Creative Steps2019-06-14T16:44:01+00:00




We’re delighted to announce…

CREATIVE STEPS takes a leaps forward with a new dance and performance project starting this autumn with fabulous Irish choreographer Laura Macken. A unique creative opportunity for young people to work with a professional choreographer and to collaborate, practice and perform, Laura’s work combines the power of Contemporary and the lyricism of Ballet with the drama of physical theatre. As Laura says about working with Creative Steps:
“I feel this will be a really exciting challenge for me and for everyone in the group to create choreography together. The style of my choreography is fun to do, but also technically demanding! I’m so looking forward to getting started – to see the young people dance and find out how they can really move!”


Free taster sessions coming up in November 2019.
Project starts in January 2020 and culminates in performances in April 2020.


Mondays 6-9pm at CoisCéim Studio, with additional rehearsals as required.

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.


A minimum of one year’s training in dance or physical theatre technique is required – plus a passion for dance, a desire to learn new dance skills, an interest in choreography and performance – and a commitment to the group.

Contact Philippa Donnellan at via email to arrange to attend a free taster class.

Membership also entitles you to

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.

About Laura Macken

Laura Macken trained at The Irish National College of Dance and joined Dublin City Ballet as a student member at the age of 15.  Dancing with the company for several years Laura danced corps de ballet and solo roles in ballets such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, and Gisele.  The company also extended its repertoire to many contemporary and jazz works in which Laura danced, such as Transfigured Night by Anna Sokolow and works by Arlene Phillips.  The company also featured in The Dublin Grande Opera Society’s productions of Aida, Macbeth, and Turandot.  Following the company’s closure, Laura became a freelance dancer and was a founder member of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, and was featured in many of their productions. She also worked with Dance Theatre of Ireland, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Co-Motion Theatre, and many other musical theatre productions in the Gaiety, Tivoli, and Olympia Theatres.  Other theatre credits include The Secret Fall of Constant Wilde, at The Abbey Theatre, The Barbican Centre in London, and the Melbourne Theatre Festival, and more recently, The Dead at the Abbey Theatre.   Film and television credits include Penny Dreadful, Sunday Night at the Olympia, Circle of Friends, Widow’s Peak, An Awfully Big Adventure, and The Bernadette Greevy Show.  Laura has also travelled the world performing on Regency, Celebrity and Radisson cruise lines.  Laura settled in America for six years working on many productions as a dancer, and choreographed several large productions, including Cruisin’ 57 for Dick Clark Productions.

Since returning to Ireland, Laura has been a regular ballet teacher for Dance Ireland’s professional programme. She teaches at the College of Dance and has choreographed for their end of year performances. She also teaches company classes and has worked as rehearsal director for John Scott Dance and has assisted with John’s work on “Step Up” dance project in 2013 and 2018, as well as his work with students at the University of Limerick.  Laura has also taught company classes for many of CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s productions, and recently assisted David Bolger with the choreography for RTE’s Centenary at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.  The centenary year also gave Laura the opportunity to perform in Laochra for the GAA at Croke Park.  Laura has choreographed for Pan Pan Theatre’s production of The Seagull and Other Birds, and A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream at the Abbey Theatre.

Laura is also a qualified yoga teacher, an element complimentary to dance training that many dancers currently desire.  In 2016 she received an Arts Council travel and training award to train in Autism Movement Therapy in New York.  She currently teaches dance classes for people with intellectual disabilities in Stewarts’s Care and in Rossecourt Resourse Centre.  In January 2017 Laura graduated from the University of Limerick, completing her MA in Dance, focusing her thesis on an examination of versatile dancers in Ireland.  In July 2018 Laura choreographed and presented her first original work Connections in the neoclassical style, with funding she received from The Arts Council of Ireland, and through residencies with Dance Ireland and Shawbrook dance. She will engage in a similar project in 2019.  Laura is excited to lead CoisCéims Creative Steps this year.


recent performances


A dialogue between young dancers, this hypnotic piece explores the individual voice versus the power of the collective. As pathways between dancers collide, stories begin to unravel to reveal other identities and new, different connections are made between them all.

Commissioned by CoisCéim BROADREACH, COUNTER | CULTURE is a new piece by choreographers Sibéal Davitt and Olwyn Lyons.

DATE | Sunday 8 April 2018
VENUE | Lyric Theatre, Belfast
TIME | 7.00pm

An informal opportunity to view, engage and discover more about the next generation of dance creators!
DATE | Sunday 22 April 2018
VENUE | CoisCéim Studio, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1
TIME | 3.00pm

South Dublin County Council | NOISEMoves YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL 2018 – South DUBLIN
NOISEmoves features youth dance groups ages 13 – 25 on stage and in workshops for a weekend in April.
DATE | Sunday 29 April 2018
VENUE | Civic Theatre, Belgard Square East, Tallaght, Dublin 24


Saturday 1 July 2017 | Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

Saturday 8 April 2017 | axis, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Sunday 30 April 2017 | 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.


Cruinniú na Cásca
EASTER MONDAY  2017 | The LAB | 1 Foley St Dublin 1 D01 WA07 Foley Street | View Map



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. “