Enjoy the Irish Ceili Experience with Fionan Cogan whose experience extends to teaching Irish Ceili Dancing in primary schools, secondary schools, English language schools and university students in UCC, done through Gaelic as well as English and occasionally in French.
The Ceili Experience was founded by Fionan Cogan in 2008 but its inception dates much further back than that. Hailing from one of Ireland’s well known families – The Cogans from Carrigaline, Co.Cork, in Southern Ireland, who have dedicated over 50 years to promoting Ceili and Set Dancing both locally and internationally. On many different occasions they have performed and represented Ireland on world stages. Most notable is their key role in hosting the Cork International Folk Dance Festival – Damhsafest, across Cork City, Cork County and other parts of Munster since 1995.
Fionan, first performed internationally in 1988 and he has never looked back. He has gone on to perform in 18 different countries across 3 continents with 15 different dance groups and appeared on multiple TV stations. During this time, he has performed alongside Michael Flatley, Dr Micheal O Suilleabhain (RIP) and Frances Black, even featuring in the Guinness Book of Records for the World’s Largest Ceili Dance in 2005.
In 1994 Fionan formally commenced teaching Ceili and Set Dancing, receiving his formal dance TMRC qualification from An Coimisiun in 2003. He currently runs regular adult classes, catering for beginners through to advanced. In addition to that he collaborates with primary, secondary and English language schools, helping people to take their next step to experiencing Ceili and Set Dancing. In more recent years his traditional yet unique service has become highly sought after for Wedding Receptions, Conferences and Corporate events.
Outside of running The Ceili Experience, Fionan has played a key role in establishing a number of organisations focused on promoting Folk dancing both in Ireland and internationally. Cork International Folk Dance Festival – Damhsafest, Colours of Ireland, Owenabue Valley Traditional Group, Douglas Comhaltas, Carrigaline Ceili Mor – are just a few. All are instrumental in keeping Ceili and Set Dancing alive in Ireland and beyond.
Fionan Cogan T.M.R.C.
Mobile: +353 87 818 5111
Email: [email protected]