Dr Sharon Phelan lectures in performing arts and cultural theory at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, County Kerry. She has also performed with Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, and was full-time Artistic Director of the Ionad Culturtha in Ballyvourney, County Cork. Sharon has published internationally on dance and theatre, from cultural and educational perspectives. She has also been a central figure in the establishment of dance as an independent area of study, in second level and third level education, in Ireland. Sharon lives in Tralee, County Kerry, where she continues to research, choreograph, and dance.