Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain is an Irish Dancer, Performer, Teacher, and Adjudicator. She is a former primary school teacher and is now a Doctor and lecturer at the University of Limerick.
In 2003, she was appointed as resident artist in dance at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. During her residency at Williams, she co-choreographed a ballet entitled Grace O’‘Malley – She King of the Irish Seas for the dance company in collaboration with faculty member Holly Silva. She also performed with Kusika the African ensemble and devised choreography for Gahu a traditional Ghanaian piece .
She travelled to the American Colleges Dance Festival where she gave master classes in Irish Dance as a guest faculty member at Williams. She also took classes in other dance genres such as baroque, tap, jazz, Appalachian clogging, yoga, pilates and introduction to modern dance technique classes.
During the Williamstown Jazz Festival, she collaborated with a jazz quintet and choreographed an Irish suite to a mantra by Lewis Porter. She also co-hosted a step/tap jam with celebrated performer Diane Walker.
In 2007, in her capacity as Winter Study Adjunct at Williams College, she devised a Winter Study Programme entitled Studies in Irish Diaspora. This comprised lecture demonstrations, tutorials and practical classes in Irish music, song and dance. This integrated approach culminated in a one-hour public performance by the students featuring the material and skills they learned and developed throughout the program.
In collaboration with Mick McCabe, Orfhlaith published Jigs to Jacobites: 4,000 years of Irish History told through 4o traditional set dances, available via trad.dance