Emma O’Kane

Emma O’Kane is a freelance dance artist, choreographer, performer, dance educator, teacher and workshop facilitator.

She trained at the Perm State Choreographic Academy, Russia. She has performed in Russia, China, USA, Australia, Great Britain, Germany and Italy.

Her work has strongly influenced the Irish contemporary dance and theatre landscape in the last twenty years through her performance and choreographic work. Her practice focuses on personal, political and embodied histories.

Emma’s work has been funded by the Arts Council (The Ballet Ruse 2010 - 2011 & Jockey 2015) commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival (160 Voices 2016) and Bealtaine (A Life of Play 2018) and St Patrick’s Festival (Terra Firmish 2019).

Recent choreographic credits include Iarscoiláire, premiere at Dublin International Film Festival 2020 and Olivier award- winning actor Pat Kinevane's latest play, Before having also collaborated on Underneath. She has been a core member of CoisCéim Dance Theatre since 2001 performing in over 20 productions both nationally and internationally.

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She has worked with many of the leading dance, theatre & opera companies including Rough Magic, Anu Productions, Fishamble, Willfredd Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Prime Cut Productions & Opera Ireland.

Through a YPCE Arts Council Bursary she created the course content for Creative Dance for primary school teachers and children which is being taught in schools throughout Ireland. She is an advocate of the positive physical, emotional and mental impact that dance can have and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of this through teaching and facilitating workshops.

She has facilitated dance workshops for CoisCèim BROADREACH, Arts Disability Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association, National Youth Council of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Festival. Dance Europe voted Emma Outstanding Dancer of the Year.

Emma has a first class honours MA in Dance from the University of Limerick. 

Headshot: Conor Horgan