Directors encompass a wide variety of key skills in artistic programming, choreography, dance, legal affairs, marketing and project management.
Dance Ireland Board of Directors:
Marion Ryan, Chairperson
Aoife Duff, Secretary
Directors are elected from the membership at AGM and also co-opted. All co-opted positions are endorsed at AGM. Directors are appointed to serve an initial 2-year term (renewable), up to a maximum of 6 years. The board meets quarterly, in addition to AGM and other meetings as required.
The board is mindful of its responsibilities to ensure that the correct skill set is in place, and is committed to recruiting as follows: four places will be filled through co-option and five places filled through membership election. The board maintains its commitment to ensuring gender, geographical spread and genre representation at all times.
The board is committed to regular reviews, and has developed the Dance Ireland Governance Framework, a suite of documents, setting out the policies and procedures, systems and procedures and policies informing how it conducts its business, and how we comply with the standards set out in the Principles of Good Governance. The responsibility for Dance Ireland is vested in the board of directors, with management delegated to the Chief Executive and executive team.
Marion Ryan, Chairperson
Marion Ryan is the General Manager for Intel Shannon and also leads a global Program Management Office for one of the Networking business groups in Intel.
Over her 15-year career in Intel, she has established and grown a strong Program Management organizations which have become recognized for providing significant business value to the groups which its support. Throughout her thirty years of Industry experience in the Healthcare, Finance & Telecommunications sectors, Marion has placed a strong focus on developing her people, managerial & leadership skills through various Management roles she has held. She is a strong advocate for Diversity & Inclusion and for Leadership Development and she plays an active role across Intel in driving key initiatives and programs that enable people to achieve their next level of potential.
Outside of work, Marion has a keen interest in Irish Music & Irish Dance. Prior to pursuing her Computer Science career path, she achieved a B.Mus. in Classical music followed by a Masters in Irish traditional Music from UCC. She also holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Marion was co-opted to the board in Sep 2022.
Experience in Non profit Sector, Public Sector, Arts management
Emma Morgan has worked in the across the non-profit and public sectors for 15 years. She has a background specialising in income generation, business development and organisational strategy. She is a senior manager in the civil service with a current focus on heritage, public engagement, organisational change and project management. formerly the vice-chair and development board member for Helium Arts, and currently board member with the National Youth Orchestra and career mentor with For Purpose.
She holds an MA from University College Dublin in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, the focus of which was how charitable organisations use arts-based programmes and products as part of their fundraising mix. In her spare time, she is a painter and, in the past, has participated in community art projects and had illustrations published for a small not profit publication entitled “what not to say”. She has a passion for dance and has participated in a range of genres over the years including Irish and most recently aerial amongst other styles.
Emma was co-opted to the board at the AGM in Sep 2022.
Favour Odusola (Proud African King) is a Nigerian Irish multidisciplinary artist based in Dublin Ireland. He has worked across several contexts from traditional dance & percussion to commercial work and contemporary theatre for over 15 years in Europe, Africa, and UAE. Favour is a theatre art (Dance Major) and a Business Administration Masters graduate.
He was the recipient of the Arts Council Agility Award 2021 and 2022, the AIC artist in the community scheme award 2021, and a recipient of 2021 Create Autumn school on cultural diversity and collaborative practice. He has worked and toured with: Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dublin Youth Dance Company, Cork Midsummer Festival, Mother Tongues festival, Rob Heapslip, Rua Red theatre, Black Canvas, Top 8 several dance schools and companies all across Ireland
Favour acted, danced and worked extensively on many stage and film production sets back in Nigeria and now in Dublin with faces such as Jamie Foxx, to mention a few.
Favour recently co-founded his dance and entertainment company UMAKOKO with various dance-related services.
Favour is very adventurous, looking for new ways to use dance as a tool to be of relevance, for social integration, education, and proper implementation. He is currently on research to create a dance film/series.
Favour was elected to the Board in September 2022.
Choreographer, Director, Producer
As a choreographer/dance artist Kristyn Fontanella focuses her past knowledge of Irish step dancing and presents it in a contemporary context.
Having toured for many years with Riverdance, Lord of the Dance & as lead soloist in Gaelforce Dance, her current mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations.
Kristyn's duet with Sibéal Davitt, 'As We Know It' was an early success, showing in NYC, Dublin Dance Festival, Marseille New Danse Festival, & Tanzmesse Germany. Her ensemble work, IN LiMBO, which has had continued support from the Arts Council, recently completed its seven venue Irish National Tour in February 2020, and has future international touring opportunities.
For Galway 2020 Kristyn was involved in two projects; Plurabella, a solo dance film commissioned by Ríonach Ní Néill (Hope it Rains) and a site-specific dance piece with Dansnest (NL) through Galway Dance Project.
Her most recent show is a new traditional dance comedy 'The Competition... an interactive feis' which premier in 2021 to great success online and will continue to be performed as a hybrid format.
Alongside her choreography, Kristyn has developed her skills as a producer for fellow dance artists. She believes working along like-minded individuals to present and share their work will widen the market for dance in Ireland. www.kristynfontanella.com
Kristyn was elected to the board at AGM in September 2021.
Within his professional practice Rob Heaslip works internationally as a choreographer, dancer, movement director and teacher. He creates his own ensemble work as well as collaborative works, spanning dance theatre, live performance, installation, dance-on-screen, T.V. & Film.
Rob began his career with the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, training at both the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at The University of Limerick.
As an artist he is interested in how he can re-imagine human rituals for the viewer of today; asking how can the performing body be a vessel for intertwining dance, voice and design? His style combines movement and theatricality with mythos, neon lights, synth music and contemporary aesthetics to portray stories about people, how they think, move and act amongst each other.
Rob’s work has been presented in Ireland, U.K., U.S.A., Sweden, Spain, Germany and China, with highlights including The Made In Scotland Showcase at Edinburgh Fringe, Dublin Dance Festival, AGITART, and Dance International Glasgow.
Rob was elected to the board at AGM in September 2022.