Dance Ireland CEO Paul Johnson welcomed to Ballet Ireland board
At Ballet Ireland's recent AGM, Dance Ireland's Chief Executive, Paul Johnson was welcomed to their board of directors, alongside Gerardine Connolly (Chair), Louise Carpendale (Secretary), Heather Kennedy, Una O'Hare and Eilis Quinlan.
Speaking on his appointment as a member of the Board of Directors, Paul said:
"I am honoured and humbled to be appointed to the board and look forward to working alongside such a vibrant and dynamic group of committed and exceptionally talented people. I hope to make some contribution to the company’s on-going development.
Ballet Ireland plays a significant and valuable role in Irish cultural life. It is one of our national treasures. I look forward to working, under the strong leadership of Gerardine and the directors, in partnership with Anne, Martin and the dancers on making Ballet Ireland even stronger into the future."
About Ballet Ireland
BALLET IRELAND presents both traditional full-length classics and new commissioned ballets which resonate with audiences of the 21st century. The originality of Ballet Ireland’s work has attracted a company of highly trained international dancers, who are recognised by audiences and critics for their individual style and razor sharp technique.
Established in 1998 by Gunther Falusy and Anne Maher, each spring and autumn the company performs in large scale theatres in Dublin and provincial venues throughout Ireland. Touring affords the opportunity for our regional audiences to access and enjoy professional ballet and to inspire young and talented students all over Ireland.
In addition to professional performances, we are champions of cultivating future talent. The company’s summer schools, held in theatres throughout the country, provide aspiring young students with week-long workshops. These workshops culminate in onstage performances with dancers from the company. Throughout the year there are additional programmes for primary and secondary school students, both for those with and without formal training. These opportunities create unforgettable experiences for the participants and their families.
In 2013 we were honoured when President Michael D. Higgins became our Patron. As our support grows, we will continue to mentor young dancers, our collaborations with leading arts organisations will strengthen and increase opportunities for leading dancers, choreographers and designers to work with the company.