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The National Dance Archive of Ireland

The National Dance Archive of Ireland (Cartlann Náisiúnta Damhsa na hÉireann) is housed in the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick and works in partnership with Dance Research Forum Ireland, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Arts Council. The Archive is the first of its kind in Ireland and is the most comprehensive in the country. It is committed to collecting, preserving, digitizing and cataloguing the multimedia dance material, and to providing access and guidance to the collections; these include traditional dance, social dance, contemporary dance, ballet, urban dance and world dance. The National Dance Archive is an important public resource for dance education and research. It is a living Archive that forges links with dancers, scholars, choreographers, companies and organisations of dance in the wider community.

The National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI) was pioneered from 2005 by Dance Research Forum Ireland in partnership with the Glucksman Library and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. In 2008, the Arts Council awarded funding to Dance Research Forum Ireland for a feasibility report and in 2009 awarded two-year seed funding for the set-up phase of the Archive at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick. Today, the Archive is home to numerous collections of dance generously donated by individuals, companies and dance organisations. 

Dr. Catherine E. Foley. NDAI Director

Access to the National Dance Archive of Ireland is by appointment. Please contact us in advance to ensure your request can be accommodated.



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