Arlene McVeigh was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth. She found her passion for dance at the tender age of three. A member of Beldance Academy in Dublin, she danced under the guidance and expertise of Belinda Murphy and Carla Power. Having achieved
multiple accolades at regional, national and international level, she became a champion dancer ranking in the top 5 in all major competitions and has won both Dublin and Leinster Championships on numerous occasions.
In 2011 she graduated from the National University of Ireland with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology and has been dancing professionally ever since. In the same year she joined the cast of Rhythm of the Dance where she became the principal female lead. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Canada, Australia, China, Israel,
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. Arlene has also performed with the renowned show Riverdance. She has danced at The Kremlin Palace and Crocus Hall in
Moscow to audiences of 7000 people and at the Great Hall of the People in China to 10,000 people. She also performed alongside Dolly Parton in Dollywood Tennessee and at the New Orleans Casino in Las Vegas. She has also performed for the closing ceremony of the European Games in Azerbaijan. Arlene has appeared with Irish cabaret shows and at
festivals throughout Europe. She has taken part in various programmes on National and International television, most notably, BBC's ‘The Tudors’.
As well as Irish dancing she is a keen runner, taking part in numerous mini-marathons throughout Ireland. She is now studying a PME Masters in Primary Education. Arlene’s studies combine her two great loves Irish dance and her love to educate children. Between touring dates and studying Arlene resides in her hometown of Drogheda where she regularly performs for Damhsa at numerous events across Ireland and at The Belvedere Irish Nights, a resident dinner and show which takes place in the Belvedere Hotel, Dublin.