Dancer In Residence Gets County Moving With Online Classes

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A Zoom class with Catherine Young.

AS part of her role as Kerry County Council Dancer In Residence, Catherine Young, with Jade O’Connor, and assisted by Kristyn Fontanella, ran online dance classes ‘Move It’ for the over 50s, adults and children in February and March.

Co-funded by the Arts Council and Creative Ireland Kerry, with class sizes ranging from 15 to 60 participants, there were over 300 individual engagements with the classes.

Catherine and her associates also ran two rounds of Funk & Folk – multicultural dance weekends with Siamsa Tíre covering a wide range of funk and folk styles from all over the world with lead dancers from Riverdance and masters of House/Hip hop teaching from NYC.

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The weekends were a huge success with over 600 people in total learning styles such as tap, flamenco, West African, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Brazilian, Sean Nos, Munnix Irish, Irish Step dance, House dance and Hip-Hop.

Catherine is going to focus on her own professional work during April and May but will be back with opportunities for community involvement later in the year.

“I will be working on a documentary film as part of the research and development for my new show ‘Floating on a Dead Sea’, she explains. “This was due to premiere at Dublin Dance Festival in May but that is on hold due to Covid-19.

“I would love to get The Welcoming Project back liveoutdoors if regulations allow and I will be working with a group from that project as part of a new feature film called ‘Provision’ by Frank Berry. Frank saw my work in the Abbey back in 2018 and wants to open his film, about Direct Provision, with dance.”

“Catherine Young is a fantastic asset to Kerry,” says Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Conor Scarteen. “She has built up a network of dance in Kerry across all ages, with a truly diverse mix of people, strengthening our county’s social cohesion and resilience.”

To stay up to date with dance opportunities with Catherine Young follow @KerryCoArts on twitter and facebook and check out www.kerrycoco.ie/arts

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