The Leitrim Design House Conference 2018: Guest Speaker - Edwina Guckian - Leitrim Design House
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The Leitrim Design House Conference 2018: Guest Speaker – Edwina Guckian

The Leitrim Design House would like to introduce our first guest speaker at the Leitrim Design House Conference 2018 – Edwina Guckian.

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, Frankie Gavin, Kíla, Martin Hayes, We Banjo 3 and Beoga to name a few.

Edwina worked as choreographer on director Ken Loach’s film, Jimmy’s Hall, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. She also worked as a guest presenter on RTE’s children’s arts programme The Beo Show.

Edwina is the sole force behind her dance club Áirc Damhsa formally known as Sean Nós ar an tSionann. The children’s dance club, which is now in it’s 14th year, has over 700 members, 11 teachers and is based in 9 counties. In 2006, she was awarded Leitrim County Council Arts person of the Year and in 2015 awarded Leitrim Business Person of the Year award by IBYE for her latest business venture “The Dance Movement” an online learning hub for dancers worldwide with courses in all styles of Irish dance with the dance masters of Ireland.

Most recently she has collaborated with Zogma Dance Company from Quebec, The Leitrim Equation and is currently developing a performance in music, words and dance with writer and broadcaster Vincent Woods and musician Danny Diamond.

In 2016 Edwina set up The Leitrim Dance Project to give learning and development opportunities to dancers in rural Ireland. Under this project she has organised many hugely successful crossroads dances in Leitrim as well as the Lough Allen Dance Festival and Leitrim Dance Week residencies.

Edwina will be bringing her valuable experience of  starting a creative business. We are very much looking forward to hearing her unique take on the subject.