Dancer in Residence




Catherine Young is the 2016 – 2016 Kerry County Council Dancer in Residence, which is co-funded by the Arts Council.
Under the terms of the residency, Catherine will:
1. Develop her own work as inspired by Kerry, both people and place.
2. Provide a 6 week dance programme for first years in post primary schools which will complement the existing DES JCPE Programme. The PE teacher will receive CPD and support thus enabling the PE teacher to continue and sustain the programme when the Dancer in Residence has completed the first programme.
3. Encourage interested students to join a Kerry youth dance company. The purpose of the dance company will be to provide high quality dance performance training in addition to creative practice and choreography over a 3 year cycle with a view to developing a demand for the provision of a level 5 QQI qualification in dance in Kerry. To develop repertoire to tour and showcase the work including Kerry venues and festivals.
4. Develop and provide a QQI L5 Dance Course in cooperation with Kerry College of Further Education.





Maria Svensson is Dancer in Residence in An Lab, Dingle for the period Sept 2016 - Sept 2017 which is co-funded by the Arts Council and Kerry County Council. Projects include working with different groups in Kerry and Maria is currently working with Caherleaheen National School and Scoil Chaitlin Naofa, she is also teaching a creative dance class for adults in An Lab. As part of the residency Maria aim to create new work with support by mentor and Artistic Director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, Steve Batts. As part of the residency this new work will then tour Kerry. Maria is also planning to replicate the solo dance festival Going Solo Together which takes place annually in Örebro (SE) to happen in An Lab next year with local, national and international artists.
About Maria:
Maria Svensson holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and has worked as a dance artist since 2007 in mainly Sweden, London and Ireland (Dans i Värmland, Daghdha Dance Company, Being Small Dance). She has numerous experiences in performing, choreographing and producing festivals and events (International Dance Day, Choreography Showcase, Going Solo Together), as well as teaching to a range of ages and levels. Her focus lies with performance and interweaving dance with other art forms with a particular interest in how dance can make a difference in society.
Anyone interested in contacting Maria can do so at


Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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