Galway Moves-A Dance Project with Dansnest and Galway 2020

Galway Moves-A Year to Dance is a collaboration between Galway Dance Project and Dansnest Broedplaats Voor dans and Galway 2020.  Galway Moves will connect audiences, dance artists and communities to create site specific performances, inspired and informed by our landscape.   

Galway Moves is a series of site-specific dance performances inspired and informed by our landscape. It will bring dance into open spaces, culminating in three days of public performances in Galway city and county. 
Produced by Galway Dance Project and devised by Dansnest from The Netherlands, who have many years of experience in developing and choreographing performances in public spaces, Galway Moves will celebrate community and connection in the city and county for three days in May. 
Working with five Galway-based dancers, these inclusive and diverse dance performances will consist of original pieces of choreography, with each performance a dynamic search for hidden inspiration. They will reflect the dynamism and landscape of the region and will connect audiences, dance artists and communities while offering opportunities to both professional and non-professional dancers to participate in and engage with dance in various locations.

Read on to find out more about the dancers involved

Patricia Glynn

Patricia Glynn MA from Galway is a Contemporary Dance artist in Residence at Galway city council.  She facilitates Dance and Movement workshops, choreographs and performs. Patricia  has been supported by Arts Council  funding to study in both  London and New York University from which she holds MA in Dance studies. She has for many years been active in devising and choreographing  projects in Ireland, Uk and USA in theatre,   education  and community settings  and ,  is recently  developing  programmes in  dance and health and , dance for the older adult . She  presented ‘Between Language and Limb ‘ a Dance /Poetry collaboration with award winning poet and author Geraldine Mills in Galway Theatre Festival 2019. 

Mia Bradley

Mia is a recent graduate of the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and former NYDCS member. Dance has been her passion since the day she started dance classes in Galway and now she is looking forward to the start of her professional dance career back in her hometown.

Kristyn Fontanella

As a dance artist and choreographer, Kristyn Fontanella holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from CCSU and an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. Kristyn has toured the world with many prestigious dance shows including: RiverdanceLord of the Dance and performed lead female role in Gaelforce Dance. Her current choreographic works focus on her past knowledge of Irish step dancing and presents it in a contemporary context. After the success of her duet As We Know It, her latest ensemble work IN LiMBO premiered in 2018 and will tour 7 venues throughout Ireland in Jan/Feb of 2020 with support from the Irish Arts Council. Her current mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations of dancers.


Marta Almeida

Marta Almeida was born in 1993 in Lisbon.

At the age of 9 years she began her vocational studies in dance at the Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon where she completed her studies in June 2011.

Between 2011 and 2014 she continued her professional training, notably in the field of Contemporary Dance, at the Company Ballet Junior of Genève taking the opportunity of the scholarship that was awarded by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Over these 3 years, as a dancer of the Company Ballet Junior of Genève, she participated in all of the company’s production and tours, having performed several repertoire by Stijn Celis, Ken Ossola, Barak Marshall, Andonis Foniadakis, Hofesh Shechter, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Cindy Van Acker among others.

Since 2015 she is a freelance dancer and has participated in several projects in Genève, Lisbon and Brussels.

She regularly teaches ballet, contemporary and Pilates, to different levels – beginners to advance and professional.

Recently she finished the master’s degree in Dance Education at ESD, in Lisbon.

Genevieve Ryan

Originally from the US, Genevieve Ryan is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who has made Galway her home since 2006. Genevieve began dancing at the age of 3 and believes that dance is a creative form of expression that everyone should enjoy. She has studied dance all across the United States specialising in a variety of styles including Street Dance, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.  In addition to dance and choreography, Genevieve is a lifelong Yoga practitioner. In 2001, she received her certification after completing the renowned Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training course at the Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, India.

In 2009 she received her dance teaching qualifications, with distinction, from the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). In 2015 she accepted her MA in Dance from the University of Limerick, where she explored the links between environment and culture, and their specific effects on the creative processes of choreographers.

She is a founding member of Galway Dance Project, established in 2011, with aims to facilitate professional dance practice in Galway city and county and served as Chair of the Board from 2013 to 2017. In 2012, Genevieve established Off Beaten Path Dance Company with Katarzyna Voetter and musician Eamon Brett. The company aims to create new work focusing on collaborations and connections between movement and live music, presently she is artistic director and a principal dancer.


Dansnest adds a different colour to traditional dance. Their dance performances in public space involve the environment and connects and reveals the strength and identity of a venue; avoiding predetermined patterns and movements, but considering space as a place where you can play, experiment and get inspired to create choreography. Each performance is a dynamic search for interaction between dancers, environment and bystanders. Dansnest feeds young professionals with knowledge and method of site-specific dance to develop as dancer and/ or choreographer. Dansnest is expert, pioneer and connector in the field of community art and dance in public space.