Contemporary Irish Dance

Every Monday from Mon 9 Apr 2018 - Mon 9 Jul 2018
20:00 - 21:00
€12 drop-in, term rates available - contact Oran (details below) for more information.
All Levels
Oran Leong

An Irish dance with a spinal twist, a contemporary phrase with a sidestep. Learn an exciting new approach to bring two very different genres together. Develop greater flexibility, strength, speed and body coordination in this embodied and energetic class. 

What you'll experience: An integrated warm-up with technical drills will lead on to longer passages. The movement draws from the steps and rhythms of Irish dance, combined with contemporary dance practice to avail of the whole body incorporating the pelvis, spine, arms, neck and head. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace as the sequences get progressively more physical. 

What to wear: Comfortable clothing (e.g. sportswear) is essential. No shoes necessary. 

Level: This is an open level class and ideal for Irish dancers who are looking for a different, yet familiar, way of moving. While a foundation in a movement style is beneficial, it is suitable for both enthusiastic beginners and for those with some experience in Irish and / or contemporary dance. (The YouTube video is an insight to the type of movement. The class material, however, will be delivered to meet the common level of the participants.)



Oran is a recent graduate of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. During his time there, he studied with a number of national and international practitioners of contemporary dance, Irish dance, aerial dance and screendance. He is a Dublin Youth Dance Company alumnus through which he used to participate in the Dublin Dance Festival and the Irish Youth Dance Festival. His screendance Soiléir Doiléir was shortlisted for the Outstanding National / International Student Work Award at the Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2017.

With nearly two decades of competitive Irish dance experience, Oran is a qualified Irish dance teacher (TCRG) and remains a part of the feis world by assisting at competitions and offering workshops to dancers of all ages and levels. He holds three World titles and numerous other championship titles.

In the summer of 2017 he was accepted into the highly competitive Step Up: Dance Project where he worked with UK award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke to create RAVENOUS which toured nationwide. During the project's repertory programme he also studied with choreographers Marguerite Donlon and Catherine Young. Since then he has entered RAVENOUS into the Limerick FRiNGE 2018. With support from Dance Limerick, he is managing various aspects of the show to stage two performances with his fellow Step Up dancers on 6 & 7 April.

This summer Oran will have the pleasure of working with artist / producer Kristyn Fontanella, who has received the Traditional Arts Project Award from the Irish Arts Council to produce a full dance production of IN LiMBO.

For further information:

  • Telephone: 085 762 1330
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