Garter Lane Arts Centre and Choreographer/Independent Dance Artist, Dee Grant are delighted to announce that the Arts Council of Ireland (with support from Waterford City & County Council) have selected Garter Lane and Dee’s programme to be the beneficiary of the highly sought-after Artist in Residence Award. This award from the council was approved earlier in the year and it will support the development and creation of a highly accessible programme of participatory dance engagements in the centre through out 2019, as well as research & development project on the theme of Dance & Aging and a continuance of a weekly programme for professional development in the South East for dance practitioners .
Dee’s work with well-known local groups such as Best Foot Forward dance club, Traces Dance Ensemble and ‘Spark’ – a rehearsal & creative space for professional dance/movement-artists, bring her in to contact with many members of the community who have a shared interest and indeed a passion for dance and all things movement based, but what is rarely seen are the interactions and mentorships Dee regularly carries out on an informal basis, where encouragement and nurturing of burgeoning artists are a consistent feature of her work here in Waterford. Groups accessing the arts centre and Dee’s work are delighted that her presence here is supported for another year.
A Wexford native Dee is no stranger to bringing professional dance to the fore, a former Artistic Director of Myriad Dance (1999-2013) in Wexford, producing numerous choreographic dance work that was shown at all over Ireland, including Dublin Fringe Festival & Dublin Dance Festivals and beyond, Dee is a passionate instigator, educator and dance advocate for the development of contemporary dance practice in Ireland. She has worked intensively with Arts Officers in Mayo, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Leitrim Local Authorities, developing several large-scale contemporary dance performance projects & events for professional dancers, participatory groups, youth dance companies and the learning disability sectors. Dee also lectures in Movement & Dance Studies at WIT. You can find out more about the residency and forthcoming plans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and keep an eye on the Garter Lane website www.garterlane.ie