We nourish dance and creative physical expression

Shawbrook is a haven for dance set on a traditional 18th century farm 
in a forest of oak, ash and beech trees in Co Longford, Ireland. 
Recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for dance and performance, Shawbrook has fostered a nurturing environment of dance creativity for over 30 years. From humble beginnings, Shawbrook is now home to dance studios, a theatre, an outdoor studio, forest walks and a range of on-site accommodation, including Forest Cabins in the woods. Our centre is open to professional companies alongside vocational students and Youth Dance Co. Our annual programme includes the Shawbrook Residential Summer School running since 1984, Shawbrook Forest Festival and annual Artists-in-residence programmes. 

We now also rent out our unique forest cabins via AirBnB


studios and retreats

Take a look at the beautiful studios and accommodation we have carefully developed at Shawbrook.

Pass on through

An international dance mecca - you are hit by creative ions floating around the farmhouse courtyard the minute you set foot in Shawbrook. You could run into anyone here, from London opera composers and costumer designers and Royal Ballet dancers.
— Deirdre Mulroony, Irish Times 2012

Residential Summer School

Week long courses for students and pre-professionals with Internationally acclaimed dancers and choreographer. 

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Shawbrook’s calm, quiet, open and creative atmosphere provided me with the time, space and resources to focus on a collection of movement phrases I was working with. The absence of pressure allowed time to play, experiment, fail, and fail better.
— Jessie Keenan, Artist-in-Residence 2014