Dance Research Forum Ireland (DRFI) was established by ethnochoreologist and dancer Dr Catherine Foley on 28th June, 2003, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Originally named the Irish Dance Research Forum, its title was changed to Dance Research Forum Ireland in 2004. The establishment of the society coincided with the hosting of the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference, at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 2003. A board of directors was elected and Catherine was elected its Founding Chair (2003), a position she held until 2010.
DRFI was established with an inclusive, interdisciplinary and international ethos where dance scholars and artists could share their work amidst a supporting community. DRFI aims to develop, promote and encourage scholarship – academic-based and practice-based through biennial international conferences, student symposia and seminars. The scholar, scholar-performer, artist, and performing- scholar all contribute to the inclusive ethos of the society.
Dissemination of the work of DRFI has been through publications of its international conference proceedings and Dance Notes, a series of theme-specific publications. DRFI has also been instrumental in the establishment of the National Dance Archive of Ireland at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick, of which Dr. Catherine Foley is its Founding Director (2009 – to date). For further information on the National Dance Archive of Ireland visit their website.