Creative Steps


CREATIVE STEPS meets every Monday from 6 – 9pm at CoisCéim studio, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1.  


upcoming performances


Saturday 8 April | axis, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Time:   8pm

The LAB | 1 Foley St Dublin 1 D01 WA07 Foley Street | View Map

Sunday 30 April | Civic Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Time: 8pm 
NOISE Moves is a youth dance festival held annually in April at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Initiated in 2010, NOISE Moves offers a professional venue and resources to local and regional dance groups to connect the youth dance community. NOISE Moves is part of NOISE Dublin, South Dublin County Council’s Youth Arts programme.


About Creative Steps

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:      Tel: 01 878 0558

2. Come and try a free taster class as your audition for Creative Steps. This class is led by Philippa to assess suitability of all potential members. It runs as part of our 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. If you are successful you will be expected to attend the following session, and be available for all sessions and relevant performances.  *Note if you are not successful, this does not exclude you from auditioning at a later date.

4. Pay membership fee and project fee.

Take Contemporary Dance classes at CoisCéim throughout the year for the reduced price of €5 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.



Army Ants 2014

ARMY ANTS was inspired by renowned actress Agnes Bernelle, and the cabaret/theatre world of 1930’s Berlin into which she was born. Set to music by Tom Waits ARMY ANTS combines Jazz, Contemporary Dance and physical theatre. The ...more

Dance on Film Project 2013

In Spring 2013 Creative Steps took part in their third dance film project. Working with film mentor Peter Kelly, the group produced four unique dance films: Run Alice Run, Sugar, All the Kings Men, and ...more

The Beat Project 2013

Directed by choreographer Philippa Donnellan and Big Bang Festival's Brian Fleming, The Beat Project was a large scale initiative open to people aged 8 to 80+ with an interest in dance, music and performance. Beginning ...more

Signature 2012

This lively and quirky piece choreographed by Emma O'Kane was performed at the Irish Youth Dance Festival in Dun Laoghaire. The show brought together the talents of costume designers Ciara Cramer, Katie Davenport and Naoise ...more

Frame By Frame 2012

This dance theatre piece explored the themes of online identity theft and internet hacking, including the dark side of social media. Performer Sibéal Davitt writes that the "inspiration for the piece was drawn from Jean Baudrillard and Walter ...more

Dance on Film Project 2011

Creative Steps completed this dance film project with Peter Kelly of FilmCircle Productions as film mentor and Philippa Donnellan as dance mentor, resulting in four short dance films. Filming took place in a variety of locations including ...more

Feedback From Members

” I loved being involved in creating something new. “

” I enjoyed working in a group as a team, creating pieces together. “

” I really enjoyed helping create choreography. Great meeting and working with the group. “

” Great experience and nothing I had ever done before. “

” Good way to experience dance for camera – its so different to dancing on stage. “

” I liked using the camera as a means of communicating a dance concept. “