Riverdance Dancer and Summer School Mentor / Chaperone
Ciara is an honours B.A. graduate in Irish music and dance from the University of Limerick. At the age of three, Ciara began dancing under the instruction of her mother Anne Callanan.
In 2001, she continued her competitive career with Michael Ryan, whose love of dance and amazing work ethic hugely influenced Ciara’s dance journey. Seven times provincial champion and a top 10 World championship medal holder for eight consecutive years, Ciara has toured extensively with shows such as Ragus-the Show, Irish Legends and Titanicdance. She has shared the stage with The Chieftains, De Danann and Tèada and has choreographed shows for Siamsa Tíre – The National Folk Theatre of Ireland.
Ciara also enjoys playing harp, whistle and piano and has travelled the world playing music with her father Seán Ryan.
Throughout Ciara’s competitive dance career, it was always her dream to perform with Riverdance. Having attended the 2015 Riverdance Summer School in Dublin, she was thrilled to be chosen to dance with Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre and then go on to tour the world.
Ciara was delighted to return to Dublin as head mentor and chaperone for the 2016 and 2017 Summer Schools and is so excited to welcome all participants to the Riverdance International Summer School 2018. She looks forward to a fantastic dance experience where dreams really can come true!
”Know your passion, dream big, work hard and make it happen.” Ciara Callanan Ryan