Catriona Bucke T.C.R.G

Catriona Bucke (formally Catriona Hale), was born in Coventry to Irish parents and started dancing at the young age of 3 years old.  With her mother Kathleen being a former All Ireland champion, it seemed only natural that she should go on to be a dancer.  Together with John Carey she danced for the Doherty Academy for a great many years and in that time won numerous achievements. 

To name but a few:

  • 8 times World Champion,
  • 7 times All Ireland Champion,
  • 10 times Great Britain Champion,
  • 5 times American Nationals Champion
  • ... and for several years held every major title in Irish dancing. 

Nearing the end of her competitive career, Catriona and John were called upon to audition for Riverdance and performed in their opening run in the Hammersmith Apollo in London for a short while before leaving to complete her studies.  Shortly after, a call came to say that Michael Flatley was creating a new show, Lord of the Dance, and that he wished Catriona and John to be part of it; they packed their bags and off they went!

Catriona was immediately appointed the role of dance captain for the troupe and was also assigned position of understudy for both Soirse and Morrighan, going on then to take on the permanent role of Morrighan before long. 

She has performed all over the world including Australia, Tasmania, USA to name a few and also has performed on stage at a number of television shows during these times, the most thrilling being the 69th annual Oscar Academy Awards! 

Upon the show branching out she and now husband Declan were appointed to train a brand new troupe to perform Lord of the Dance in Las Vegas and she lived and performed there for 4 years.

Now, from competitive dancing to touring the world and performing in front of sold out crowds, she returned to Coventry where she lives with her husband Declan and her two young sons Rafferty and Fintan and returned to her love of teaching children to dance.