Seosamh Ó Neachtain

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Sean-nos dancer Seosamh Ó Neachtain hails from An Spidéal in Co. Galway and has had a keen interest in sean-nós dancing from a young age. Although he never received any formal training, he has received both national and international acclaim as a dancer. He has performed with some of the most influential acts in traditional Irish dance music: Altan, De Danann and Mairtin O’Connor.

In addition he has recorded with some solo musicians who would be regarded as being at the utmost degree of their professions, including Harry Bradley, Jesse Smith, Johnny Connolly, The Tap Room Trio and Róisín Elsafty.

In 2000, he was awarded a bursary from the Irish Arts Council to study aspects of tap dance in New York City. In 2004 he completed his studies at Galway University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 2005 he was involved in the production of “Cross Currents – Turned on Tap” at the Southbank Centre in London. This was a performance that explored the relation between Irish traditional dance and American tap dance.

In 2006 the International Dance Festival of Ireland commissioned Seosamh to do a week-long residency with French Guinian dancer Tomango. There were three performances at the end of the week called “Stepping Out”. Seosamh returned to New York City in 2007 to document the influence that Irish dance had on the evolution of American tap dance, and this was aired on TG4 television as part of the Ceolchúirt Series and it has been nominated for the Celtic Film Festival 2009.

In 2007 he was commissioned by Éigse Carlow to produce a work with Indian Katack Dancer Sonia Sabri, titled “Rhythm and Beats”. He is also one of the founding members of the traditional dance show Barr go Sáil/Heel to Toe which has performed at festivals such as Tonder Festival, Denmark, Celtic Connections, Glasgow and the International Dance Festival of Ireland. He is currently Dancer in Residence at NUI Galway. In October 2009, he performed at the Cape Breton Celtic Colours Festival.

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