Professional Class

Thursday mornings 11am – 12.30pm

Our weekly class is for professional and semi-professional dance artists, movement and theatre artists on Thursday mornings. We offer classes taught by various teachers throughout the year. Our weekly class is currently taught as a hybrid, both in the studio at Firkin Crane with the option for participants to join in online. Each class costs €5 and needs to be booked in advance, we cannot guarantee there will be places available at the door.

At Firkin Crane safety is our priority, and we are taking an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of all who come through our doors. In line with this we are asking everyone who is attending professional training at Firkin Crane to continue to wear a mask whilst in our building.

To attend the class either in person or online please email Andrea at by 9am on the morning of the class.

Thursday 27th January

Helga Deasy

The class focuses on exploration, play and connection, with the aim to foster bodily awareness, expressivity and creative skills. It is informed by a choreological approach, which is the contemporary development of Rudolf Laban’s principles for the performing arts. 
We will take time to connect with the body and the breath as a movement source. Through guided imagery and structured improvisation we will explore a range of movement qualities and concepts, play, discover and create.  
Helga Deasy (Ireland/Germany) is a choreographer, dance artist and teacher.
Grounded in choreology and somatics, her practice spans choreography, cross-disciplinary collaboration and socially engaged dance. 
She has performed and presented work in Ireland, Germany, the UK and the US and received awards from the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland among others.
Helga feels passionate about the empowering potential of dance – she works in arts and health settings, is a facilitator on the Teacher Artist Partnership Programme and an early-years practitioner with Graffiti Theatre Company. 
She is Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at the Firkin Crane 2021 & 2022 and works as Alumni Ambassador for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 

3rd February: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín
This class invites you to awaken the body/mind through a series of scores informed by improvisatory and somatic practices. Moving through guided exercises to generate heat in the body we will work on softening and opening, before expanding into more vigorous movement.

10th February: Sara Hernandez

We will start with a gentle warm-up moving through the space finding a relaxed, organic and articulated quality of movement. We will explore different ways of moving in and out of the floor-work, finding spinal articulation, weight, fluidity and connecting body and mind. We will continue with some travelling sequences, minimising muscular tension through working with gravity, momentum and breath. 
We will wind-up the session by improvising through guided exercises using the imagination, sensory awareness and visualisations to discover new ways of creating expressive movement.


17th February: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, co-taught with Laura Murphy

This class is co-taught with Laura Murphy.  Together Laura and Siobhán will lead a shaking practice including subtle improvisatory explorations that emerge from the practice.  The class aims to give a solid, vigorous full-bodied experience; generating heat and connection. 

24th February: Wanjiru Kamuyu who will be in residency at Firkin Crane

Master Contemporary Dance Technique Classes are designed to provide the pre-professional and professional a solid dance training
experience that deepens technical and artistic sensibilities. In a safe space the dancer is encouraged to question, explore self-identification,
experiment with their relationship to dance and space while taking risks. The movement experience cultivates an intelligent and conscious
mind/body awareness, with a strong emphasis on the dancer’s efficient use of effort and energy flow. Set to live or recorded contemporary music the class organically unfolds with structured exercises that focus on breath, gravity, release, weight shifting, flexibility, stamina, endurance, spinal and pelvic range of motion and strengthening in preparation for challenging yet fun and stimulating choreographic sequences. The contemporary movement vocabulary draws from the rich traditions of modern (Horton, Limon, Dunham), release, ballet, dances of the African continent and diaspora, Butoh and yoga techniques.

3rd March: Daniel Abreu in Residency at Firkin Crane

In this class we will practice from movility. Supports and directions of the body. It is all about feeling and through feeling we will discover, understand and learning.
I am interested in how we feel our body, and how we can be air through the air. From the ground, been part of it, it is only to going on.

For more information and to join the class contact Andrea at