Michaela comes from just outside the village of Beaufort in Co. Kerry and grew up surrounded by a love for Irish Music and Dance. From a young age, her Nan had her dancing around the kitchen floor while she played the box and her passion grew from there.
Michaela, like many was taught Irish Step Dance in her primary school years, however found this particular style of dance wasn’t suited to her. It wasn’t until later in life she stumbled across the style of Sean Nòs Dancing and was immediately drawn to the art form. Taught by the extremely talented Triona Mangan, she went on to pursue her love of dance in college.
In August 2021, Michaela graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Irish Music and Dance (Performing Arts) from the Irish World Academy- University of Limerick. Michaela also plays the concertina, which she believes helps her understand the relationship between music and dance, a relationship whereby the dancer must almost act like an instrument.
Michaela likens her dance style and genre of steps to an eclectic mix which stem from all over learning repertoire, taking root in counties Kerry, Leitrim, Mayo, Galway and she delights in sharing her unique style with the Celtic Steps audience nightly.