Honey & Lemon

Mermaid’s New Dance Artists in Residence

Mermaid Arts Centre is delighted to welcome and support Honey & Lemon as our Dance Artist in Residence. Honey & Lemon are multidisciplinary entertainers who experiment with dance, voice and film to blur the boundaries of contemporary dance. Founded as a creative partnership in 2020 by artists Millie Daniel-Dempsey and Amy Robyn Lyster, Honey & Lemon is built on a decade of friendship and started as a desire to centre themselves and other women artists in the conversation. Millie & Amy started working together while training professionally in dance in the UK and have each been developing their own practice in Ireland, the UK and Europe as independent performers, makers and facilitators since then. These wide-ranging experiences have a strong influence on their work today, bringing together influences from collaborations and independent projects across the creative spectrum.

During their residency with Mermaid Arts Centre, they will develop a series of community-focused movement workshops as well as collaborating on a new screendance project with participants for 2025.

A note from Honey & Lemon

“We are delighted to be joining Mermaid Arts Centre this year as Artist in Residence with thanks to The Arts Council’s Dance Artist Residency Scheme. While we’re here, we’ll be making sure there are plenty of opportunities for local people to find joy through moving their body and reignite their love for dance. As a woman-led company, we’d particularly love to get to know the women of Bray and find ways to support them in being more confidently creative. We’ll be facilitating movement classes, creative workshops and an open call to collaborate with us on an exciting screendance project - look out for announcements coming soon! As well as getting out and about, we’ll also be taking much needed time for research and rehearsal in the studio following a sell-out run of DOUBLE ACT earlier this year at Project Arts Centre. If you see us in the building, say Hi! We can’t wait to share a boogie with you soon. ”

Keep an eye on our socials over the coming months where we will be announcing an Open Call for workshop and screendance participants.

Photo Babs Daly


In 2023, Honey & Lemon were Dance Artists in Residence at The Civic Theatre in partnership with South Dublin County Council and Offsite Artists with thanks to Irish Theatre Institute and CoisCeim Dance Theatre. They were also recipients of the Assemble Bursary from Axis Arts Centre, following their time as Dance Artists in Residence at the venue in 2022. 

They are previous recipients of the Dance Ireland Mentored Residency Award, which began their ongoing relationship with their mentor, Lea Anderson MBE. Their work has recently been performed at Dancer From the Dance Festival, Five Lamps Arts Festival and Project Arts Centre. In 2024, they debuted their most recent work DOUBLE ACT (★★★★) to a sold out run at Project Arts Centre, a production supported by Mermaid Arts Centre, The Civic Theatre, Irish Theatre Institute, CoisCeim Dance Theatre, Axis Arts Centre and FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival.

Kindly Supported by Arts Council Ireland and Wicklow Arts Office.

Check out their work on Instagram @honeyandlemonltd