Laois Dance Academy Principal, Owner
Contemporary, Creative Ballet,
Ballet, Contemporary & Ballet fusion
Laois Youth Dance Ensemble Artistic Director; Laois Dance Platform Director & Coordinator; Lisbon Dance Platform Co. Director; Graduate Diploma in Dance with Honours, University of Limerick.
Brazilian born, Erica believes that dance encourages us to stay rooted in our bodies as we act, make decisions, and participate in the world; it all transpires from the personal. She has been nurturing and enabling people to become involved in dance so they can better understand and appreciate it.
Erica has worked with Cathy Coughlan (YES Scheme) , Mariam Ribon (DYDC), Iselichiodi Dance Company (Dance Residency mentored by the French choreographer Helene Chatala), Ciaran Gray and others. She had been funded for 4 consecutive years by the Laois Arts Office to teach dance in schools as part of the Artist in Schools Scheme.
In 2013 she founded Laois Youth Dance Ensemble with the support of Dunamaise Arts Centre and in the same year she launched Laois Dance Platform. The festival is funded by Arts Council Ireland and showcases national & international dance works, featuring performances by professional dancers.
Her choreographies have toured to France and Portugal (Project Dance Paris and Lisbon Dance Platform) and she’s committed to bring more than dance experience to Laois Dance Academy students, but essential skills for them to develop as dancers and personal growth.
Amy Dunne is currently undertaking a BA in Dance in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL and has been trained as Irish Dancer since she was 5 years old.
Having completed all her grade examinations with An Comhdhail (Irish dance), she is happy to share her experience with the ‘Irish & Contemporary fusion’ students at the Laois Dance Academy.
In addition to Hip-Hop and Popular Theatre, Amy has been trained at UL in Classical Ballet with Sophia Bailey (RAD) and Patricia Crosbie (Cork City Ballet); Contemporary dance with Lisa McLoughlin, Jazmin Chiodi (Iseli-Chiodi Company), John Scott And Ryan O’Neill (Irish Modern Dance Theatre), David Bolger and Emma O’Kane (Cois Ceim), Theo Clinkard and Liz Roche (Liz Roche Company), Leonie McDonagh (Ponydance). She considers herself very fortunate to be able to work with talented Irish and internationally renowned professional dancers through her studies and is enthusiastic about passing on her knowledge to younger dancers.