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Modern Irish dancer John Fitzgerald returns to Siamsa Tíre

Modern Irish dancer John Fitzgerald returns to Siamsa Tíre

I am delighted to be returning to Siamsa Tíre to be part of Anam and all the styles of dance it is bringing together. I began dancing at the age of six with Rinceoiri Na Riochta, an Irish Dancing school in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Here is where I began my journey with competitive Irish dancing. This has included winning major titles at Munster, All-Ireland, British National, and European Championship level. His greatest achievement to date, is winning three ‘World Irish Dancing Championship’ in Belfast 2006, 2008, and Glasgow 2010.

Siamsa Tire has played a big role in my life since the age of 7, when I first joined the company and was introduced to the traditional Munnix style of dance.

 
 As part of the community cast I have performed in many productions over the years such as ‘Oilean’, ‘Clann Lir’, ‘San Am Fado’, and ‘Tearmann’ in the company’s annual repertoire seasons. Being a member of the company has allowed me to explore other forms of dance, such as contemporary dance in ‘Moriarty’ which was directed by Jonathan Kelliher, 'Imigeín' directed by Joanne Barry in 2013 and ‘Rithim Rhythm’ a collaboration between The National Folk Theatre and Printz Dance Project (San Francisco based Dance Company). I got the opportunity to do various internships with Siamsa as well as tour nationally and internationally.
 
John with Sean Ahern in our production 'Moriarty'
I graduated in 2014 from Trinity College, Dublin with an Honour Degree in Physiotheraphy. Since then I have toured professionally with shows such as Ragús, Magic of the Dance and more recently, Irish Celtic throughout Europe, America and Asia.

Imigéan 2013

As I joined the company at such a young age, I grew up here and formed a group of friends that are still my friends to this day. Returning to Siamsa to be a part of Anam feels a bit like a home coming and I can’t wait to show everyone what we have been working on. 

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