Edwina Guckian
Professional

Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, cultural producer and community activist Edwina Guckian hails from outside the village of Drumsna in Co. Leitrim.

Coming from a family steeped in the tradition of music and dance, her style is greatly influenced by the style of local music she grew up with across Leitrim and Roscommon.

Having started teaching dancing at the age of 16, Edwina has now taught her steps and shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most influential acts such as Altan, De Danann, Dervish, Mairtín O Connor, Frankie Gavin, Kíla, Martin Hayes, Séamus Begley, and Laoise Kelly to name a few. She set up Áirc Damhsa Culture Club for youths in her area to have a space to be immersed in traditions and cultures from home and all across the world in a fun and non – competitive environment. Now in its 18th year, the club has over 500 members in 9 counties in Ireland and 1 in New York.

In 2017 Edwina was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation Bursary to support her work on redeveloping the connection between music and movement, musician and dancer.
Edwina is the artistic director of Leitrim Dance Project annually hosting events in the county such as Leitrim Dance Festival and the Effrinagh Crossroads Dance.

In April 2022, Edwina was awarded the Gradam Comaoine TG4 for her outstanding contribution to her community and culture.

Recent work includes:
The Mummers' Join 2022 - The Heritage Council
Sowing the Seed Project 2020 - 2022 (Creative Ireland)
Devil in the Feet – Tyrone Productions Irish Dance Documentary
Modern Day Mummers 2020 – 2021 (Creative Ireland)
Associate Artist at Siamsa Tíre National Folk Theatre of Ireland 2021
Artist in Residency Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo 2020/2021
Produced Film Hunger’s Way with Vincent Woods for Strokestown International Poetry Festival 2021 (Arts Council of Ireland)
Produced Cruinniú na nÓg Flagship event 2020 & 2021 with Creative Ireland – Céilí in the Kitchen
Drawing from the Well Residency at Irish Traditional Music Archives – November 2020
Samhlú – Fíbiín Productions & Creative Ireland Film with TG4 December 2020
Jenny Put The Kettle On Live interviews & podcast series 2019 / 2020 (Arts Council of Ireland)
Open Room – A theatre performance piece with Vincent Woods & Danny Diamond for the Iron Mountain Festival 2018.