Stephen Carolan started Irish Dancing at the age of 8 and enjoyed many years of solo and team dancing with the Miriam McCarthy School of Dancing in Drogheda. In 2002, he decided to concentrate more on his solo dancing and joined Scoil Rince Oirialla in Dundalk under the mentoring of his teachers Francis Curley, Olive Burnes & Fiona Harold, later joined by Sonia Leonard & Angela Gorby in 2006.
Throughout his years as a competitive dancer, Stephen won numerous dancing titles including three Ulster Championships in a row (2004, 2005, 2006), one All-Scotland Championship (2005), one British National Championship (2005), one All-Ireland Championship (2006), and two World Championships (2005 & 2007). In 2007, he won the world title with a perfect score of 700 out of a possible 700. Having toured as a Lead Dancer & Troupe Dancer with Rhythm of the Dance for one year, Stephen returned home in 2008 and decided to start playing music at feiseanna.
He can now be seen playing regularly at feiseanna worldwide and in this space of time has had the priviledge of playing at some major Irish Dancing competitions such as the North American Irish Dance Championships, Australian National Championships, Irish Nationals, Australian International Oireachtas, Ulster, Munster, Leinster, Connaught Oireachtasai, Mid-Atlantic & New England Oireachtasai and State Championships in QLD, NSW, WA, SA, VIC.
Stephen has released a number of albums including the Choones series, The Feis Machine series and Feis Set Dances which can all be purchased on iTunes. His latest release comes in the form of The Ultimate Irish Dance Workout. The album comes with exclusive access to Instructional Videos featuring three current World Champions on a private Facebook platform.
Amongst dancing and playing music at feiseanna, he has also completed a B.A. in Irish & Geography as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education at St.Patrick’s College in Dublin and now currently works as a Primary School Teacher. He also recently qualified as a T.C.R.G. with An Coimisiún Le Rince Gaelacha in 2017.
Instagram is @theultimateirishdanceworkout Stephen’s is @instachoones