychotherapist.


circle dance Circle Dance with Tony Wrench and Faith

Circle Dancing draws from an ancient tradition. We dance simple dances from many folk cultures, including Greek, Romanian, Armenian, French and Russian. Some dances are energetic, some gentle. We teach each dance before dancing it. The chief aim is enjoyment, rather than technique, and the experience of moving together as a circle. The music will be live. Click here for a short video clip taken at Unicorn camps England with Tony joined by other musicians and singers. 



West African Dance with Kim Mc Cafferty







Sasa with Chrys Blanchard

Sasa is a highly energetic clapping and movement form, hilarious and challenging at the same time. Based on Polynesian clapping Sasa is great fun to watch as well as to participate in.


adrienneOpen Dance with Adrienne Brown

Little Dance, based on practices of contemporary dance techniques and improvisation, will work towards bodily integration by encompassing gentle stretch, strength and co-ordination exercises, and simple improvisations; addressing each person to their own body towards confidence and power. The aim would be to allow participants, through simple but fun movement games, to start to move freely, and to interact with each other.

Big Dance will be an open evening of personal dance, based on principles that allow people to access movement that is instinctive and authentic in its relationship to the body. It will take the form of a guided movement journey on a theme such as nature/the elements, chakras, or some other transformational material. The purpose would be to allow people to enter a deeper physical/emotional/spiritual connection with themselves through the body.

Adrienne Brown was born in Dublin, began her dance education with ballet classes and later at LONDON CONTEMPORARY DANCE SCHOOL where she studied for three years. She founded NEW BALANCE DANCE COMPANY in 1987, with which she danced and choreographed for extensively. From 1991 - 1998 she attended the MARTHA GRAHAM CENTER OF DANCE in New York. Adrienne is a founding member and current chair of Dance Ireland.

"Play is the new work" -shops with Brian

Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga reminds us that anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on external stimulus or even a sense of humour. Laughter is invoked using games and exercises in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into hearty and contagious laughter.
Laughter truly is the best medicine and in the words of Victor Hugo: "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face"

Circus Skills 
Ever dreamt of running away to join the circus? Well, now is your chance. We'll be teaching Ball and Club Juggling, Poi Swinging, Staff Spinning, Contact Juggling and/or Devil Sticks.

Group Games for (not so) Grown ups
"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play" - Heraclitus.
Playing together in a safe and open space gives us permission to reunite with our inner child, one of careless enjoyment and free spirit. Games of all shapes and sizes gathered from around the world specially to help grown ups grow down.

Feldenkrais MethodThe Feldenkrais Method with Anet Moore

A gentle, precise and graceful approach to movement and expression. This method addresses how we learn through movement giving us a direct experience of our own learning process.

Anet Moore is a qualified practitioner in the Feldenkrais method of Awareness through Movement. "a gifted and experienced facilitator" find feldenkrais method galway on facebook

Dances of Universal Peace with Angie Pinson 

From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together, at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. D.U.P is part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance. 
The Dances use simple music, lyrics, and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcomed to join in. Participation, not presentation, is the focus. The movements and songs include themes of peace (both inner and outer), healing (the Earth, individuals, and the global family), and the celebration of life's great mystery. Dancers focus on peace and harmony creating a sense of solidarity and community while celebrating the underlying unity of all the spiritual traditions of the Earth. 




Dance & Movement Camp - more info: 

Adult Workshop Program
- Dance and Movement Workshops
- Drumming and Singing Workshops
- Healing Arts and Creativity
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