‘It’s just so different’ is the phrase heard most often during our archive residencies. In second place is: “Can you do that again, please?”

During the Our Steps archive residencies, a palpable sense of wonderment is present.  Each residency is created in a workshop setting where today’s competitive Irish dancers learn steps dating as far back as 1950. Taught by elder master teachers and former students of eminent teachers and style influencers, these Irish dancers are making history by recording their own history.

Watching older generations of dancers recall steps they didn’t even know they remembered is an extraordinary experience. The steps live in the bodies of those who dance them; watching their recall is watching memory in action. Often music is the trigger for the remembering. But as the music for each dance is deeply imprinted in Irish dancers, simply starting a step by physically dancing the first few bars can lead to finishing it. Piece by piece the steps are remembered and assembled. Younger dancers watch, learn and identify simpler versions of a more complex move they dance now.  The process reveals the foundation of the form and younger dancers can see and experience how their own dancing came into being.

Our archive residencies create a new space for Irish dance, Irish dancers, dance scholars and enthusiasts; a space committed to the spirit of sharing, discovering and conversing.

Participants

2019

Aisling Cantillon
Anna May Fitch
Anna O'Sullivan
Brandon King
Bianca Paige Smith
Caitlin Ward
Cara Costello
Chris Martinez
Cian Maguire
Ciara Rhodes
Colm McDermot

Cori Olinghouse
Ellen Riordan
Erin Hieb
Jean Butler
John Jennings
Kaleigh Schofield
Kristin Malley
Kristyn Fontanella
Laura Van Horn
Mary Lou Schade
Megan Stahl

Noel Spillane
Pádraig Heneghan
Patsy McLoughlin
Rachael Kuecher
Siobhan Burke
Siobhan Gorman Coen
Theresa Wall McElhill
Tierney Coen
Vivienne Bergin
Xavier P Dzielski

2018

Ai Lin Doody
Aisling Cantillon
Billy Furlong
Brandon King
Caitlin Allen
Caitlin Jennings
Caitlin Ward
Cara Butler
Cara Kinney
Catherine Schrammel
Cathleen Quinn
Chloe Mullarkey
Cian Maguire
Cori Olinghouse
Declan Meagher

Deirdre Lynch
Delanie Fekert
Donny Golden
Eileen Cass
Elizabeth Cass
Eugene O’Brien
Fiona Griffith-Benson
Gail Casey
Jean Butler
Jean-Marie Neave
Joan McNiff Cass
Joanie Cass
John Jennings
Kristyn Fontanella

Maeve Kinney
Mary Healy
Megan Stahl
Noel Spillane
Ryan Broesler
Sean Ogle
Sheila Kennedy
Simone Loysen
Siobhan Burke
Steve Gallagher
Tom Cashin
Tricia Keener
Virginia Clark
Winnie Horan