Shane Holohan


Shane has trained and worked as a secondary school teacher  of English and Art for 15 years, culminating in his role as Acting Principal. Whilst working as a teacher he became heavily involved in Gymnastics for All (GFA) as a coach education tutor and went on to become the first National Development Officer with Gymnastics Ireland. He was GFA National Squad Director for two years, choreographing group displays, combining gymnastics, costume, music and lighting.   Shane was an International Evaluator at the FIG 2013 World Gym for Life Challenge in South Africa.

That same year, he commenced his career break to pursue his interest in the circus arts.  He attended the Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal where he took their High Performance Teacher Training Programme, specialising in Hand to Hand, Doubles Trapeze, Russian Bar, Banquine and Aerials.  In 2014 he started his company, TAKING FLIGHT aerial & acrobatics, specialising in the teaching of aerial and acrobatics in his own studio in Dublin city centre, but also workshops nationwide and internationally.  In recent years, Shane led a Secondary Schools Aerial Project, bringing schools and aerial artists together. He has been a teacher at the Irish Aerial Dance Festival for the past five years.

2012  Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Education NUI, Maynooth
2011  Graduate Diploma in School Development  Planning NUI, Galway
2010  Diploma in Clinical Counselling & Psychotherapy Irish Institute for Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (IIICPS)
2009  MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy Dublin City University / IICPS
1997  Higher Diploma in Education NUI, Cork
1994  Bachelor of Arts, Single Honours NUI, Cork


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