Dingle native, David Geaney, a 5 X World Champion Dancer, is taking the world by storm. After an illustrious competitive career, amassing numerous major titles including All Ireland, European, All Scotland and Great Britain Championships alongside his five world titles, he has now set his sights on choreographing and performing around the world which has seen him perform already in Belgium, Prague, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Canada and the United States.
In 2011, David’s dancing started moving away from the strict competitive style to a performance style when he took part in and won TG4’s An Jig Gig. In the same year he was a top 10 finalist in the Ernst and Young, Young Entrepreneur Programme, with performance dancing being his business idea. In 2012, he went on to win Kerry’s Got Talent, pitting his talents against dancers, singers and musicians alike with a prize fund of €5,000.
David performs regularly in his family’s bar, The Dingle Pub, in Dingle, County Kerry dancing with live musicians and entertaining tourists from all around the globe since he was 14! It is here that he established his strong connection with live music, free styling his steps to match the beat of the music.... which isn’t easy! David regularly works in the family pub, surprising tourists by taking the floor after answering their “when is the dancer” queries & serving them their delicious dinner just moments before!
At 16 years of age David joined Celtic Steps The Show, dancing to audiences from all over the globe in the INEC arena, as the lead male dancer. One of his highlights of his time in the show was performing at the World Surfing Championships in October of 2015. He has also performed with the hit show Trad on the Prom at the Volvo Ocean Race on its stopover in Galway city, as well as travelling to Denmark with the show the past few years to perform sell out shows in Copenhagen. David also performed with Cork-based show, Pulses of Tradition on St Patrick’s Day in 2013, which was live streamed to over 2 million people in San Francisco. He has since travelled with the show to Edinburgh performing to sell out crowds in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms theatre’s where he was dubbed ‘the best dancer we have ever seen’.
David continued to lead Celtic Steps The Show up until 2017 when he decided to set up his own brand new production, Velocity, which he debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2017. The show was seen by thousands of people, with some dubbing it “the best show we have ever seen at the fringe” and receiving several 5 star reviews from national press, with The Scotsman claiming it to be the “dance hour of the Fringe”! David is now planning on bringing his production, whom he set up with James Devine, the world record holder for the fastest feet in the world, out on the road in 2018 bringing it to the US, Canada, the UK and some parts of Europe. Be sure to follow David across all social media pages to keep an eye out for when he will be in a city near you!!
In 2017, David was approached by the producers of the world famous talent show, “Britain’s Got Talent”, to see if he was interested in taking part in the competition! Despite the intense pressure of his final year exams, David decided to come up with a new and exciting concept to try out on the show using LED screens and complex programming! David’s performance was widely applauded with Simon Cowell acknowledging that he was “onto something” calling him “an ideas man”! After reaching the live semi finals, 3 days after his final exam, David produced a spectacular performance in the semi final in front of millions of viewers on live television! David now says that he wants to take “these unfinished ideas” and “take them to back where I originally imagined them in my head!” His clear passion for technology and performance will no doubt produce an incredible spectacle that will be witnessed around the globe!
In 2015, David also decided to set up a traditional Irish music and dance act called “Officially Tapped” with some of his friends. The lads have since gone on to perform regularly at weddings and functions, whilst headlining Fleadh Cheoil gig rigs around the country.
David has also made a number of guest appearances for major acts including world renowned The Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, Aslan, The Dartry Ceili Band and none other than world famous Sharon Shannon. David has performed regularly with Sharon on her trips to Kerry, whom she recently dubbed ‘The present day Fred Astaire’ and ‘A national treasure!’.
With his talents well recognized at this stage, and with Riverdance and the likes an option, David decided to remain at home to finish his degree in the University of Limerick studying Economics and Mathematical Sciences where he graduated in 2017. With his degree in his back pocket and an unyielding desire to produce spectacular material to showcase to audiences around the world, the young Kerry man won’t be falling back on the math & economics problems just yet!!
