Meet the Member: Sibéal Davitt

Sibéal is a dance artist and performer from Dublin- she is the 2020 Associate Artist with Dance Ireland. Sibeal performs and makes work throughout Ireland, as well as teaching dance... you may know her from her Sean Nos classes in Dancehouse! To find out more about her, head over to her website here.

How long have you been dancing?

I’ve been dancing since I was 4 years old. I was a hyperactive child so I needed an outlet for all my energy

 What is your earliest memory of dancing?

I always loved performing, even if it mean’t tormenting my family members by making them watch my ‘shows’ as a kid. I used to dance to Michael Jackson and Madonna and I wore a lot of my records out until they were all scratched. Dance was always an escape for me and I looked forward to getting home from school everyday and dancing around the living room for hours!

What has been your favourite performance to date and why?

Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young. I saw it at Dublin Dance Festival in 2016 and it blew me away.

What choreographer and their work, mean the most to you?

Dance artists are making some really wonderful work in Ireland at the moment. I think it’s a great time for dance at the moment.

What is like when you on the road, touring a show?

Life on the road can be very tough. Travelling is exhausting and the hours can be long but its can also be such a laugh and sometimes it’s when the best friendships are built. 

What is the diet and fitness routine like, of a professional dancer?

I eat a lot of food to keep myself going. Dancers need fuel so whatever it takes to keep the engine running! I’ve had one or two injuries and many ailments over the years so I find it really important to do weight training to manage that. My knees can get really sore so I make sure to keep my glutes and other muscle groups strong in the gym. I usually don’t bother with cardio in the gym because I get that from dancing and teaching.  I do lots of yoga too, about 1-4 times a week depending on how much free time I have. It’s great for the body and mind.

Favourite music to dance to?

Electronic!

What do you do, for fun, when you are not dancing?

Going to see dance! Reading, watching films, yoga, listening to podcasts and playing with my cat Sabrina.

What does dance mean to you?

Everything!

Desert island…you can bring three things. What do you bring?

Aw man that’s too hard. I always try to get a list together when I listen to Desert Island Discs but I can never finish it!

If people wanted to see you, where could they find you on a regular day?

I’m somewhere different everyday but I spend at lot of time at DanceHouse between residencies and evening classes so probably there!