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I Did It & You Should Too! Fast Track To Dance, Dublin Dance Festival 2014

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

One of the best things I did last year was take part in this exciting and totally down-to-earth weekend of seeing &  getting comfortable with understanding contemporary dance: Fast Track To Dance at Dublin Dance Festival.

You’ll be with a group of all sorts of folk who also are a bit curious about dance, but don’t know much about it. That’s how it was last year; some people hadn’t really ever watched a full dance performance, others had, but felt a bit confused as to what it ‘meant’, and some folk had seen a few shows & enjoyed them, but felt like they still didn’t really ‘understand’ or know how to talk about dance.

Swing, from Fishamble via Dublin Dance Festival

Swing, from Fishamble via Dublin Dance Festival 2014

That  last one was my situation, and I wrote here  about how Fast Track To Dance opened up a new confidence and enjoyment of dance for me.

Our group was good fun last year, and talking with others & being able to sometimes say together ” WTF was that show about?”  is great! Even better is that then through chatting as a group, you begin to see the dance pieces through others’ eyes & ideas, and amazingly, WTF often gradually becomes AHA!

You’ll see loads of  shows and you’ll have a chance to talk with those involved in dance, too. It is great value for a very interesting and fun weekend, and I SO recommend it. Fast Track To Dance was so popular last year that this year Live Collision & Dublin Dance Festival are running 2 Fast Track weekends! Here is the scoop:



Fast Track to Dance is back, after a very successful pilot programme in 2013. Live Collision and Dublin Dance Festival invite participants to apply to take part in this joint initiative for dance audiences.

This is an exceptional opportunity for anyone who is curious about dance, but hasn’t seen very many dance performances. It is for those of you who are ‘dance novices’ but who also sport an enthusiasm and interest to see more dance shows and to know more about the art form.

Fast Track to Dance is a completely immersive weekend at Dublin Dance Festival delving into the Festival’s vibrant programme of work  Two groups of 15 people will be selected to form two Fast Track To Dance groups.

Together as a group you will embark on a weekend packed full of dance, a real festival experience! You will see multiple shows from both national and international dance makers, you will meet the creative team behind the Festival, you will attend post show discussions and you will have a group round-table with some of the makers/choreographers. The one thing you won’t do is dance, but you will find out a whole lot more about going to see dance, about the Festival and about the artists who present dance work in Ireland and beyond.

Fast Track to Dance will form a significant part of the Dublin Dance Festival’s 10th Festival programme and celebration. Fast Track to Dance is produced and facilitated by Lynnette Moran (Live Collision founder and director) and Niamh McCann (Actor, Coach and Facilitator)

Fast Track is a short sharp burst of activity that will introduce the group to dance as an art form – and will build a critical language and confidence around seeing and talking about dance performances.

What do you need to do –

Fast Track to Dance will run 2 groups over 2 weekends. Applicants must have full availability on the following dates and times –

Group 1

Thur 22nd May 5.30pm – 10pm

Fri 23rd May 5.30pm – 10pm

Sat 24th May  12pm – 10pm


Group 2

Thur 29th May 5.30pm – 10pm

Fri 30th May 5.30pm – 10pm

Sat 31st May  12pm – 10pm

How to apply – please send the following

  • A short (150 word) statement about why you would like to take part. Please give us an indication of why you are interested in this initiative, and/or why you would like to find out more about dance through this programme.
  • Please include your name, address, email and contact number

Please send to  including ‘FAST TRACK application’ in subject bar of your email.

Deadline: Monday 12th May before 6pm

Price: €80 inclusive of all show tickets, meet the makers and talks. 

You will see over 7 shows, 2 Post shows, 1 meet the maker session and several facilitated group discussions

Should you have any queries please email the same address. Please note we have a very limited number of places available on the programme. Please note there are two weekend programmes and you can only apply to one.

Discover more about Fast Track to Dance here –

 Apply! I may see you at the Festival– I’ve got my tickets & can’t wait to see loads of shows. Enjoy Dublin Dance Festival 2014!

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