"We can't wait to start dancing with the people of Ballyogan, to have fun, and to create something out of the ordinary over the coming year. Together we will dance with our hearts, engage with our heads and find our feet!"

Philippa Donnellan, CoisCéim BROADREACH

In a rich collaboration with the Ballyogan community in Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown, CoisCéim will bring together the skills and experience of local people with those of professional dancers and creative artists to develop a bold, imaginative project that cross-pollinates art forms and media. Stay tuned for more information to be announced soon.

Funded under the Arts Council's Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2017 in partnership with Local Authorities.



As the cold weather returned in April, Cois Céim began dancing with children at Early Years Family Resource Centre. There were some fabulous dancing dolphins and energetic Jellyfish. They loved Matthew – especially when he spun on his head!


Exit 15 is a partnership between Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Voluntary Arts Ireland and Queen`s University Belfast funded by the Arts Council‘s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2017 and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. We look forward to embarking on a lively and engaging physical creative process with the Ballyogan community throughout 2019. Find out more about Exit 15 at http://exit15.ie/

ABOUT CoisCéim BROADREACH | creativity, participation, access

Founded on the principle that dance is a performing art, BROADREACH's activities are pioneering, targeting all sections­­ of the population in an exciting and innovative manner to create a genuine curiosity in dance. Every year, BROADREACH touches the lives of thousands of people, through classes, workshops, residencies and dance performance participation projects.

BROADREACH is the access and engagement arm of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, one of Ireland’s leading dance companies. A client of the Arts Council, for over 20 years the company has presented highly original work to audiences large and small, on stage, on film and off site throughout Ireland and overseas. Find out what’s coming up at www.coisceim.com



Philippa has a wealth of experience as a choreographer, director, teacher and performer and has Directed CoisCéim’s BROADREACH initiative since 2006.  For more information please see her extended biography here: coisceim.com/about-us/


Matthew is a dancer and choreographer from Dublin with over 14 years’ experience in performance and competitive dance. He has worked with ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre on THESE ROOMS for ART:2016 in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2016 and with CoisCéim has toured extensively, from Sligo to the Sydney Opera House, in THE WOLF AND PETER by David Bolger. Also most recently worked on The Lost O Casey part of Dublin Theatre festival 2018. Matthew’s speciality is acrobatic, musical and energetic Hip-Hop (Breakdance) and has thought for many years all around Ireland. He has over ten championship titles under his belt and has showcased his skills in front of some of the biggest companies in the world; in 2014 he received a life time achievement award for outstanding contribution to Irish Hip-Hop dance. He is also a member of dance group Raw Edge Crew who have performed and competed as Irish representatives in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the UK and Germany. Raw Edge featured on Sky One’s GOT TO DANCE where they reached the live semi finals.


Olwyn is a choreographer, dance artist and community dance facilitator, who specialises in Contemporary and Hip Hop Dance. She is a certified Dance for Parksinson’s teacher (Dance for PD® USA, English National Ballet, U.K.) and is a qualified Zumba instructor. Recently Olwyn was been awarded funding from South Dublin County’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 to direct a children’s show involving primary school children. (April – June 2019). Olwyn has previously danced in works choreographed by David Bolger (IRE), Catherine Young (IRE),  Hélène Cathala (FR),  Sibéal Davitt (IRE), Muirne Bloomer (IRE), Dr. Valerie Preston Dunlop (U.K), Luca Silvestrini (U.K.), Raimund Hoghe (Germany, Pina Bausch).


Gavin is a music producer and DJ from North Dublin. His background is in hiphop dancing and he has been DJing in Dublin since he was 18, playing some of Dublin’s biggest and best nightclubs.  He is currently a resident DJ for the RnBClub and has won beat making competitions including The RedBull BCONE Perfect Beat Challenge 2018. He has worked with artists including Detroit’s own Maine Soul and Belfast’s up and coming rap star Leo Miyagee. His studio album titled 29:20 was released in 2018.