Dublin Youth Dance Company CLG is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee.
Company Registration Number: 355549
Tax Registration Number: 6375549B
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sharon Murphy(Chair), Robert Connor, Greta Bourke, Jeanette Keane and Aoife Lucey.
The Directors listed below are also members of the company.
Sharon Murphy is a lens-based artist and curator. She has worked in the arts for over twenty five years leading, programming, curating and producing a wide range of initiatives in the visual and the performing arts. She has significant experience in theatre and in local government arts, having held senior positions in TEAM Theatre, Abbey Theatre and as Arts Officer in Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. She is currently resident curator at Draíocht. Murphy holds a BA (English & History, NUI Maynooth, 1984), a H. Dip Education (NUI Maynooth, 1985), an MA in Drama Studies (UCD, 1993) and a BA in Photography (IADT, 2014). She was the Irish recipient of the Arts Council’s 2007/2008 Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme (UK).
Robert Connor is one of the founders, choreographers and Artistic Directors of Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI), a company who has created over 40 original dance theatre works for theatres, festivals, television and a diverse range of settings. Their choreography and multi-disciplinary theatre productions have been described as “a constant reflection on our human states of frailty and strength” (Buckley, London, Sunday Times) and have toured widely throughout Europe, Ireland, USA and Korea including the Montpelier International Dance Festival, the Seoul Dance Festival, London Greenwhich Docklands, Monaco Dance Forum, Joyce SoHO (NYC) Tanzwochen Dresden, CYnetART and Fira Tarrega. As dance educators and progenitors of Ireland’s largest Educational Outreach programme in dance, their current work is aimed at increasing access to dance and dance performances. They were recently nominated for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award and for the National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Award. Their work is driven by a passionate belief in the power of dance to transform people’s lives, improve their health and well-being and put people in touch with their creative selves.
DTI are founders of a number of Outreach programs in Dance including : 1) WELL-DANCE for Seniors – a programme of evidence-based dance classes for seniors which has now had over 800 participants studied by Trinity College Occupational Therapy-- with published research on its effectiveness at improving mobility, balance and quality of life; 2) VINTAGE YOUTH a performance group for Seniors which is based at the DTI Centre for Dance, Dun Laoghaire ; 3) DANCING WELL WITH PARKINSONS on-going Classes in partnership with Move4Parkinsons; 4) Year-round Dance WORKSHOPS, for all ages, partnering a wide range of community, school and health organizations, over 75,000 have participated; 5) NATURE MOVES, which combines guided outdoor experiences for students and the creation of Dance projects inspired by Nature and 6) CREATING SPACE an artists’ development initiative which programmes bi-yearly informal performances given by dance artists of new work or work-in-progress at the Centre for Dance.
Robert was one of the founders of Dance Ireland (the Association of Professional Choreographers & Dancers Ireland ), Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) and The Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire. Former Irish President Mary McAleese officially opened their Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire, where, under their direction, more than 1800 people of all ages now dance yearly, commenting:
“You are powerful Ambassadors for the exhilarating language of dance“.
Greta Bourke has a degree in English Literature and History of Art from Trinity College Dublin. She worked for several years in the art world and in publishing in London and then went to live in Santiago, Chile, where she worked as a journalist and editor. She returned to Dublin in 2016 when she began working with John Scott as company manager at Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Greta has extensive writing and editing experience in the arts, as well as years of experience as an administrator.
Jeanette Keane currently holds this position of Communications and Marketing Manager for Dance Ireland. Having worked in the arts sector for the past 20 years in both in Canada and Ireland previous positions held in marketing and development with: arts consultanting company Genovese Vanderhoof and Associates; Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Crawford Art Gallery; Abbey Theatre and Ballet Ireland.
She has been a board director of Ballet Ireland and the College of Dance. She is currently a board member of Dublin Youth Dance Company.
As a former professional dancer, Jeanette has also produced work in Toronto and continues to teach ballet for CoisCeim.
Aoife Lucey is a communications professional who has worked at leading arts and culture organisations in Ireland and internationally for more than a decade. Her expertise includes strategic communications, marketing, public relations, stakeholder engagement and digital media management. Previously she held roles at Dublin Theatre Festival, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Canadian Stage and the Abbey Theatre before taking up her current position as Communications and Marketing Manager at Music Generation, Ireland's national music education programme.
Aoife is an English Literature and Drama and Theatre Studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin. She has since completed a Certificate in Community Education and Equality Studies (Maynooth University), a Certificate in Management Practice (University of Ulster) and qualified as a drama teacher through the Leinster School of Music and Drama.
She joined the Board of DYDC in November 2019, having played a key role in the development and delivery of its Strategic Plan 2019-2021.