Irish Set Dancing in Canberra

Weekend teacher

Maureen Culleton has been dancing since she was four years old when she danced informally in her home to music played by her father R.I.P. on melodian. The cottage in which she grew up is now a cultural centre known as An Sean Chistin (The Old Kitchen) to which Maureen has dedicated one of her recently composed sets.

In the 1950s, Maureen learned traditional step dancing from Mícheál Ó Duinn, the local dancemaster who visited the primary school in Ballyfin, Co Laois weekly where Maureen was a pupil. There began her lifelong career in dance. In 1967 she qualified as a primary teacher and brought her love of dance to her students for 40 years.

To the present day Maureen teaches set dancing, traditional step, sean nós and two hand. She recently composed three sets which she is delighted to share with the set dancing family at home and abroad. Her love and knowledge of dance and her teaching skills have taken her to many parts of the world including France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Brittany, Chicago, Halifax and Japan. She also teaches regularly at many weekend workshops in Ireland including the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo and South Sligo Summer School.

Maureen is looking forward to meeting the set dancers in Canberra and to sharing her love of dance with this extended family.

‘To dance is Human, to dance is Divine.’