"My Workshop will take you through the process of learning and performing three brand new set dances and a newly choreographed Slip Jig. Remember, your set dance is your showpiece, so once you have learnt each dance, feel free to change parts to add your own flair and style. Have fun with all of the dances and I hope they inspire you to get creative with your own choreography!" Nicola Byrne
Nicola Byrne started her dancing career as a very young child with the renowned O’Shea School in Dublin, Ireland. She went on to have a very successful competitive career including earning 4th place at the World Championships.
Nicola Joined Riverdance in 1999 and performed the female lead role from 2006-2009.
In 2008 Nicola was asked to choreograph an original group dance number for Riverdance, making her the only cast member since Michael Flatley and Colin Dunne to choreograph an original piece for the hit show!
Nicola was a choreographer and dancer on RTE’s Celebrity Jig’s n’ Reels in 2006 & 2007 and won the 1st series with her partner Killian O’ Sullivan.
At the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest in 2007, Nicola came 3rd with her partner Mick Donegan as they proudly represented Ireland.
Nicola was chosen to perform during President Mary McAleese’s state visit to Hungary in 2008. She was lead dancer and dance captain in the Irish Dance show ‘Irish Thunder’, in Busch Gardens Virginia and Florida, from 2001- 2004.
Nicola, as well as being a qualified Irish Dance teacher holds an honours Bachelors degree in Design & Visual Communication from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
She is currently combining her passion for dance and design by creating an exciting new line of customized dancewear called Malley Sport Dance for dance schools worldwide.