Echo Echo classes at Roe Valley

Echo Echo is delighted to work once again with our friends at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre in Limavady to present two introductory dance courses in hip-hop and salsa styles.


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5 November - 10 December 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
inside salsa with Ayesha Mailey

Want to try something which combines learning new skills, self-expression and exercise, is lively, interactive, social and great fun? Then come along to this superb six-week Salsa dance course taught by Ayesha Mailey, Echo Echo Dance Company.

Salsa is, by its very nature, a fusion dance with its origins in Latin American and European dance and movement styles. Ayesha is influenced by her contemporary dance background and Cuban and Cross-border salsa techniques. Her teaching combines the sensuous and energetic qualities of salsa with the improvisory feel of Echo Echo's contemporary style. She teaches fundamental footwork and hand styling with the focus on embodying the choreography from the inside out.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their understanding and attention to movement technique through structured improvisation and set sequences in solos, duets and groups. This is great, informal and fun course in our dedicated O'Hampsey dance Studio and participants of all abilities are welcome, whether you are an absolute beginner, out to meet new people and have fun, or more experiences, looking for dance partners and to hone your skills.

Ayesha has been practising as a contemporary dancer and movement artist for over ten years. Since 2010, she has been training in salsa dance, primarily in cross-body L.A. style (on 1) as well as Cuban, Rueda de Casino and Cha Cha.

Cost: £24



5 November - 10 December 2012
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
authentic hip-hop with Janie Doherty

Janie Doherty's teaching will be a combination of old school hip-hop, street dance moves and her training in contemporary dance. After going on a quest to find her ‘groove', Janie has free styled her way back home determined to dig deeper and explore the pleasures of this passionate, energetic and funky movement style.

This will not be an ordinary ‘copy' and ‘repeat' class, but each individual will have the opportunity to bring their own imagination, skill, sensitivity and creativity to the moves and the choreography created. This dance style is full of humour, musical expression and authentic hip-hop beats from around the world.

Janie graduated from the University of Ulster with a 1st class honours degree in Dance. She has been performing and teaching with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company since 2009. Since 2010, she has trained in hip-hop and street dance in the UK, Germany and New York where she worked with urban artists, dancers and choreographers.

Suitable for ages 13-18 years. Maximum 20 places.

Cost: £24



How To Book

You can make a booking either in person, by telephone or email through cash, cheque or debit/credit card. Tickets will be held, pending payment, for 48 hours or until 6pm on the performance date.

Box Office

The Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre/ Ionad Ealaíon agus Cultúir Ghleann na Ró
24 Main Street
BT49 0FJ
T: 028 7776 0650
F: 028 7776 0659



Autumn classes restart

Echo Echo's Autumn Programme is off to a start with our lovely Body Wisdom weekly class commencing on Friday 19th October.

Regular weekly classes for parent & pre-school, children, youth dance, and adults recommence after Halloween break from Saturday 3rd November for six weeks. 

For more info on all our other classes and times visit the Current Programme section.

Rehearsals start for 'The Cove'


Echo Echo Dance in rehearsals for new tour,
inspired by a hidden Donegal cove


The Cove Dance Rehearsals 

Echo Echo, are deep into rehearsals for its newest production, ‘The Cove', which sees them merge visual arts, music and dance with outdoor pursuits- all inspired by a hidden cove on the North Donegal coast.

The director, Steve Batts, discovered the Port-a-Doris cove a few years ago, near Shrove. It became the setting for one of the company's 2011 projects and proved to be a magical, inspiring place- looking out towards Downhill beach on the other side of Lough Foyle.

During that site-specific project, many local residents came to visit and told stories of the cove having been a place where people proposed to their sweethearts and carved their names. They came to dance there too, many years ago, in secret. Interesting that Echo Echo had returned in 2011 to dance too.

In 2012, the dancers are taking it one step further and creating an original performance inspired by their memories and experience of Port-a-Doris. They have scrambled, climbed, picnicked, swam, played, danced and meditated there. They have seen the seals and the fish, the birds and the insects. They have visited in the rain and sun.

The production will include set design by acclaimed Belfast-based visual artist Dan Shipsides and an original music score by talented local composer Christopher Norby- who has composed for Ulster Orchestra and NI Opera.

Echo Echo Company Manager, Ailbe Beirne, said:

"Echo Echo's team of artists and collaborators are of the highest professional level for this project so we must thank the Legacy Trust for the funding support to make it possible. The company has built up a very loyal and interested local audience but I think there are many more people out there who will enjoy this live performance work. It's very cutting edge and combines different art forms, music, theatre, video, lighting, to make something that is very difficult to describe in words. Maybe that's what quality work should be, and it's hopefully what we will see a lot more of in 2013 and in years to come."

Echo Echo is considered to be one of Ireland's leading dance companies and is known for it's innovative projects and unique performance style. The dancers will be in intensive rehearsals for over four weeks before premiering the new work on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. The tour will finish in Echo Echo's hometown Derry-Londonderry at The Millennium Forum on Wednesday 17th October.

The Cove is funded through Legacy Trust UK's Challenge Fund, which is managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Legacy Trust UK is creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

For more photos of rehearsals, click here. 


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