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Artistic Director

Mariam Ribón - Biography

Mariam Ribón, originally from Spain, moved to Dublin late 1995.

As a professional dancer, she has worked with New Balance Dance Co., Daghdha Dance Co., MaNDaNCe, Cois Céim, Opera Ireland, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Shakram Dance Company and ‘YoCo’ with choreographer Catherine Young in 2011 and 2012.


In 2002 Mariam graduated with First Class Honors in her Master in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL. In 2003 she became a Pilates instructor.


Mariam has been the Artistic Director of the Dublin Youth Dance Company and the Irish Youth Dance Festival since 2002. 

Mariam’s choreographies have been seen in Ireland, UK, Czech Republic, Spain and USA.


She has choreographed for The Dublin Dance Festival, The College of Dance,

Sallynoggin VEC, Inchicore Core Dance Company, Dublin Youth Dance Company,

The Irish Youth Dance Festival and Diverse Space Youth Dance Theatre (USA).


During 2009 Mariam devised, mentored and supervised the| Tran-si-tion| project with DYDC as part of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s ‘Place & Identity” Programme of Per Cent for Art commissions funded through the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The programme encompassed a range of art forms, including theatre, music, dance, visual art and literature.


In 2013, under her Artistic Direction, the IYDF has been selected for ‘Culture Connects’, The National Culture Programme for Ireland’s Presidency of the council of the European Union.


Through DYDC, Mariam is continuously exploring opportunities for youth dance in Ireland and she has created cultural links with Debla Danza 2007, 2008 (Spain), Flash Dance Company 2009, 2010 (Czech Republic), Ludus Dance Company 2010, 2011 (UK), Evoke Youth Dance Theatre 2012 (Germany), Diverse Space Youth Dance Theatre 2012 (Austin, USA), Malmo Youth Dance Company 2013 (Sweden), L’Acadenie des Arts 2013 (France) and Dance Northern Ireland 2013.