Michelle Cahill Teacher and Lecturer
// I am a qualified teacher in Further Education, and registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland. I recevied a Diploma in Dance Theatre from Trinity LABAN, London (1999) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance from University of Limerick (2010). I’m also certified in Community Dance Leadership from The Laban Guild.
For over fifteen years I served on the faculty of Performing Arts courses at Coláiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education, Marino College of Further Education, Ringsend Technical College and Moate Business College. I designed, taught and assessed modules at QQI (FETAC) Level 5 and BTEC/Higher National Diploma levels in dance techniques, choreography, performance, communications and industry practice. I also produced, directed, and choreographed originals works and adaptations for end of year performances and student showcases. My work has been performed by students at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, The Helix, Theatre 201 and Tuar Ard Theatre, Moate. In 2016 I have mentored students undertaking dissertations.
As a tutor in Further Education I encouraged visiting practitioners including; Liz Roche, Philip Connaughton, Laura Macken, Magdalena Hylak, Dylan Coburn Gray and Rowan Tolley. For the Five Lamps Arts Festival 2014 with support from the ETB Sports & Cultural Council, I produced the Day of Dance with professional dancers Kathleen Doherty and Lisa Tyrell. Students from across the City of Dublin ETBs were invited to participate in contemporary dance and Jazz dance workshops, watch informal presentations followed by an informative Q&A session on dance training and performance.
I’ve worked at Dundalk Institute of Technology on the BA (Hons) Acting Course 2008 – 2013. I lectured part time in movement studies and advanced movement studies. I devised new work with and for the students, and choreographed end of year productions. I also deliver a short-term module of Dance Education on the BA Sports and Enterprise Degree course. The module introduces a range of dance forms and teaching styles to encourage a viewpoint that dance can be for everyone, and dance and movement is a fun, healthy alternative to competitive sports. In 2012, I initiated an OPEN STUDIO day for the students to give them an insight into professional dance practice. Supported by the Department of Humanities, the OPEN STUDIO initiative brought professional dance artists to meet the students, present work in the studio and chair Q&A sessions. Visiting artists to Dundalk IT to date include; John Scott / irish modern dance theatre, Junk Ensemble, Deirdre Murphy, Ailish Claffey, and Mariam Ribon / Dublin Youth Dance Company.
Other Teaching Posts
University of Limerick, Ireland – Lecturer in Contemporary Dance Technique and Choreography, Masters in Dance (2012)
CoisCeim Evening School – Teacher of contemporary dance beginner/Intermediate levels and Jazz Dance Open Level. (2004-2008)