As a sean-nós dancer Rónán captures the heart, humour and subtlety of traditional music and dances percussively to the essence of the tune. He performs extensively at events such as the Inis Bofin Set Dancing Festival, An tOireachtas, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dublin and in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the Cork Opera house and the Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre in Boston. He has performed in more than 16 states in America, Canada and Mexico as well as throughout Europe and Russia.
In 2010 Rónán won the All-Ireland Fleadh (Cavan 2010) Sean-nós Dance Competition.
Rónán is also a discerning adjudicator of sean-nós dance and has adjudicated at The World Fleadh, The Cos Cos Sean-Nós festival as well as at Fleadhannna and other key sean-nós dance competitions.
Sean-nós Dance Teacher
Rónán Regan is recognised as having revolutionized the teaching of sean-nós dancing with his 'ALPHABET OF STEPS' and 'STEP CREATION' techniques which he devised, developed and honed over years of teaching his craft.
These techniques; presented on his critically acclaimed DVD 'Dance Sean-nós for beginners' (2009); allow the learner to engage at an early stage of their development in the process of creativity and improvisation, essential aspects of sean-nós dance. Many of Rónán's students have gone on to achieve fame as competent dancers and teachers in their own right. Amongst an illustrious list of Rónán's former students are Suzanne Leahy, Shannon Dunne, Alicia Guinn (taught in workshops in America and Ireland 2003-5); Tereza Bernardova (taught at the Prague International Summer Festival 2007); Emma O' Sullivan (taught at weekly classes in the Crane Bar, Galway 2005/6), Mary Beth Taylor (taught at Feis na nGael Festivals throughout 2011), and Alexey Popov (taught in Russia and Drumshanbo between 2009-11).
"I attended improvers classes with Ronan Regan in 2005 / 2006. The musicality and intricity of his footwork has continually inspired me as a dancer. My dancing is strongly influenced by his creative and fluid dance style. Ronan is a natural teacher with a wonderful relaxed and humorous teaching style. His love for sean-nós dance is infectious. Without doubt one of the finest sean-nós dancers in this country. A master of his craft."
Emma o Sullivan, August, 2010
Rónán offers sean-nós dance workshops throughout Ireland and abroad. He has provided tuition to all ages in educational centers' such as the Clann Resource Centre, Galway, the Ark Cultural Centre for children, Dublin and the Glór center in Ennis. He has also taught at numerous third level institutions including University Limerick, University Washington, Seattle, Evergreen State College, Olympia and the University of Wiscounsin, Milwaukee.
He is an on-going tutor at the Feis na nGael Festival, Dublin and at many annual events such as the Joe Mooney Summer School, Leitrim; Sean-nós Cois Life, Dublin; The Cos Cos Festival, Sligo; Errigle Arts Festival, Donegal; The John Joe Gordon Festival, Fermanagh and the Moscow Sean-nós Dance Festival, Russia.
"Known for his clear, concise teaching techniques and his ability to pass on this living tradition of Irish dance."
Sean-nós Milwaukee, 2007