Celtic Steps was born in 2011 as an Irish traditional music, song & dance show with a strong emphasis on Irish dancing.
A core group of performers were auditioned and those chosen rehearsed and created what became an amazing internationally acclaimed show having performed to almost 200,000 people over the last four seasons. What was unsual at its inception was the recruitment of Dingle’s, David Geaney!
Being from Kerry we were well aware of this sixteen year old talent but nothing could have prepared us for his ability and technique when taken away from competition style dancing! His immediate interaction with audiences and nightly standing ovations meant he quickly became a household name in Kerry and around the rest of Ireland" says David Rea, producer of Celtic Steps.
Sean Murphy, musician and co-producer of the show remarks:"David Geaney dancing an accapella nightly quickly became the talk of the town! He literally sends each audience into a trance with his mesmerising routines until they explode into yet another standing ovation!"
The show has now grown to a seven month season of seven nights per week. "David Geaney grew with the show and developed into a world class entertainer," continues David Rea, "not all dancers transfer from competition to concert, the rigidity of training develops the skill and technique but the showmanship is a difficulty for many, for David Geaney, it was like he had found his niche! As a five times World Irish Dancing Champion he had nothing to prove but rather than sit on his laurels he progressed into helping with the choreography. His wealth of talent and unique skill set resulted in even more amazing routines!"
"David operates on a great level with both the band and all the dancers, he is really a team player and nothing is a problem whether it be after show photographs ,interviews or just meeting that couple who fulfilled their life long dream of a trip from Australia! David will meet them and spend time after every show, a true gentleman!" says Sean Murphy.
David has forged a lifelong bond with Celtic Steps and epitomises the ethos of our show. Great entertainment , great fun and above all, fantastic performers just doing what they love, we know whatever path David chooses he will be a success but in the meantime it's back to rehearsals for 2016 for him and all the cast and opening night April 3rd!
We host “unplugged Concerts” three nights a week at Siopa Ceoil in Dingle and David performs with us regularly. There are no words that can describe David’s performance! Every member of the audience is wowed and in awe of David’s amazing ability and he brings the house down every time! He has been mentioned on TripAdvisor more times that we can remember and has an abaility that is unrivalled! We wish David every success in what is going to be an epic career!
"I first met David 5 years ago when he was a transition student and needed work experience in the Accountancy office where I work & he had already decided he did not want to have anything to do with Accountancy, Bless him now he is in his third year of Accountancy!! During those three weeks his feet did much more work under the desk than his hands over the desk, still he is a quick learner.
Two years ago a Traditional Music event was being held in University College Limerick by Ned Kelly from Co Tipperary. To add to the event I asked David if he would do a piece in the concert, without question David agreed. The concert was a huge success raising €28,000 for the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, David's participation had no small part to play in this.
Such was the success of the concert that a year later it was repeated in the INEC Killarney & again David readily agreed to take part, even though it was the night of his 21st birthday.
We have always found David to be very amenable & willing to take part in any fundraising event & we can be assured that any event he takes part in is always a huge success & can be guaranteed to raise even more funds for an event.
We in the Foundation would highly recommend David, his skill & ability in Irish Dancing transfixes an audience & has to be seen to be believed, added to this he is very encouraging of up and coming dancers & willing to show them techniques in Irish Dance.<br>
We are very happy to have David associated with the #Livelife Foundation."
We have had the pleasure of David Geaney performing with Pulses of Tradition on a number of occasions, most notably at the Gradam Ceoil TG4 live broadcast, in 2015.
David is an exceptional dancer, executing the most complex rhythms and steps with consummate ease. He is a true professional, an absolute pleasure to work with, and takes everything in his stride. The natural fluidity and effortless style he portrays makes him an ideal lead dancer, as he commands the full attention of any audience, and continuously wows them with his breath-taking skill. We look forward to having David perform with us again in the near future!