ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Monica Muñoz studied dance at the Folkwang University in Germany and completed her MA in Contemporary Dance Education at the Frankfurt University of Performing Arts. She has performed extensively across the globe for over 20 years with many companies and as a freelance dancer; she was a long standing member of the Tanztheater Freiburg and was voted best dancer from the magazine TanzInternational. In Ireland Mónica has collaborated frequently with CoisCéim Dance Theatre. She teaches contemporary dance in community and education settings (Dance Ireland, Dance Theatre of Ireland, BA in Contemporary Dance University Limerick, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Creative Schools Programme Arts Council)
Gavin Kelly is 26 years old and he has been dancing since he was a child. Gavin focused focused on the style of hip hop since he was 13 years old and have travelled the world learning the art of hip hop whether it be competing in a team, battling solo, taking workshops / classes, or just meeting different crews from all over the world to train. He has won many titles in my time and would be considered one of the best hip hop dancers to come out of Ireland. Gavin loves the classes he teaches and sharing his knowledge of hip hop with others; meeting new people and having fun through hip hop.
Jeanette is a former professional dancer from Toronto, Canada, She has danced with Opera Ireland, Cork City Ballet, Xing Dance Theatre, Danny Grossman Dance Company and for various choreographers in Ireland and Canada. She has also choreographed for numerous productions in Toronto including: Muses, and Before, During, and After (an annual festival of duets).
Dublin based dance artist Emily Kilkenny Roddy graduated 1st Class Hons in Dance Studies (BA) from the University of Chichester in 2016. As well as a commercial and contemporary performer, Emily has trained specifically in choreography and composition and uses a lot of choreographic elements in her class work. Most recent choreographic roles include current choreographer for 2 competitive youth dance companies ( IRE-ITW), previous artist in residence for Five lamps Festival (IRE 2018), choreographer and dancer for Loosysmokes (IRE 2019), director, dramaturg and choreographer for Nine Weeks (Dublin Fringe 2019). Emily has trained in numerous styles and teaches contemporary, lyrical, jazz, commercial and musical theatre across Dublin. Music plays a big part in her classes at CoisCéim and any mover can gain a lot from her high energy classes.
Stephen Brennan started dance training at the Elliott-Clarke School in Liverpool, underwent further training at Bush Davies Schools in East Grinstead, Sussex, before graduating from Central School of Ballet, London. His performing career has spanned thirty-five years, dancing with many of Europe’s ballet companies including London Ballet Theatre, Malmö Stadsteater Balett (Sweden), The National Norwegian Ballet and The Scottish Ballet. Throughout his career Stephen has performed worldwide; guest appearances have included performances in Japan, Greece, Switzerland, Spain and the USA.
Stephen joined Ballet Ireland in 1999 and since his appointment as Education Officer a year later has developed the company’s extensive outreach programme, which includes an associate programme for national schools, performance workshops geared around current repertoire and an annual summer school, hosted across all the provinces of Ireland during the summer months. He has choreographed two short works for Ballet Ireland, ‘Figaro, Factotem’ (2003) and ‘School for Lovers’ (2004), and some forty works for performance by children and young adults.
In addition to his work with Ballet Ireland, Stephen fulfils frequent engagements as guest teacher and coach throughout Ireland. He has collaborated numerous times with productions for Irish National Youth Ballet and currently oversees the INYB Boys’ Associate training programme. Stephen has been teaching adult ballet for CoisCéim’s Broadreach programme since 2010.
Born in Cork, Kilian O’Callaghan trained at Audley School of Dance and Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance before moving to Royal Ballet School in London. He then progressed to The Scottish Ballet where he toured UK, Europe, Hong Kong, and Perth Western Australia, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston South Carolina. He returned to Perth to join the West Australian Ballet as Soloist Dancer, touring extensively in Western Australia and Northern Territory. In 1988, Kilian joined Royal New Zealand Ballet and was soon promoted to Principal Dancer. While there, he led the company on tours of New Zealand and Australia, USA and Europe. His roles included the Prince in Nutcracker and Cinderella, Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, James in La Sylphide, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Franz in Coppélia, and title roles in Petrouchka, Wolfgang Amadeus, and Hamlet. He also danced lead roles in works by George Balanchine, Jack Carter, John Cranko, Robert North, Garth Welch, and Gray Veredon, and created several major roles. Kilian was fulltime tutor at the New Zealand School of Dance for several years, and has freelanced as tutor, choreographer and judge in New Zealand, Australia, UK, and Ireland. Since his return to Ireland in 2008, he has been working with Irish National Youth Ballet as tutor and choreographer, and has taught all over Ireland, including with Cois Céim. The INYB have performed in many of Kilian’s ballets, including the full-length productions of The Nutcracker and Cinderella.