Katherine Lewis, RIP.

Dance Ireland expresses its sadness on the death of Irish National Youth Ballet Artistic Director Katherine Lewis.

Speaking on behalf of Dance Ireland, Chief Executive Paul Johnson ‘extends his sincere sympathies to Katherine’s family and heartfelt condolences to her friends, colleagues and all the dancers in Irish National Youth Ballet. She will be sadly missed.’

Katherine Lewis enjoyed a long and varied performing career, encompassing ballet, musical theatre, opera, radio and television. An inspirational teacher, mentor and coach, Katherine became Artistic Director of INYB in 2007.

Katherine began her dancing life with Myrtle Lambkin in Dublin in the 1970s, subsequently continuing her professional training at the Royal Ballet School and Acadamie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo, before joining Irish National Ballet in 1979.

For over a decade, under the directorship of Joan Denise Moriarty, she performed soloist and principal roles, working closely with the choreographers Charles Czarny, Domy Reiter-Soffer, Royston Muldoon and JDM, among others. One of her many memorable roles was that of ‘Widow Quinn’ in Moriaty’s production of Playboy of the Western World, which enjoyed successful tours in Ireland and abroad.