Ciara is an honours B.A. graduate in Irish music and dance from the University of Limerick. At the age of three, Ciara began dancing under the instruction of her mother Anne Callanan. In 2001, she continued her competitive career with Michael Ryan, whose love of dance and amazing work ethic hugely influenced Ciara’s dance journey. Seven times provincial champion and a top 10 World championship medal holder for eight consecutive years, Ciara has toured extensively with shows such as Ragus-the Show, Irish Legends and Titanicdance. She has shared the stage with The Chieftains, De Danann and Tèada and has choreographed shows for Siamsa Tíre – The National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Ciara also enjoys playing harp, whistle and piano and has travelled the world playing music with her father Seán Ryan.
Throughout Ciara’s competitive dance career, it was always her dream to perform with Riverdance. Having attended the 2015 Riverdance Summer School in Dublin, she was thrilled to be chosen to dance with Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre and then go on to tour the world. Ciara was delighted to return as head mentor and chaperone for the 2016 and 2017 Summer Schools in Boston and Dublin.
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.
A Masters graduate in Traditional Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy, winner of the coveted Corn TG4 at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, choreographer and performer Liam Ó Scanláin’s art is firmly rooted in a sean nós and percussive dance tradition.
Liam is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist, an Arts Council Next Generation recipient, and has received the honour of being invited to perform for President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Having performed with numerous Irish music and dance acts across Europe, Canada, Russia, Japan and New Zealand, Liam was part of the Irish-Québécois collaboration, Sokalo Remix, with Montréal based Zeugma Danse between 2015 and 2017. In 2018, Liam choreographed for Preab Meadar, aconcert of sean nós song, music and dance, based on the irregular time signatures of the medieval Dán Díreach.
Described as “disarmingly simple, authentic, captivating and joyous” (No More Workhorse), Liam’s first solo choreography, Nascanna, premiered as part of ‘First Looks’at Dublin Dance Festival before performing at Leitrim Dance Week,Laois Dance Platform, ‘Tanzmesse’ Dusseldorf, ‘What’s Next? Festival’ – Limerick, ‘Echo Echo Festival’Derry, and as part of ‘New Ireland Dance – Choreographies of Nowness’at 92Y in New York and Project Arts Centre Dublin.
Through his role at the Leitrim Dance Project and as a regular tutor at the Irish World Academy, Liam is keen to see the nurturing and development of a living traditional dance community. Liam is regularly sought after to facilitate workshops and has taught extensively at festivals across both at home in Ireland and internationally. In 2018, in association with fellow dancer Martin Hughes, Liam founded B.E.O. Dance to promote a revival in awareness, participation and enjoyment of traditional dance amongst children, teenagers and adults.
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