We are very excited and privileged to have Mr. Breandán De Gallaí on the Take The Floor dream team of choreography once again this year!
Breandán’s professional dancing career began with Riverdance in Eurovision ’94 and spanned 9 years, 7 of those as Principal Dancer. He performed in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and led the company at the opening ceremony of the World Special Olympic Games in 2003. He has shared the stage with the principals of The Royal Ballet, Darcy Bussell and Wayne Sleep and has shared headline status with José Carreras. He has performed live for Presidents McAleese and Robinson of Ireland. He has also performed for the late King Hussein of Jordan, the Emperor of Japan, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Rainier of Monte Carlo and Queen Sonia of Norway. In 2007 he returned to Riverdance as Dance Director.
He is currently completing a PhD in Arts Practice and his Ph.D. title is – “Imeall-Siúl: A choreographic exploration of expressive possibilities of Irish dance”. His interest lies in the contemporization of Irish dance and to this end has created “Noċtú”, his first of two performance presentations as part of his Ph.D. Noċtú recently completely a month-long residency at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York. On the back of this run the show was nominated for 2 Drama Desk awards, “Outstanding Choreography” and “Unique Theatrical Event”. His second work, Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” premiered at the opening of the Fleadh Fringe in August 2012 attracting 14,000 spectators. Breandán’s ‘Rite’ and partnership with Cavan County Council and has recently been shortlisted for the Allianz Business to Arts Awards.
Breandán was acting Course Director of the Arts Practice PhD programme at the University of Limerick for 2012. He regularly presents TV programs for RTÉ and TG4 and “Noċtú” was the subject of a documentary television series which was aired on RTÉ summer 2011.