Ph.D., B.Mus., H.Dip. in Ed., T.C.R.G., T.T.G., A.L.A.M.
Course Director of the MA in Ethnochoreology and the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance. Dr. Catherine Foley designed and is course director of both the MA in Ethnochoreology and the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. The MA in Ethnochoreology was the first programme of its type in Europe; the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance was the first programme of its type in the world. In 1997 Catherine established Tráth na gCos, an annual traditional dance festival of workshops, lectures/seminars and concerts to develop an awareness of, and to record, the diversity and richness within Irish and world dance traditions. Catherine remained the director and co-ordinator of Tráth na gCos until 2005. In 2003, she was the local Chair for The Society of Dance History Scholars 26th Annual International Conference, hosted at the University of Limerick. Catherine was the founder of Dance Research Forum Ireland in 2003 and was its first Chair; she was the local Chair for Dance Research Forum Ireland’s 1st International Conference, hosted by the University of Limerick in 2006. Catherine is a founding member of Enarta (European Network for Research and Teaching of Ethnochoreology).
Catherine has spent many years working as a collector of Irish traditional music, song and dance. She was a member of the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive for many years, and is a member of many professional organisations, including the Congress of Research on Dance, the International Council for Traditional Music, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the Association of Professional Dancers of Ireland, and the Society of Dance History Scholars. Catherine has taught music and dance studies at all levels within the education system, from primary level to doctorate level, within both an academic and performance capacity. She has presented and published articles internationally within her areas of expertise and has performed, lectured and given dance workshops in different countries in Europe, Scandinavia, and the United States.
In 2005, she choreographed The Sionna Set Dance…>
Dr. Catherine E. Foley,
Room No: IW1.22
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Phone: + 353-61-202922
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