Dance

BREANDÁN DE GALLAÍ

Dancer, choreographer and dance academic Breandán de Gallaí’s involvement with dance is multifaceted. In his capacity as artist director and choreographer of dance company Ériu, Breandán explores the poetic potential of the Irish dance form and presents work that is explorative and innovative in a contemporary context. He has created several works, most notably Walls Talk, Salómae, Aon, Lïnger, Rite of Spring and Noċtú.

As a dance scholar Breandán interest lies in the contemporisation of Irish dance. He completed a performance-based doctorate in 2013, the first of its kind in the world. His PhD in Arts Practice title is – “Imeall-Siúl: A Choreographic Exploration of Expressive Possibilities in Irish dance”. He earned an MA in Ethnochoreology in 2009, and was external examiner for the MA in Traditional Irish Dance Performance at the University of Limerick from 2004 – 2008. Breandán has held the positions of Course Director of the Arts Practice PhD programme and the MA Irish Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. He is currently Course Director of the BA Irish Dance at the university.

As a dancer, Breandán toured with Riverdance from 1994 – 2003, 7 of which in the position of principal dancer. In 2007 he returned to Riverdance as Dance Director. His training is predominately in Irish step dancing, but is passionate about many dance genres and in 1988 he graduated from the Gus Giordano Dance Academy, Chicago, having been awarded a scholarship to study Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap dance.

Breandán held the position of artist in residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2008/9, and in County Cavan 2011/12. He regularly presents TV programmes for RTÉ and TG4 and acts in TG4’s popular soap opera Ros na Rún. He also holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics. Breandán is currently developing 2 new works for 2021: The Village with Ériu, and Balor with the youth branch of the company – Na Mic Ua gCorra.

 

 

COLIN DUNNE

Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance, who has made the cross over into contemporary dance and theatre. Best known internationally for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, he has been forging a new creative path since his time as artist in residence at University of Limerick where he completed an MA in contemporary dance in 2002. In 2007 he was nominated for a UK Critics Circle National Dance Award (best male: modern dance) for performances at The Barbican in Fabulous Beast’s production of The Bull.

His first solo show Out of Time (2008) was nominated for a 2010 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in dance, and toured internationally until 2016 including performances at Biennale de Lyon, Barbican, London and Baryshnikov Arts Centre, NY. His most recent solo show CONCERT, based on the music of Irish fiddle player Tommie Potts, received the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award for Music Collaboration.

Recent collaborations include: Session (2019) with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Whitby (2017) with Joan Sheehy, Edges of Light (2016 commissioned by Music Network), and 20 Dancers for the XX Century (2015 Boris Charmatz, at the Tate Museum London).

 

 

 

SIBÉAL DAVITT

Sibéal Davitt is a Dublin dance artist and performer from Dublin. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional ‘sean-nós’ dance, having trained in all styles from an early age.

In 2009 she won ‘Glas Vegas’, a national talent competition televised on TG4, and subsequently performed in Las Vegas and at leading venues around the world. In 2014 Sibéal received her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance with first class honours at University of Limerick. Subsequently she was awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency Award under world renowned performer Colin Dunne.

As part of the 1916 commemorations, Sibéal choreographed and performed in RTÉ’s ‘Centenary’ which was televised live on Easter Monday from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. In April 2016, Sibéal created and performed Fógraím / I Proclaim at the GPO as part of ‘Embodied’, a series of 6 solos by Irish female choreographers commissioned by GPO: Witness History Public Art Commission and Dublin Dance Festival.

In 2019 Sibéal was one of five recipients of An Chomhairle Ealaíon’s inaugural Markievicz award. She was Dance Ireland’s Associate Artist in 2020 and used these supports to begin the process of making new works. Her latest solo dance show Minseach premiered at Draíocht in Blanchardstown as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. The show was critically acclaimed and is set to return in 2023.

 

 

 

SIOBHÁN MANSON

Siobhán Manson began dancing in her hometown of Galway with the world-renowned Hession School. For the next ten years Siobhan competed at local, national and international level winning numerous titles. At the young age of seventeen she began her professional career touring with Celtic Legends in France and French Polynesia. In 2004 Siobhán was offered a full time position with the broadway phenomenon Riverdance and spent the next fifiteen years on and off the road with the European, American and Asian companies. After only a year with Riverdance Siobhán was asked to train for the lead role. She had her debut as principal dancer in Dublin at the Gaiety Theatre in 2005.

In 2007 Siobhán took a break from dancing and returned to college to finish a degree in History and English and went on to complete a masters degree in history. On completion of her studies Siobhan returned to the stage when she was asked to feature in an exciting new production Women of Ireland with whom she returned to the U.S. and Asia. In 2013 Siobhan was honoured to join Sky T.V’s Got to Dance winners, Prodijig, on their debut tour throughout Ireland and the U.K that ended with a stint on the West End in Sadler’s Well’s Peacock Theatre.

Throughout her career Siobhán has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues; The Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A, to name but a few. She has had the honour of performing for Empress Michiko of Japan in Tokyo, the First Lady of America, Michelle Obama, and performing live for over a billion viewers at the Chinese 2009 New Year festival broadcast in Beijing.

Siobhán’s most recent dance project was a collaboration with a band called Project West. They have just finished a 100-date tour of the US. Siobhan is currently a member of Breandain de Gallai’s dance company Éiru (@eriudance) who showcase throughout Ireland and abroad. Éiru are working on a project, The Village, to be premiered in 2022. Siobhán is currently undertaking an Arts Practice PhD through The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She is residing in Galway and running The Irish Dance Experience.

 

 

 

MICHAEL RYAN

Michael Ryan, a native of Co. Tipperary has been teaching Irish-dancing for over 20 years throughout Waterford, Cork and Tipperary. With a school of dedicated and accomplished pupils his is recognized internationally as one of the premier Irish-dancing schools. As well as having pupils ranked and title-holders of major championships such as All-Ireland, Munster, Great Britain, British Nationals, All-Scotland, and of course the World Championships he encourages and directs his pupils to pursue performance Irish Dance.

Michael is also a valued member of the faculty at The University of Limerick where he is a tutor of the B.A. and M.A. programme in The Irish Academy of Music and Dance. When not in class in Ireland, he is often invited to teach master classes in Australia, Canada and the U.S.A, to name a few.

Michael is also renowned for his choreography of such well-known shows as Flames of the Dance, The Booley House, Draíocht, and of course Ragus. Ragus has been touring the world for the past 13 years and is notably one of the best live shows to date.

Michael believes in encouraging his pupils to take part in shows when they are not busy practising for dance championships. “Shows and events like Take The Floor help keep dance alive and are a great showcase for the student’s talents”, comments Michael. As a result, many of his former pupils have gone on to have very successful dance careers in their own right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Please note all teachers are subject to change.