Fionan Cogan TMRC has been running the Céilí Fit Classes in Carrigaline since 2008.
Fionan Cogan started dancing in the old crystal ballroom in Carrigaline, Co. Cork at the tender age of five under the wonderful tuition of Peggy Mc Taggart. When he turned 17 Fionan started his international dancing career as part of the dancing section of the Carrigaline Pipe Band when he performed at the International Celtic Festival in Moana, Northern Spain.
As part of the Carrigdhoun Traditional Group he went to stateside on a three-week tour of Seattle and Washington’s states in America where the group walked the infamous “green mile” and led the St Patrick Day Parade. The tour included workshops teaching people Ceili & Set dancing throughout the states.
In 1992, Fionan spent six months in Connemara. On his return to Cork he was the only person who knew how to teach the then complex Connemara set. From the workshops he held in Connemara, he had developed his own teaching method for the Connemara set and consequently enjoyed leading people and thus his passion for teaching started. Fionan assisted established dancing teachers to learn the ropes.
After two years of training in 1994 he held his own ceili and set dancing classes in the Carrigaline Community Centre as part of the Adult Education night classes. Fionan had 24 dancers attend the class of which some are still dancing today.
On his return to Ireland Fionan realised he wanted to pursue his passion for teaching people the joy of ceili and set dancing and wanted to teach all ages. He set about becoming a qualified dancing teacher with Cairde Rinca Ceili na hEireann. On qualifying Fionan started teaching primary and secondary schools throughout Cork City and County. He developed courses for both, which fitted with the aims of what the schools wanted each year to develop. Today Fionan teaches children during the day and holds adult classes at various locations throughout the week.
Other Milestone Dates
1999 – Tutor and program co-coordinator for the Owenabue Valley Traditional group and oversaw the group travelling and performing at the Farruap International Folk Dance Festival along with the Irish tour in America, where he was an assistant choreographer.
2000 – Part of the first group to perform at the Expo 2000 which was held in Hanover International Festival.
2001 – Hungary performed at the Gyor International Festival to an audience of 5000.
2002 – 2012 – Established classes for children and adults throughout Cork.