New Online Workshops from the Linenhall Arts Centre

Dance and Drumming Online workshops at the Linenhall Arts Centre Mayo

The Linenhall’s latest online offerings turn their focus to music and dance.

Beginner Sean Nós Dance for Young People kicks off on Wednesday 13 May at 11.00am with the first in a series of four online tutorials. Find a pair of comfortable shoes and start stepping! Over four weeks award winning dancer, choreographer and teacher Liam Scanlon will demonstrate a series of basic steps designed to support the gradual development of a sean nós dance repertoire. From shuffles to stamps, viewers will be dancing in style in no time.

Rhythm Basics is the order of the day on Thursday 14 May with percussionist Anthony McNamee presenting the first in an online drumming series at 11.00am. Consisting of four short lessons designed to be accessible for everyone, the goal is to have fun learning a new skill. With a little practice, by lesson four participants will be able to play the rhythmic pattern presented in the first lesson. It is not necessary to have a drum, just find any surface which creates a sound and have fun learning.

To engage with these workshops simply follow the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Beginner Sean Nós Dance for Young People: Wednesdays 13, 20, 27 May, 3 June 2020, at 11.00am.

Rhythm Basics: Thursdays 14, 21, 28 May, 4 June 2020, at 11,00am

Please note that these workshops are completely free. As we're a charity we do accept donations with absolutely no pressure to do so:

About the Artists

Liam Scanlon 

A Masters graduate in Traditional Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy, and winner of the coveted Corn TG4 at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, choreographer and performer Liam Scanlon’s art is firmly rooted in a sean nós and percussive dance tradition.

Liam is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist, an Arts Council Next Generation recipient, and has performed for President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. He has performed with numerous Irish music and dance acts across Europe, Canada, Russia, Japan and New Zealand, and was part of the Irish-Québécois collaboration, Sokalo Remix. In 2018, Liam choreographed for Preab Meadar, a concert of sean nós song, music and dance, based on the irregular time signatures of the medieval Dán Díreach. Described as “disarmingly simple, authentic,  captivating and joyous” (No More Workhorse), Liam’s first solo choreography, Nascanna, premiered as part of ‘First Looks’at Dublin Dance Festival before performing at Leitrim Dance Week,Laois Dance Platform, ‘Tanzmesse’ Dusseldorf, ‘What’s Next? Festival’ – Limerick, ‘Echo Echo Festival’Derry, and as part of ‘New Ireland Dance – Choreographies of Nowness’at 92Y in New York and Project Arts Centre Dublin. 

Liam is keen to promote awareness, participation and enjoyment of traditional dance amongst children, teenagers and adults. 

Anthony McNamee

Anthony McNamee is a freelance drummer and music educator experienced in a wide range of musical styles and settings. He has worked with Dance Companies, Bands, Arts Festivals, Schools, Community Groups and disability groups. An experienced recording artist and live drummer, Anthony maintains a busy teaching schedule.

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