History of Echoes of Erin
Catriona Newcombe originally comes from Ballycastle and started dancing with the Marlene Dunlop school of Irish dancing at the tender age of 3yrs old and won her first Championship at 9yrs old. She went on to win the European Championships and was runner up in the World Irish Dancing championships.
She is a fully qualified Irish Dancing teacher who has trained World and Europeans Champions, an Adjudicator; ADCRG, holds a BA/BSc Degree in Dance , a BTEC in Performing Arts, a LAMDA Teaching Certificate in Communication, (LTCC) and a Gold Medal in Acting from LAMDA.
Her varied career as an Irish dance performer, teacher and choreographer spans 25 years across countries including Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Taiwan, UAE (Dubai), Hong Kong, America and Singapore. Opening Schools in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Northern Ireland.
In 2013 Catriona Newcombe founded the ‘Celtic Bauhinia’ Irish Dancing Troupe, the first and only dance troupe dedicated to Irish dancing in Hong Kong and Asia. The troupe, comprising locally-based Irish dancers of European and world ranking, won second place in the World Irish Dance Drama competition at the World Irish Dancing Championships in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Her true passion is chorography. She was co choreographer in the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s production of the ‘Bug Symphony’ starring Scotty and Lulu, produced by Leanne Nicholls and directed by Keith Hawley who has worked alongside stars such as Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross and Peter Allan.
Her ‘Celtic Bauhinia’ Dance troupe has performed alongside the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Irish piper Davy Spillane of Riverdance fame, The Chieftains and Kara Butler, Mairead Nesbitt (violinist) and Stephen Scariff.
‘I have always known that I would teach and it is great to have the opportunity to travel the world and pass all my experiences and knowledge on to so many. Even better still is to have taught such a diverse multi-cultural mix of children and adults and to watch them become so absorbed in the fantastic art of Irish Dancing, especially here in Asia’ – Catriona Newcombe