The Riverdance-Trinity International Summer School

Riverdance has joined forces with a number of schools at Trinity College Dublin including The Lir and the Samuel Beckett Centre as well as the Royal Irish Academy of Music to offer a two week intensive course.

Duration Dates Ages Time Fees
Two weeks 11th - 22nd August 2014 18+ 9.00am - 6.00pm €1950
Two weeks 11th - 22nd August 2014 18+ 9.00pm - 6.00pm €2790 inc accommodation


Students from all over the world will travel to Ireland, home of the Riverdance.  Here they will participate in a two week intensive programme that will allow them to gain insight into the show that re-shaped Irish Cultural heritage.  Students will be taught the original Riverdance choreography, will experience Irish arts both past and present and will examine the development of the music of the show from its ethnic roots through to its Grammy award winning climax. 

Field trips to Irish Cultural and Heritage Centres around Ireland will further enhance the course experience as will evenings at traditional concerts, theatrical performances and historic cultural talks.

Fees include all travel and food during the field trips as well as tickets to the 20th Anniversary performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and to various productions including performances at Ireland’s National Theatre, The Abbey Theatre.

Accommodation will consist of single en suite rooms on the historical main campus of Trinity College Dublin.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Trinity, Ireland’s auspicious seat of learning and the leading cultural institutions, The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, in this summer school.  Twenty years on, the journey that is Riverdance continues, and with the aid of our prestigious collaborators we hope to share some of the knowledge that we have gathered along the way with our international participants,”
Moya Doherty, Riverdance producer.

Riverdance Application Details

In order to apply for a place on the Riverdance Trinity Programme, please complete the application form below.

Application Form

Please also email the following information to

A detailed CV outlining dance experience and training to date, to include, if an Irish dancer, positioning in National and/or World dance championships

A personal statement of at least 200 words detailing why you are interested in participating in the course

A video recording of a solo dance performance (1 minute soft shoe and 1 minute heavy shoe dancing to your choice of music).  This video must be saved in either .MOV or .MP4 formats

A €50 application fee which will be deducted from the course fee should your application be successful.

Although there is no application deadline, places are limited and early booking is recommended. All applications are considered in order of receipt. If an application is received after the course is full, the applicant will be put on a waiting list. Applicants will be informed by email whether or not they have been accepted.

Acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of Riverdance and Trinity College Dublin.  If for whatever reason that the student is not suitable for the course, he/she will not be accepted. All decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Due to the expected high demand for this course applicants may be held on a waiting list.

Cancellation Policy Riverdance-Trinity International Summer School

The full course fee is payable as acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.

The course fee is non-returnable unless withdrawal is received within two months of the course start date, when a sum of €250 will be retained to cover administration costs. In the event of a cancellation between one and two months of the course start date, 50% of the total sum will be retained. A withdrawal less than one month before the course start date will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee.


It is strongly recommended that all participants insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which The Lir cannot accept any liability.

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