INTERVIEW WITH EOIN MAC DONNCHA
Eoin was relatively late to dance only starting training at age nineteen. Before that he had only done two contemporary classes in his home town in Galway. His journey since then has been phenominal. Training at one of the best centres of excellence in Europe and working with some of the most notable contemporary choreographers in the world. Eoin has also received a number of accolades throughout his professional career.
When did you start dancing?
I started my dance training with the College of Dance at the age of 19, prior to that I had only done two classes of contemporary dance back in Connemara, Co. Galway. So I had no dance training before the College of Dance.
What was your first day like at the College of Dance?
I remember being extremely excited to be learning something I felt very passionate about, even though I had no idea what I was doing. I read the uniform requirements and saw black pants and a white T-shirt, so I rocked up to ballet in black suit pants, that’s how clueless I was about ballet and dance in general. I lifted my leg in what, I can only imagine, was a terrible arabesque at the time and my Ballet teacher walked past saying ‘there is potential there but maybe some more flexible pants for tomorrow!’ I remember then seeing my Jazz teacher and how flexible and trained her body was and thought I want that. Then my contemporary teacher with her grace, I remember saying to myself ‘I’ll have all that!’
What has been your professional journey since leaving the College?
After my two wonderful years at the College I was accepted to the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. I studied there for three years graduating with a B.A. Honors Degree. During my time there I danced for the Queen and, more importantly, a soloist contract in my pocket by the end of my training. I danced as a soloist in Germany for five years and two years in Switzerland, dancing works by some of the biggest choreographers in the world, Jiri Killian, Wayne McGreggor, Johan Inger and Caeyatano Soto Ramirez, to name a few and for wonderful ballet directors too. I taught at the Hong Kong Academy, danced with Expressions Dance Company in Australia and now a principle dancer with the most well known contemporary dance company in Hungary. I’ve never stopped basically.
“The College of Dance always gave me the best training, the tools to develop myself as both an artist and athlete and most importantly the push and drive I needed to be what I am today. I want to thank them for without their passion and drive I would not be where I am today”
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