Siobhán Butler

Ireland

Siobhán Butler has been honing her craft as a percussive dancer since childhood. In her 20+ years as a dancer, she has had the privilege of performing and teaching around the world, often collaborating with some of the luminaries of traditional music from the North Atlantic. Her specialty in Irish dance traditions can be seen through her in-demand workshops, performances, and lectures. Since moving to Ireland from the U.S. in 2016, Siobhán’s primary influences as a percussive dancer are some of County Clare’s greatest Set dancers and their unique “battering” style. Growing up as a competitive Irish step dancer in the United States, Siobhán’s scope of “Irish dance” was initially quite limited. She credits her professional teaching experience, beginning in 2005, as the pivot point to learning not just the practical components of dance, but also its cultural contexts and histories. She went on to study Anthropology and Ethnochoreology where she was awarded a BA from Goddard College in 2015 and an MA from the University of Limerick in 2018. Oral history, folklore, and heritage continue to serve as huge inspirations for all of Siobhán’s creative work. Siobhán lives in Ennistymon, County Clare with her husband, stonemason and musician, Dominic Keogh.

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