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Be part of the first Riverdance Summer School

Apply now to be part of the first Riverdance – Trinity College Dublin International Summer School

Riverdance has joined forces with Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin to launch The Riverdance – Trinity College International Summer School.

Taught by the Riverdance professional, the students will be immersed in Riverdance in its hometown of Dublin and they will take part fully in an exciting schedule of classes and activities.
They will

  • Learn the iconic Riverdance choreography from the show,
  • Train in all aspects of being a professional dancer from nutrition to fitness and general personal management so as to be prepared for a working life as a performer.
  • Attend a performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin with a meet and greet with the cast backstage.
  • Gain insight into how to choreograph new dance numbers and what it takes to put a live performance on stage. On completion of the school students will have gained a wealth of knowledge about the industry.
  • Take part in a fully staged rehearsed performance of extracts from Riverdance featuring all the students. This is the finale of each week where the students can showcase their work and perform to an audience of their families and friends.

For those dreaming of a life as a performer, the school offers unique opportunities to

  • Join the Riverdance troupe onstage for a group number in the show (a small selection of dancers aged 16 and older may be chosen.
  • Audition for Riverdance (for dancers aged 18 and over)


We are delighted to be collaborating with Trinity College, Ireland’s auspicious seat of learning and The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in this summer camp. 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

This is an innovative coming together of culture and higher education, where international participants will gain insight into the award winning performance that has contributed to the re-shaping of Irish cultural heritage. Trinity is delighted to host the international summer school, where our global participants will be provided with a deep understanding of one of Ireland’s great success stories and cultural milestones

Dr. Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity


Application Process

Applications for a place on the Summer School must be submitted on www.riverdance.com/summerschool

NO FEE is required to apply for a place on the summer school.

Application information required includes:

  • Dance experience and training to date
  • A video recording of a solo dance performance (1 min heavy show, dancing to your choice of music)

All applications for a place on the Summer School will be considered.

Successful applicants will be notified by email and will be sent detailed instructions for full summer school registration and fee payment.

The Scholarship

The goal of the school is to welcome the next generation of dancers, to educate and to ensure that all students enjoy the experience.

There will be two scholarship places available each week. The scholarship covers the full cost of the school.

To apply for the Scholarship:

Write an essay (500 words or more) or

Record a Video piece to camera (no longer than 3 minutes)

The essay or video should be added to your online application


Summer School Dates:

Monday 13th July – Saturday 18th July 2015

Monday 20th July – Saturday 25th July 2015

Monday 27th July – Saturday 1st August 2015

Ages: 12+ (must be aged 12 by 1st January 2015)

Fees: €950 Residential (Accommodation will consist of en suite single

rooms in the historical main campus of Trinity College Dublin)

€650 Non-Residential

 Payment of 350 is required upon acceptance of a place.

Full Fees must be paid by 31st May 2015
Apply now


Corey Hulett
November 27, 2014

Hello to whom it may concern,
I am a dance major here in the United States. I was wondering since the accepted applicants will be housed at Trinity College, will there be meals provided or a meal plan we can sign up for? Thank you

Shauna rock
November 27, 2014

I wish to apply for the summer camp 13th to the 18th
I’m 18 and I’ve been dancing since I was 5.. My biggest achievements to date are 5th in world 2013 and 1st in leinster.. I dance for the Clarke goodman academy

November 27, 2014

Hi Shauna, Please go to http://www.riverdance.com/summerschool and submit your details to apply for a place on the summer school. If you are having problems with the application please contact us by email on padraicmoyles@riverdance.com. We are looking forward to receiving your application and video. All the best.

November 27, 2014

Hi Corey, Thank you for getting in touch. All meals will be provided as part of the Residential package which also includes 5 nights accommodation in the beautiful Trinity Hall college accommodation. 24 hour supervision and security. All under 18s will be chaperoned by fully Garda vetted instructors and staff.All transport within the camp plus airport transfers where required and Free Wi-Fi . Full details are outlined on http://academy.riverdance.com/discover-summer-school-2015/
All the best

December 6, 2014

Hi Riverdance team!

I have been checking the information and FAQ but can’t seem to find a due date for applications. When should they be in by?

Thanks 🙂

December 9, 2014

Just wondering are both an essay and video footage required or either one? 🙂

December 10, 2014

Hi Shanen, For the scholarship you need to submit an essay or a video. If you have any further queries please emails us on padraicmoyles@riverdance.com. All the best

Sarah Cooke
December 19, 2014

Hiya I’m just wondering when the applications have to be in by ?? There is actually no date on the info sheet !!

December 21, 2014

Hi Sarah, There is no cut off date for applications at the current time. We do advise that you send in you application as soon as you can. Places are limited and will be initially allocated to those that qualify by the date of their application. I hope this answers your query. If you have any other queries or concerns on the summer school please email us on padraicmoyles@riverdance.com. All the best.

February 21, 2015

Hello I am very keen to take part in the camp but I was just wondering what rough level of irish dance I should be to apply? I dance CLRG

Jane Vizi
March 9, 2015

HI there,

I just had a few questions about the application and the process. I am going to apply for my son who wil be 15. I will have him do out the information.
What is the youngest age you take children? My other son is 10 and very intersted but not sure if they have to be older or not.

Also you have two rates resident and non resident. Are you referring to resident of Ireland? or can they be a citizen of Ireland?
In regards to the rates this doesn’t cover the fare to travel there correct?
For scholarships is the fare included or do we have to provide that for them. Thanks so muvh

Kym C
April 27, 2015

How many dancers per week are you excepting?

Bella Johanson
January 25, 2017

Do you have to be part of an official Irish Dance school to participate, or can you be from any school, non-competing and such?

Mary O’Donnell
January 25, 2017

Hi Bella
Yes all dancers can apply for the summer school. In early February, we will be launching an open week for Dublin for dancers of all abilities and dance styles. Please send you application in to us and we will advise you directly.
The application forms can be found on http://academy.riverdance.com/
all the best

Lisa Donnelly
February 16, 2017

Hi! My daughter is 13 years old and is interested in applying. Will there be other students her age or is this mostly for older students?

Mary O’Donnell
February 17, 2017

Hi Lisa,
Yes, there will be dancers from the 12 years of age at the school. There has been a good number of 12 / 13 year olds at the previous sunmmer schools and many from this age group are applying for 2017. Dancers are placed in groups within the school based on their age and ability. If your daughter is interested in attending with a friend please note that on the application form. If you have any further queries on the school please email us directly on padraicmoyles@riverdance.com
all the best

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