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Ep 5 – Shane McAvinchey

Shane McAvinchey began dancing at the age of six and under the instruction of Anne Callanan he had much competitive success, most notably ranking 4th in the world. At the young age of 16 he started his professional dance career with Riverdance. During his years with the show he traveled across North & South America, Europe, Asia and Australia performing on stages and television stations across the globe.

Since leaving Riverdance Shane has gone on to have principle roles in many productions such as ‘The High Kings’, ‘Dancing Thru the Ages’ and ‘Ragus’ and the featured dancer with the ‘Niamh Ní Charra Band’. In 2009 he had the honor of the invitation to accompany Irish President Mary MacAleese on a state visit to Luxembourg where he performed for royalty and dignitaries representing Irish culture. In 2011, Shane starred in Irish dance feature documentary film “Jig” which had a worldwide theatrical release. 
He co-directs the Sweeney McAvinchey Irish dance School which has locations in Germany and Poland. His students are among the first Mainland Europeans to compete and medal at World championships and have over 50 European Championship titles between them. He travels regularly to conduct workshops and to date has has taught 1000′s of dancers around the world in countries such as Germany, Poland, USA, France, Spain, Austria, Serbia, Israel, Czech Republic, Russia, Kuwait, Argentina & Ireland. 
Shane loves to combine his love for Irish dance with his entrepreneurial flare. He is the co-founder of Irish Dance Pro Ltd and creator of The Irish Dancing Practice Pad, which provides online dance workshops to Irish dancers all around the world and Up Ya Get Ltd which has produced shows and events including Take The Floor, Journey to Ireland and The Irish Dance Festival. Up Ya Get produced a Flashmob in 2013 at dublin airport which has over 6 million views on YouTube. As a choreographer he has worked with The American Company of Irish Dance, Celtic Dances and also choreographed and starred in the critically acclaimed Russian TV commercial “Steps” which has over 400.000 views on YouTube. (practicepads)


  1. Mary Ann Kemock Mary Ann Kemock

    Thanks for this interview….it was very interesting to listen to.
    Keep up the great podcast, Martin

    • theiri10_wp theiri10_wp

      Thanks Mary

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