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Contemporary Dance Workshop

A dynamic and energetic contemporary workshop that will include a warm-up of floorwork, release work, and full-bodied phrases of movement. We will explore creatively how we make shows here at Róisín Whelan Dance by partaking in creative tasks which mimic our process of creation while also touching on some repertoire from our most recent show ‘The Galaxy of Occupations, which is premiering at the Tipperary Dance Festival in October of this year. The workshop will be a fun, joyous and challenging occasion regardless of level or previous dance experience.


Róisin Whelan

Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer

Róisín Whelan is an award-winning artist born in Carlow. She is creating highly physical and technically demanding work with strong narratives that are accessible to all regardless of their age, gender, or socio-economic background. Recent choreographic work includes, Man Down Stage Show, which premiered at VISUAL Carlow 2022, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Man Down (Film) 2021, funded by LD Dance Performance Residency, Bank of Ireland Begin Together Award, in association with Business to Arts; In The End, We Begin (Film) commissioned by Dancer From the Dance Festival of Irish Choreographer / John Scott. In 2021 Róisín led a large-scale community development project with VISUAL Carlow, bringing creative movement sessions to the homes of people aged sixty-five and over, to combat the effects of isolation.

Róisín is the recipient of the inaugural Propel Award, a three-year-long artist development and mentorship program funded by the Strollers Network, Ireland’s largest consortium of Arts Centres and a member of the Northern Ireland Opera Open Studio as an Emerging Choreographer for the 21/22 season. A previous recipient of the LD Dance Performance Residency 2021, Backstage Theatre Activate Residency 2020 & 2021, Dance Ireland Regional Residency Award 2020 & 2021; Ballet Ireland Emerging Choreographer Award, an Arts Council Dance Bursary Award 2020, and Tipperary Dance Fellowship Award 2020.

Róisín is currently creating a new show commissioned by Dublin City Council Creative Hubs Award and Tipperary Dance Festival for young audiences titled ‘The Galaxy of Occupations’ and has just finished a new show commissioned by Ballet Ireland for the company repertoire. ‘The Glasshosue’ will start touring October 2022 onwards.

Róisín holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts and Master of Performance (Distinction) from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Before setting up her own company, she performed extensively with Black Box Dance Company (Denmark) and Matthew Bourne’s award-winning New Adventures (UK). Róisín continues to perform in Ireland and the UK as a dancer on stage and on screen and teaches professionally for several dance organisations.


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