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Dr. Elaine Murtagh

Building the Complete Dancer: Optimising Health, Performance and Longevity in Irish Dance

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Summary of the impact:

Irish dance is amongst Ireland’s most successful cultural exports, with current figures showing over 10,000 qualified Irish dancing teachers operating in thousands of schools in over 30 countries internationally. The decades since Riverdance, the critically acclaimed Irish music and dance stage show, have seen monumental developments in the complexity of Irish dance. This has precipitated markedly increased injury incidence, comparable to that in ballet and contemporary dance.

Mr. Richard Cotterell

Prof Michael Mc Carthy

Prof Harry Van Den Akker

Dr Eamonn De Barra

Dr David Hoey

Dr Vanessa Egan

Dr Patrick J Frawley

Dr Tara Dalton