“Keira’s a stunning performer and a terrific collaborator. She’s rigorous in the detail of her work and has a fascinating ability to leave this detail behind and transform into a dancer who’s entire focus becomes the stage … Mikel Murphy
Keira Martin – Aerial Irish Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer and Movement Director- was born and raised in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.Her early influences are from a musical and creative upbringing being exposed to and performing in music and street theatre from an early age. Trained in traditional Irish Step Dance, she went on to compete at an International level before commencing her studies at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds) and New School for Dance Development (Amsterdam). Since graduating Keira has been a widely sought after performer with companies and has toured nationally and internationally for he past 20 years with: Yolande Snaith, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre Kompany Malakhi, Assault Events, Charlerio/PlanK, Biserk Dance, State of Emergency, Bermuda Dance Co, Nathan Trice Dance Rituals and Spirit of The Dance. She has undertaken projects with renowned artists Jonathan Burrows, Yolande Snaith, Bawren Tavaziva, Beth Cassani, Luca Silvestrini, Donald Edwards, Yael Flexor, Nic Sandiland, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Sally Marie, and Vincent Dance Theatre, Channel 4, ,Maverick TV. And she has tapped danced with the artist SEAL which was aired on BET! And was Commissioned by Breeze International 2016 ‘Armley Mill project’. Commissioned for the Billingham international Dance festival 2011. She has also collaborated with a range of musicians including John Joe Kelly, Damien O’Kane, Mike McGoldrick and Rachael McShane . Has been rehearsal director for Mobius Dance Theater and Autin Dance Theater. She was an invited ‘Dance Legend’ at Karla Shacklock’s ‘Out of The Box’ project 2016. also worked with theatre directors Dr Daniel Banks and Mikel Murfi. Currently Keira is collaborating with Hayley Youell as part of ‘Outfit’, Wayne Sables Project ‘Intense Attachment’, ‘Company of Others’. Creative Recovery. Keira was recently rehearsal director for Slanjayvah Danza worked on an out door show with Earth-Bound and has been the movement director for Bent Architect. And most recently presented a Wild Card evening at Sadler’s Wells.
Recently Keira received legacy funding form Surf the Wave 2019 to work alongside The Civic Barnsley on programming and to delver outreach with AMATA and Carn to Cove in Cornwall.
Keira is a BENCH fellow 2016-2017, a board member of Dance United Yorkshire as well as a parent governor at her sons Primary school in Leeds.
Most recent Keira has produced over the past three years a 50 minute Solo work ‘Here Comes Trouble‘ under the direction of Charlotte Vincent with music composed by Jamie Roberts with the support of Vincent Dance Theatre and Arts Council England.
‘Keira is currently working on a new duet work ‘Good Blood’ with her sister Sioda Martin the work has received commissions from NSCD Northern Connections and a SEED Commission from 2Faced Dance Company and ACE. Good Blood previews this year to tour 2020!
She has just returned form Kingston Jamaica where she worked in collaboration with Kofi Walker and the education department to deliver Irish dance to schools in Kingston.