Established in 2007 as part of CoisCéim BROADREACH, Creative Steps is a dance theatre group for young people aged 15-25. Based at CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s studio in Dublin City Centre and coordinated by Broadreach Director Philippa Donnellan, it offers young people the opportunity to collaborate, devise and perform dance theatre for the stage and the screen and work with guest choreographers, teachers, and professional artists in different mediums.
Central to the ethos of Creative Steps is to facilitate and enable young people to work inventively and imaginatively together – to take creative risks and explore the unknown – and to challenge themselves and others in the creation of original, high quality dance theatre.
Creative Steps participants have produced a number of short dance films and theatre productions, and have performed both locally and nationally at festivals including: Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Longford Dance Festival, NOISEmoves Youth Dance Festival, Irish Youth Dance Festival and Culture Night. In 2014 members worked with Philippa Donnellan to create and perform Army Ants as part of CURTAIN RAISERS for CoisCéim Dance Theatre production of Agnes at Project Arts Centre.
The annual programme runs from end September to the following June/July. The number, type, and duration of projects which make up the programme vary each year according to opportunities which arise. All members of Creative Steps can choose which project they would like to participate in during the year.
All sessions run on Mondays from 6.00-9.00pm at CoisCéim Dance Theatre, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1. Sessions include Contemporary Dance technique class, choreographic/creative work and rehearsals. Additional rehearsals take place at weekends closer to the time of performances or during projects which run on a more intensive basis.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of one year’s training in dance or physical theatre technique – plus a passion for dance, a desire to learn new dance skills, an interest in choreography and performance – and a commitment to the group.
1. Contact Philippa Donnellan via email with an expression of interest and state why you would like to join Creative Steps. Please give your name, age and contact details including mobile. Philippa will respond to your email and any queries you might have. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01 878 0558
2. Come and try a free taster class as your audition for Creative Steps. This class is to assess suitability of all potential members. It generally runs at the start of each project as part of the regular Monday sessions from 6.00–9.00pm at our studio on 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1.
3. Final decision about joining Creative Steps rests with Broadreach Director and CS Coordinator Philippa Donnellan. As a member you are expected to attend all sessions and relevant performances.
4. Pay membership fee and project fee.
Take Contemporary Dance classes at CoisCéim throughout the year for the student price of €10 per class!
Discounted tickets for CoisCéim Dance Theatre productions
Dance training and career advice from CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s professional dance team.
Fees vary per project.
Audition/Taster class is free of charge.
All fees are payable in advance and are non-refundable following the audition/taster class.