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Ep 19 – Dr. Róisín Cahalan

Dr Róisín Cahalan from Limerick, Ireland is a chartered physiotherapist, lecturer and researcher at the University of Limerick. She is also an Irish dance teacher and adjudicator, and a former professional Irish dancer. After an illustrious competitive career including four top five finishes at the World Irish Dancing Championships, Roisin joined “Riverdance, The Show” in 1996. She toured with the production for eight years performing the lead female role. In 2004, she returned to University of Limerick to study physiotherapy and after several years of clinical work, completed her PhD investigating pain and injury in elite adult Irish dances. This body of work recognised the growing international phenomenon of Irish dance and high rate of injury associated with this pursuit.

Róisín has since expanded her dance medicine research work to study contemporary and ballet dance and has collaborated with esteemed dance organisations including Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, Ballet Ireland, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick. She is now the world’s leading researcher of Irish dancing pain and injury. She is focussed on informing and developing policy to support dance teachers and students in achieving optimal health and performance.

Róisín recently founded the Complete Dancer Project, which provides information and advice on a host of issues related to optimising health and performance in Irish dancing. She and her colleagues with expertise in nutrition, psychology, and strength and conditioning run workshops for dancers, parents and teachers sharing the most recent evidence-based practices related to healthy dance. She can be contacted via the Complete Dancer Project Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CompleteDancer

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