Colin Dunne Masterclass

16.06.2018 - 17.06.2018


Photo © Maurice Gunning

Colin Dunne, the internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, and teacher will give a 2-day workshop in Helsinki on June 16 and 17. The classes will cover both soft shoe and heavy shoe technique, with a focus on a finding a flow and ease in movement, and clarity of sound and rhythm. The classes are open to all dancers, from the competitively ambitious to those who just want to expand their abilities and knowledge of Irish dance.

The workshop is split into two levels: Beginner/Primary and Intermediate/Open.  The naming of the levels corresponds to RCCEA grade competition levels. For those of you who do not compete under RCEEA, the following descriptions the levels might be helpful:

  • Beginner/Primary: Dancers at this level know basic moves and technique in both soft and heavy shoes, and learn new combinations when they are broken down sufficiently. Typical steps/dances at these levels have a lot of repetition (beginner) or more complicated combinations and timing (primary) of the basic moves.
  • Intermediate/Open: Dancers have a good grasp of the basics, know more difficult moves, and can pick up new combinations fairly quickly. Typical steps/dances  at these levels contain several of the more difficult of jumps, turns, rhythms, etc.

If you are unsure about your level, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with


Sat, 16 Jun at FiestaFlamenca (Punavuori, opposite address Laivurinrinne 5, Helsinki)

12-15 Beginner/Primary
16-19 Intermediate/Open

Sun, 17 Jun at EtnoFitness (Sörnäinen, Vilhonvuorenkatu 11, Helsinki)

10-13 Beginner/Primary
14-17 Intermediate/Open

Fee & Registration

The fee for the Masterclass is 125 € (per level).

Registration is open until 31 May 2018, and it can be done through this registration form. Places are limited, and they are filled on a first come first served basis. Registration is binding and can be cancelled only in the case of illness (with medical certificate).


About Colin Dunne

Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance. Perhaps best known internationally for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, he has been forging a new creative path since his time as artist in residence at University of Limerick where he completed an MA in contemporary dance in 2002. Since then he has worked as an independent performer, choreographer and teacher.

Ensemble works include The Yellow Room (Daghdha Dance Company/Yoshiko Chuma 2003), and The Bull (Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre/Michael Keegan Dolan 2005). For The Bull he was nominated for a UK Critics’ Circle Dance Award in 2007. In 2008 he premiered his first solo show, Out of Time in Glor Theatre, Ennis. The show has since toured internationally at premier festivals and venues in London, New York, Paris, Brazil and Singapore. Out of Time was nominated for a UK Critics’ Circle Award (Best Male Dancer) 2009, and for a Laurence Olivier Award (outstanding achievement in dance) 2010.

Recent collaborations include; eRikm (What is Ours, Centre National de la Danse, Paris), The Irish Chamber Orchestra/Linda Buckley (The Turn, Fall for Dance Festival New York), Boris Charmatz/Musée de la danse (20 Dancers for the xx century, Tate Modern Museum, London), Edges of Light (with David Power, Maeve Gilchrist and Tola Custy, commissioned by Music Network 2016), and Whitby with Joan Sheehy (Bram Stoker Festival 2017)

A new solo work CONCERT, based on the music of Tommie Potts, premiered in Paris in March 2017 and received its Irish premiere at The Dublin Dance Festival in May 2017. CONCERT received a 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award for music collaboration.

His work as movement director includes; Christ Deliver Us! (Abbey Theatre 2010, directed by Wayne Jordan), and The Risen People (Abbey Theatre 2013, directed by Jimmy Fay).

Dunne is the current Traditional Artist in Residence at UCC School of Music for the year 2017/18.