Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Instructors
Instructor Website: https://www.edwinaguckian.com/
Teaching D02: Sean Nós Dance: Old-Style Tradition of Sean Nós Dancing
Dancer Edwina Guckian hails from outside the village of Drumsna in Co. Leitrim. She learned her dancing from her mother and the local dancers of Leitrim and Roscommon. Her style is greatly influenced by the style of local music she grew up listening and dancing to.
Having started teaching dancing at the age of 16, Edwina has now taught her steps and toured with shows and bands in every continent all over the world. She has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most influential acts such as Altan, De Danann, Dervish, Mairtín O Connor, Frankie Gavin, Kíla, Martin Hayes, Séamus Begley, We Banjo 3 and Beoga to name a few.
In 2004 Edwina established her dance club Áirc Damhsa which now has over 400 members, 11 teachers and is based in 9 counties.
In 2015 Edwina left her full time primary school teaching career to focus on her personal development in dance and business.
In July 2015, she launched her first Sean Nós Dance tutorial and performance DVD “Second Nature” which she has sold more than 3000 copies worldwide to date. August 2016 saw her launch the first of her children’s summer camps in Sligo, Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim and in 2018 hosted her own Sean Nós Dance Summer Camp with dancers from across Europe, Asia, U.S.A and South America attending.