Lead partner: Dance Ireland (Ireland) 
Artform: Dance
Year funded: 2013
Funding strand: Strand 1.2.1. Cooperation projects
Amount awarded: €200,000
Total project budget: €400,000
Project start date: June 2013 
Project end date: May 2015 


Mercat de les Flors (Spain); Dance House Lemesos (Cyprus); Tanzhaus nrw (Germany); Commune Bassano del Grappa (Italy). 


LÉIM is a two-year leadership programme, involving 10 participants from five European dance organisations. The focus is on nurturing the next generation of dance curators, programmers and managers.

Five European dance partners have come together to share their experience of international policy and practice and to invest their knowledge in an emerging generation of cultural operators. Ten participants (two from each country) are engaged in an innovative piece of action research which includes national and international placements and self-directed projects that will offer valuable hands-on experience in organisations with a high degree of expertise in the field of dance, both in their own countries and on a European level.

LÉIM aims to build a Europe-wide community of cultural players capable of assuming multiple roles within dance organisations (i.e. multi-players) and to stimulate their creative development through exchange and interaction with dance institutions, dance artists and dance communities outside the usual cultural context in which they operate. The LÉIM programme offers support, mentorship and encouragement as well as challenge and practical engagement.

Using a modular system comprising practical management toolkits, think-tank sessions and placements in a minimum of four different institutions, participants are free to pursue their own ideas by actively and concretely developing their own cultural projects.

Participants will have access to an extensive international network of artists, cultural operators and institutions through which they will get the chance to learn and present themselves as active cultural players.



While Dance Ireland is involved in a number of EU funded projects, including Modul-dance, E-Motional Bodies & Cities and Communicating Dance (Leonardo Lifelong Learning), this is the first time the organisation has led on a major EU project.

As the leader, this is a valuable learning opportunity for Dance Ireland, and an opportunity to further strengthen our international position and raise the international profile for dance in Ireland. 


Over 21 years old, Dance Ireland is a resource organisation which supports and develops all forms of dance practice in Ireland today. With a membership base of over 200, made up of dancers, choreographers, companies and associates, we are committed to building on our year-round programmes of training and development opportunities, and we operate on an all-island basis.

Dance Ireland also manages DanceHouse on behalf of Dublin City Council. With six studios, an artists’ resource room, a green room and exhibition spaces, DanceHouse is a working base for dance practice and a hub for the wider dance community.