What we've been up to!
Inclusive Dance Cork continues in January 2023 with an enthusiastic and dedicated group of students. It has been a joy to experience the openness and engagement in the room, with sessions led by Artistic Director Rhona Coughlan and Guest Facilitators; Mary Hartney, Linda Fearon, Cindy Cummings and Adam Benjamin to date.
Inclusive Dance Cork is a pilot training programme that began in September 2022, open to individuals interested in learning inclusive dance methods. The programme was conceived out of an absence of formal inclusive dance training in the country. Inclusive Dance Cork is the only accredited programme of its kind in the south of Ireland.
The current group of 22 participants come from a diverse range of backgrounds with professional dance artists, teachers, and movement practitioners, and includes people with and without disabilities. ‘I felt seen and heard, as a disabled person and as a dancer.’ IDC student, October 2022
Read more Inclusive Dance Cork student feedback here.
The programme was initially conceived by Croí Glan and Dance Cork Firkin Crane with support from partners Suisha Arts: Cope Foundation, Cork ETB, and University College Cork. The first year od Inclusive Dance Cork was very generously funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland through a donation by an anonymous donor.
If you would like to support this valuable and unique training programme, and help sustain the future of Inclusive Dance Cork, or if you would like to find out more about IDC, please email Programme Coordinator Emer Casey on emer[at]firkincrane.ie.