History of Echoes of Erin
Catriona Newcombe comes from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland and holds a BA/BSc Degree (Dance and Arts in Healing & Learning), a TCRG, TMRF, 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 20 years across several countries including Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Taiwan, UAE (Dubai), Hong Kong USA and Singapore. She has won the title of Champion at the European Irish Dancing Championships and runner-up at the World Irish Dancing Championships.
In 2011 she choreographed and danced alongside the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Irish piper Davy Spillane of Riverdance fame. In 2013 Catriona Newcombe founded the Celtic Bauhinia Irish Dancing Troupe, the first and only dance troupe dedicated to Irish dancing in Hong Kong. The troupe, comprising locally-based Irish dancers of European and world ranking, won second place in the World Irish Dance Drama competition at the European and World Irish Dancing Championships in Düsseldorf in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The troupe performed at the Venetian Carnival in Macau, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and at Clockenflap. Each year they perform for the Hong Kong’s St Patrick’s Irish Society Gala Ball, the HKGAA and many more events. In June 2015 as 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.
The Celtic Bauhinia’s Dance troupe has perfromed along The Cheiftans and Mairead Nesbitt and Stephen Scariff which was a great honour. Catriona Newcombe has worked in the HKAPA and has been Founder and Director of the Echoes of Erin School of Irish Dance since 2008.
‘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