This was an exciting summer as LYDE had the honor to be part of the Paris Dance Project (FR) in late July.
Now we're feeling honored to be part of the Laois Culture Night 2016 (please check out link bellow).
It will be a busy start after our summer holidays, but we're so glad to have those opportunities!
Please share the message about our FREE trial workshop on September 10th. All young people passionate about dancing should consider this opportunity.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Firstly, I want to thank all those who supported our FUNDit campaign. We were so encouraged by your generosity.
As we didn’t achieve our target in the campaign, we were unable to receive any of the funding offered to us. Therefore, we have created a pay pal account where you can make your donations at any time you wish. To make a donation you will have to click on ‘LYDE Donations’ button in this webpage (at the right side on your screen).
Who we are:
Laois Youth Dance Ensemble is a contemporary dance group from County Laois, Ireland, providing for young people (aged 12-19) from all cultures and backgrounds the opportunity to experience dance in a context that values the individual. The ensemble gives young people a unique voice, facilitating dance training and comprehensive artistic education that fosters excellence in technical performance and freedom of artistic creation.
Since LYDE was founded in 2013, Dunamaise Arts Centre has supported the ensemble with investment in kind. Laois Arts Office has also been supporting us through Arts Act grant Scheme (maximum awarded: €350). Unfortunately, all our Arts Council applications up to date has been unsuccessful.
With all costs that a dance company needs to cover their basic needs, we understand that is necessary to look for support outside our main cultural bodies. Therefore, we’re asking your help to strength our work.
For 2015-2016 project (‘Identity’) we’re investigating what is deep within us, finding also what is superficial so we can relate to our influences and personal experiences. Identity will also be our new dance piece and dance film. It shall express who we are and facilitate new discoveries which will lead us to new ways of movement and approaches.
I thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness.
Laois Youth Dance Ensemble artistic director
Monday, September 14, 2015
A dance ensemble can have endless expenses before paying its artistic director: Rehearsal space, administration costs, costumes, travel… etc. If you believe these expenses are not necessary, I hope you consider that an artistic director should be paid. As mentioned above, a professional artist is a worker. We might not follow the 9am to 5pm shift, but we might get our brains and entire body working as hard as any other professional. Maybe for you, it’s all about fun and yes, it’s fun too, but it’s also tiring and challenging.
I use to be an office clerk and can say that not all my days in the office were tiring and challenging. But as a dance teacher, choreographer and director I constantly feel challenged and tired after a day of work. Wondering why? As dance teacher, I have to: Act as a mentor; provide a safe environment for my students (physical, emotional, and psychological); offer challenges that will raise them to the next level, making everyone included (regardless of ability level); provide appropriate discipline and deliver the best possible age-appropriate skills (content and materials: including movement, terminology, music, choreography, technique, and historical influences).
Not mentioning that as a choreographer I need to research, to have perseverance, to work calmly and effectively under pressure, to solve problems creatively, to have strong organisational skills and knowledge of the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures.
If this doesn’t sound hard enough for you, there’s the artistic director role as well, which requires me to have a college degree, experience as a dancer, to develop and implement dance programs, to oversee the production of a dance performance, to arrange advanced classes and to develop / oversee budgets.
I love my work, and I seriously do, but I need to clarify here that with financial pressure, you will rarely see good fruits from a dance company/ensemble. Also, it’s important to mention again that an ensemble is connected to its artistic director as the unborn baby is to its mother. If there’s not enough support to one of them, they’ll rarely survive.
Unfortunately, funding not always comes from the major cultural bodies, but it also doesn’t mean other people shouldn’t fund it too. Dance and arts in general are valuable sources to our society. It’s not all about having fun it’s about developing valuable skills for any career. It’s an avenue to be challenged, to develop lifelong skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration and creativity.
If you don’t find it is a good reason for you to start sponsoring your local artists, do at least for the fun side of it. Because fun develops fulfillment and fulfillment usually develops success and successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place, not just take from it.
PLEASE SUPPORT Laois Youth Dance Ensemble on FUNDit campaign: