Shane McAvinchey

Director | Choreographer | Producer

Shane began dancing at the age of six and under the instruction of Anne Callanan he had much competitive success, most notably ranking 4th in the world. At the young age of 16 he started his professional dance career with Riverdance. During his years with the show he traveled across North & South America, Europe, Asia and Australia performing on stages and television stations across the globe.


Since leaving Riverdance Shane has gone on to have principle roles in many productions such as 'The High Kings', 'Dancing Thru the Ages' and 'Ragus' and is the featured dancer with the 'Niamh Ní Charra Band'. In 2009 he had the honor of the invitation to accompany Irish President Mary MacAleese on a state visit to Luxembourg where he performed for royalty and dignitaries representing Irish culture.

Shane resides between Ireland and Munich, Germany where he co-directs the Tir na nOg Irish dance School which has locations in Germany and Poland. His students are among the first Mainland Europeans to compete and medal at World championships and have over 30 European Championship titles between them. He travels regularly to conduct workshops and to date has has taught 1000′s of dancers around the world in countries such as Germany, Poland, USA, France, Spain, Austria, Serbia, Israel, Czech Republic, Russia, Kuwait, Argentina & Ireland. He is also the co-founder of which provides online dance workshops to Irish dancers all around the world.

In 2011, Shane starred in Irish dance feature documentary film “Jig” which had a worldwide theatrical release and after taking an interest in the study of method acting he joined Munich based drama group IMPACT. He attended a 10 day intensive workshop in method acting with Robert Castle from the Lee Strasburg Theater and Film Institute New York and was cast in his first play in 2012. 

In 2014 Shane choreographed and starred in a TV commercial for a Russian banking institute - the film has been viewed by over 40.000 people worldwide. 

Shane has studied with Globe Business College in Munich and brings a unique blend of artistic creativity and entrepreneurial business sense to Up Ya Get Ltd.

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We are a production and events company specialised in Irish dance and performance. Our portfolio ranges from world class stage productions to Irish themed festivals along with developmental dance masterclasses.

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