LÉIM was an innovative piece of action research, offering selected participants the opportunity to undertake a personal and collective professional leadership development journey in organisations with a high degree of expertise in dance both in their own countries and the EU.

Led by Dance Ireland (IE) in partnership with CSC /Bassano del Grappa (IT), Dance House Lemesos (CY), Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES) and TanzHaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE), LÉIM was a 2-year cooperation project financed by the EU Culture 2007-2013 Programme.

Ten participants (2 from each country) were invited to learn, research, exchange and implement their dance projects while interacting within new cultural contexts. Together, and with the support of the host organisations and their artistic communities, they were able to experience best practice, share ideas and create new models of working, in order to address the core leadership needs of dance artists and dance institutions.

Uniquely, selected participants were free to pursue their own ideas within the context of LÉIM, which offered professional development opportunities including; training, mentoring, support and encouragement, as well as challenge and practical engagement.

Participants engaged in 3 different modules:

MODULE A: Training sessions

MODULE B: Work placements

MODULE C: Project implementation

Built upon principles of sharing and exchange of artistic and managerial approaches in the development of dance practices, participants had access to an extensive international network of artists, cultural operators and institutions through which they got the chance to learn and present themselves as active cultural players. Mobility, transfer of knowledge, exchange of information and exposure to different artistic communities, audiences and local contexts were the main principles upon which this professional development opportunity was implemented.

Throughout the programme, participants were supported and guided by different selected mentors, both internal to the organisations and external.

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