Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain lectures on the BA in Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. In 1998 she completed a Masters in Ethnochoreology at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. In 2010 Orfhlaith completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Limerick. Her research interests include, Irish Dance among the Diaspora and examining creative processes in the context of Competitive Irish Solo Step Dance.

She is a registered Irish Dance teacher T.C.R.G. and adjudicator A.D.C.R.G. with An Coimisiún le Rinci Gaelacha. She has traveled extensively to workshops and Step Dance Competitions throughout Europe and North America as a tutor from the renowned Scoil Rince Ui Ruairc and dance accompanist. Recently she completed a residency at Williams College MA where she was employed as guest artist in dance. Orfhlaith is a former Co-Director of Blas International Summer School of Traditional Irish Music and Dance held at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and is Dance Co-ordinator on the BA programme. She is currently vice- chair person of Dance Research Forum Ireland and Treasurer of I.C.T.M. Ireland. She has authored a book entitled The Terminology of Irish Dance.


Cahalan, R., Kearney, P., Ni Bhriain, O., Redding, E., Quin, E., McLaughlin, L.C. & O’ Sullivan, K. (2018). Dance exposure, wellbeing and injury in collegiate Irish and contemporary dancers: A prospective study. Physical Therapy in Sport. 34: 77-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.09.006

Shanahan, J., Morris, M.E., Ni Bhriain, O., Volpe, D., Lynch, T. & Clifford, A.M. (2017). Dancing for Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Trial of Irish Set Dancing Compared With Usual Care. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 98 (9): 1744-1751. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2017.02.017

Challis, J., Cahalan, R., Cronin, L., Reeves, S., & Ni Bhriain, O. (2017). Nutrition knowledge of Irish Dancers. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 76 (OCE4): E165. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665117003275

Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, P., Purtill, H., Bargary, N., Ni Bhriain, O. & O'Sullivan, K. (2016). Pain/injury Irish dance – a prospective study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 26 (6): 694-702. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.12492

Shanahan, J., Coman, L., Ryan, F., Saunders, J., O'Sullivan, K., Ni Bhriain, O., Clifford, A.M. (2016). To dance or not to dance? A comparison of balance, physical fitness and quality of life in older Irish set dancers and age-matched controls. Public Health. 141: 56-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.07.015