Roisin Whelan

Roisin was a recipient of a Dance Ireland Residencies in DanceHouse 2020 and 2021. In 2020, she was supported by Dance Ireland’s Emerging Artist HATCH Award.

Roisin began her professional training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she completed her Bachelor in Performing in Arts and Masters in Performance, graduating with first class hons and receiving the Kathleen Tatterstall leadership Award. Roisin went on to join Black Box Dance Company, touring Denmark and Sweden throughout 2018 and 2019.

In 2019 Roisin joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures professional company for their UK tour of Romeo and Juliet where she performed for seven months in cities across the UK. From October 2019 Roisin joined the company as a dance artist, teaching company class and the companies work to children and adults across the UK .Following this tour Roisin joined Arielle Smith’s Project Dot. for their UK tour of L.O.V.E and in 2020 joined Balbir Singh Dance Company to perform across multiple shows and facilitate company projects.

In 2021 Roisin has worked with Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company on their new show ‘Turnstile’ , Minte Wolde Dance, The Silence of Mercy and will be working with Laura Macken, IMDT Dancer from the Dance festival and Laois Dance Platform later this year whilst creating her new works. In 2020 Roisin received a Dance Ireland Emerging Artist Award and Ballet Ireland's Emerging Choreographer Award. Roisin is successfully funded by Arts Council Ireland as a Bursary and Professional Development Award recipient (2020 and 2021). In 2021 she will be developing a new children’s show entitled ‘The Galaxy of Occupations’. Roisin also received Business to Arts funding from the Bank of Ireland, Begin together fund to create ‘Man Down’. Roisin has been supported by LD Dance Shawbrook, Dance Ireland and Backstage Theatre Longford as artist in residence (2020) and will be creating her new works with the support of VISUAL Carlow, Tipperary Dance Platform, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Shawbrook Dance this year.

Róisín will be joining Northern Ireland Opera as an Emerging Choreographer for the 2021/22 open studio season.


See Roisin's showreel below.