Catherine Young is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and one of the 2016/2017 UK Bench Fellows. She is an Associate Artist with Siamsa Tire where she has been Dancer/Choreographer in Residence multiple times since 2006 as well as Dancer in Residence with Kerry County Council. She founded & co-curated Tocht International Dance Festival (2011-2015). In 2011, she established Catherine Young Dance and has been making & touring work to critical acclaim with sell out runs of her recent company works “State of Exception," "Welcoming the Stranger," Ultima Thule” and “Woman Stood Regardless.” 

She holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick where she is also a guest lecturer/choreographer on the BA and MA programs and has a Certificate in Theatre Directing from National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She spent eight years training and performing in San Francisco and New York and has studied/worked with Printz Dance Project (USA), The American Conservatory Theatre (USA), Darell Jones (USA), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo Ba Teria Dance Company – Africa), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Schecter Company (UK).

She has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Coisceim Dance Theatre, Shawbrook Touring Company, the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Féile Fáilte and the University of Limerick. Catherine was one of the 2014 artists selected to partake in Dublin Theatre Festival’s Next Stage Programme and in 2015 she was selected to partake in South East Dance’s Dramaturgy TEST programme with Dramaturg in Residence Lou Cope. She has been recipient of multiple awards from the Arts Council since 2006 including the Dance Bursary Awards, the Dance Artist in Residence Awards and the Dance Project Awards. Her work has been performed throughout Ireland including the Dublin Dance Festival, Feile na Bealtaine, The Dublin Fringe Festival, The Big Bang Festival, Feile Failte, The Wexford Opera House, The Pavillion Theatre, as well as touring internationally opening the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017. Catherine served as a board member of Dance Research Forum Ireland 2008-2012, she is current co-curator for the What Next Festival at Dance Limerick and is also a certified yoga teacher (RYT 500).


“She is a choreographer that we will hear about for a long time” Jonathan Kelleher, Artistic Director, Siamsa Tíre – The National Folk Theatre of Ireland

“Catherine has an ability to inspire creative, technical and intelligent work in dance.”Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer, Kerry County Council