Supporting the development of dance in Galway


The aim of Galway Dance Project is to facilitate high quality dance practice in Galway city and county.

• To advance dance as an art form in Galway city and county.
• To provide ongoing dance training.
• To advance professional dance performance in Galway city and county.
• To advocate for adequate dance resources in the area, including a dedicated dance space.
• To provide a focal point of support and information for all dance interest in Galway.
Company Overview

Galway Dance Project is an artist-led, non-profit dance organisation established in 2011 in Galway. The Project aims to provide high quality dance classes and workshops, choreographic and performance opportunities for dancers in Galway City and County. We are here to support and promote the development of dance, as well as to advance dance as a prominent and valued art form in the region.

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council.


Sinéad McPhilips, Eamon Brett, Genevieve Ryan, Lisa Hallinan

Sinéad McPhilips, Eamon Brett, Genevieve Ryan, Lisa Hallinan

Galway Dance Project has a board of three directors, four founding members and 3 additional members. 

Directors: Genevieve Ryan (Chair), Sinead McPhillips (Company Secretary) Eamon Brett (Treasurer) & Hillary Kavanagh

Founding Members: Tanya McCrory, Rachel Parry, Genevieve Ryan, Berni Divilly

Additional members: Lisa Hallinan, Victoria McCormac, Eamon Brett

Click on this link to read our Articles and Memorandum of Association.

Click here for our constitution.

Click here for our latest year end accounts.

Genevieve Ryan (Appointed to the board 14/05/2012)

Genevieve Ryan is an American-born dance artist and teacher who has made Galway her home since 2006 and is one of the founding members of Galway Dance Project. She has been engaged in her own dance practice for over 25 years and is currently Artistic Director of Off Beaten Path Dance. In 2009, she opened the Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy and provides classes in a variety of styles all over Galway City and County. She recently received her Masters in Dance from the University of Limerick in 2015.



Sinead McPhillips (Appointed to the board 16/03/2012)

Sinead McPhillips is an Arts Marketing and Communications Professional with over fifteen years experience working with some of Ireland’s flagship arts organisations including Landmark Productions, Druid and Galway International Arts Festival.

Sinead’s experience lies in devising innovative and successful strategies in marketing, PR, fundraising and sponsorship. Sinead is also a board member of Macnas, the award-winning theatre, spectacle and professional company based in Galway.

Eamon Brett (Appointed to the board 22/08/2012)

Eamon Brett is a Galwegian musician who is one of the founding members of Galway Dance Project. He currently is the resident composer/musical director of Off Beaten Path Dance, in addition to his other work as a musical director for theatre and a professional pianist. He also works as a website designer, and is an experienced user of social media tools for marketing and promotion. He occasionally advises organisations and individuals on how to incorporate online media into their marketing strategy.

Hillary Kavanagh (Appointed to the board 24/10/2013)

Hillary Kavanagh, originally from Wexford has been working amongst the creative community both in Galway and nationally since 1991. She is currently the Artistic Director of Arcana, a special events production company where she has devised, directed and produced many high profile events and spectacles, varying from The Ryder Cup to The Volvo Ocean Race and Fáilte Ireland.  Other clients in her freelance portfolio include the Galway International Arts Festival, Blue Teapot Theatre Company, St Patricks Festival and Macnas. As voiceover artist she has performed in many cartoon series, including Zombie Hotel (BBC), The Storyteller Series (International & online) and The Ugly Duckling and Me!   Hillary studied dance from the age of 3yrs until 18yrs, she holds RADA certificates in Ballet and Modern Dance.

Ríonach Ní Néill and Judith Sibley for their invaluable support and expertise in establishing Galway Dance Project.

Galway Dance Project is supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Galway City Council.


Galway Dance Project, Town Hall Theatre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway