Meet the Members: Roisin Whelan

Roisin is a performer and choreographer, from Carlow, and currently living in the U.K.. To find out more about her training and experience, see here.

How long have you been dancing? 

I’ve been dancing since I was young although I did gymnastics for a long time, once I finished gymnastics I started dancing around thirteen where I started with Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Modern.

What is your earliest memory of dancing? 

My earliest memory of dancing is playing the mice in cinderella, I always played the animals for some reason rather than the pretty princesses.

Where did you train? 

I trained in the ballet barn in Carlow and in Shawbrook in Longford. I went to Inchicore for one year and following this I went to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds where I did a Bachelor in Performing Arts and a Masters in performance.

What has been your favourite performance to date and why?

I have to say my favourite memory on stage has to be my first show with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. It was such a massive scale and performing to thousands of people all night was incredible.

Favourite music to dance to? 

My favourite music to dance to is definitely some old fashioned 80’s tunes. My dad used to play the music of The Police, The Eagles, David bowie and many more. I think that’s why I love that music to have a good boogie too.

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

When I’m not dancing I just love going to see shows, music, dance, theatre or something totally different. If I’m not dancing you will probably find me in the audience watching someone else.

How has Dance Ireland enabled you as an artist?

Dance Ireland has been a great help for me. They’ve given me loads of opportunities for choreography and have been excellent helping me out with funding bids and understanding the organisation. 

Image Credits: Matilda Maginnis