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DYDC Alumni


Nick Nikolaou

Nick was a member of the DYDC for 4 years. He then went on to graduate with a Masters in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick with First Honours. He is currently taking aerial classes with Aerial Cirque and the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.

Nick has many years’ experience on stage and screen, having performed in several music videos and films and festivals including the Irish Youth Dance Festival. This year he has collaborated with Liz Roche, Dance Ireland and The Lir as part of the Lighting Design Project and was also awarded the Professional Development Award from the Arts Council for a Research Mentorship.

Nick’s Resilience Programme piece will work around his research that stems from movement memory. He is looking to explore memories from his youth, that have to do with play and experiencing movement for the first time. This piece is about finding the performative aspect of the movement from memories of Nick as a young child dancing around the house to music and playing pretend.

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Hannah Rogerson

Hannah, a DYDC Alumni, is the Co-founder/Co-artistic director of the TeaTime Company and graduated from Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts with a BA in Dance Theatre/Modern. She divides her time between Ireland and the Netherlands.

She was the recipient of the Arts Council Ireland Circus Bursary Award 2021 and is receiving coaching from 2 highly esteemed female jugglers (Neta Oren and Liza van Brakel) and trying to apply their knowledge to her own practice. Hannah has also been working for several years with Maiden Voyage Dance Company who are dedicated to creating work and workshopping with young audiences (primary schools) and has performed with them several times at the Young at Art Festival in Belfast.

Hannah’s work for the Resilience Programme will follow her research into dance and juggling, looking at the echoes juggling creates in the body and the spaces it creates. With Juggling acting as a dance partner, offering a new trajectory and a different awareness of the body (and gravity), this piece will particularly focus on the memory the balls give to the body.

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Simone O'Toole

Simone is a performer, choreographer and the Creator/Artistic Director of the SoTo Dance Company. As an Alumni of DYDC, she is drawn to training the next generation of artists.

She studied Contemporary Urban Dance and Performance at Fontys Dance Academy, Tilburg, the Netherlands and is currently a performer with the Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Simone has trained students in various dance academies around Ireland and was an adjudicator for ‘5,6,7,8’ contemporary dance competition 2020, Intervarsity Dance Competitions. She has also been the recipient of scholarships to train at Deltebre Dansa Festival in Spain and do research as a choreographer in France.

The current pandemic has led Simone to research the inner shift she has had this last year physically, mentally and spiritually and creating “Blackbird” from it. For the Resilience Programme, she wants to delve deeper into the physicality of “Blackbird” using more space to further the creation process.

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