Michael O’ Rourke
Michael O’ Rourke hails from Castleisland in Co. Kerry. Over his 20 years of dancing he has experimented in many different styles of Irish dance. He first began with Irish step dancing and then moved on to set dancing which was enjoying a huge revival during his youth. He was greatly influenced by the local dancers and the music of Sliabh Luachra and West Kerry. He travelled with his family to ceilis and dancing festivals all over Ireland and it was at the Willie Clancy Summer School in his teens that he learned the Clare batter steps. Michael learned these steps and movements by watching the sean nós dancers perform and quickly developed his own unique style. In his 20 years of dancing he has won 11 All Ireland titles in set dancing and sean nós dancing and has performed on stage with Dervish, Cherish the Ladies, Martin Hayes, Seamus Begley and Frankie Gavin and De Danann. He now lives in Co. Leitrim where he and his wife Edwina Guckian teach at Sean Nós ar an tSionann Dance Club.