Traces Dance Ensemble

Altnasheen in "wisps of words to weave new ways"

TRACES Dance Ensemble is a unique contemporary dance company based in Waterford, Ireland. Their work challenges perceptions about dance and disability by creating and presenting work that communicates potent messages of empowerment and identity. Key to the creative processes are the dancers own reflections, their personal challenges and their roles as advocates for human rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. TRACES dancers contribute to all decision-making and are confident in voicing opinions. They are generous collaborators, hard working, brave and open to challenges. The tangible atmosphere of trust and respect nurtured within the group is communicated to their audiences.

Traces Dance Ensemble was born from an event in the Helix, Dublin, for the 11th World Down Syndrome Congress August 2009.

Their celebrated film I See You See Me (see below) featured in the 12th World Down Syndrome Congress in South Africa 2012.

Traces dancers have danced for the President of Ireland in 2014 and have preformed several times at the annual Dublin Youth Dance Festival.

Traces has gone on to wow audiences nationwide with many innovative and magical contemporary dance theatre performances.


TRACES Dance Ensemble “Living Our Dreams” from Libby Seward on Vimeo.

Soon after Traces Ensemble & Junior Traces was founded and have continued to wow audiences with their interpretive dance.  They have travelled to various Dance festivals throughout Ireland.

In 2012 Traces Dance Ensemble with the generous support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland and the Waterford Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland, Waterford County Council, Waterford City Council and Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford created “I See You See Me”

“‘I See You See Me” conveys with sensitivity and tenderness the relationships between the dancers. Emotions and personal stories are expressed with physical eloquence in a seamless dialogue with the filmmaker. This intimate and engaging short dance film is a testament to the high artistic values embraced by TRACES dancers and artistic team.

Please watch our film…

This Film including a short documentary on The Making of “I See You See Me” is available for purchase. Please contact Garter Lane Box Office to secure a copy. The DVD costs €10

Libby Seward travelled to the 12th World Down Syndrome Congress in South Africa to showcase this film and it was very well received.

Traces Ensemble are always looking for new members age 15 +

and Junior  Traces ages 8- 14

Please contact us if you are interested.

We in the Waterford Branch want to thank Libby Seward for her continuing commitment to our members.


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