Dance is an integral component of the Irish cultural landscape. In addition to a broad base of talented professional artists, the dance sector also promotes participative dance practice. A growing number of people of all ages and social status attend dance activities across the country, from urban centres to rural communities, making dance one of the most widely practised artforms in Ireland.

The Arts Council supports dance across a number of genres through grant programmes and awards, and invests in future developments through special initiatives devised in partnership with others.

Promoting a diverse and sustainable dance practice, building on the positive elements of the existing infrastructure, is a strategic priority of the Arts Council (see An Integrated Dance Strategy 2010-2012). To achieve this, we will continue strengthening the infrastructural supports and resources available to individual artists and organisations. We will also encourage a more balanced geographical distribution of dance activities and support across Ireland.

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