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Dr Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain

PhD

Biography

                                         

Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain is an ethnochoreologist and Course

Director of the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance programme at the Irish

World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland, where she

teaches Irish dance skills, Irish music and dance studies, Western Art Dance History,

Music and Dance education and ethnochoreology to undergraduate and postgraduate

students. As an accomplished performer and teacher of Irish music song and dance,

she delivers workshops and seminars internationally and is a recognized expert in the

Irish traditional music and dance world featuring in many broadcasts and

documentaries on radio and television as cultural commentator. Her book The

Terminology of Irish Dance was published in 2008 by Macater Press and in 2013 she

was commissioned by Dance Ireland to write and article on Contemporary Irish step

dance. Her current research involves collaborative work with physiotherapists

Amanda Clifford and Joanne Shanahan to investigate the feasibility of set dancing for

people with Parkinson’s, and with designer and illustrator Michael Mc Cabe with

whom she has secured Arts Council Funding to publish an illustrated history of Irish

set dance tunes.

Research Interests

Creative processes and competition culture within the Irish step dance idiom; music and dance of the Diaspora;the relationship between music and dance; Music , dance and education;Limerick Soundscape and Arts in Health.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2010 University Of Limerick - PhD
  • 1998 University Of Limerick - Master of Arts

Association

  • Chairperson, ICTM Ireland
  • Board member, Dance Research Forum Ireland
  • Member of Castletroy Branch, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
  • member, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha

Employment

  • Williams College MA USA - Guest Artist in Dance Spring 2003
  • An Roinn Oideachais Milford Primary School Limerick - Oide Scoile
  • Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál Luimneach - Assistant lecturer in Physical Education
  • University of Limerick - Lecturer in Dance

Language

  • French
  • Gaeilge

Committee

  • Irish World Academy Co-ordination Group,
  • BA Course Board,
  • Blas Academic Board,
  • Research Academy Panel,
  • Library Committee,
  • AHSS Management Committee,
  • Coiste na Gaeilge,
  • AHSS Faculty Board,

Outreach

  • Regular performances at Milford Hospice Limerick.
     
    I have led dance workshops  with students at  schools  in Limerick City and County.
     

Publications

Book

2008

The Terminology of Irish Dance
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

Conference Contribution

2012

Comhrá Ceoil Symposium
Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, Sandra Joyce, Niall Keegan, Catherine Foley

2012

Tower Seminar Series
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Aileen Dillane, Tríona Ní Shíocháin, Margaret Harper, Michael Griffin

2011

ICTM International
Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, Krisitn Harris Walsh,Kathleen Flanagan

2011

Irish Dance in Russia
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2010

Ethnochoreology Sub Group, ICTM. International
Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, Catherine Foley, Breandán de Gallaí

2010

ICTM Ireland Conference
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Niall Keegan

2008

Dance Research Forum Ireland
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2007

Musicology Conference
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2007

Dance as Art
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2007

Cultúr agus Gaeilge
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2006

Dance Research Forum Ireland
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2005

A.E.D.E.I.
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2005

Close to the floor
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2005

Irish Studies Symposium
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2003

Comhaimhseartha Seminar Series.
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

2003

Dance History Scholars Conference
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain

Other Publication