List of Irish Dancing Schools

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Irish dancing has grown in popularity from strong Irish-American communities in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. The success of Irish dancer Michael Flatley's "Riverdance" tour in the 1990s popularized these dance forms throughout the country. Prospective dancers need to learn about the moves, clothing and shoes that are part of traditional Irish step and social dancing. Dancers learn the culture, history and techniques of Irish dancing at schools throughout the United States.

Kennelly School of Irish Dance

  • Kennelly School of Irish Dance schedules beginning and advanced courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays at its San Francisco studio. This Irish dance school offers additional classes and private lessons at locations in Sacramento, Los Gatos and Burlingame. Successful students can prepare for recitals at "feiseanna," or Irish dance festivals, throughout the Bay Area. The head master and dress master at Kennelly School inspect every student's attire to match strict standards. The Kennelly Dance Company is a nationally touring troupe with professional dancers who act as role models and instructors for aspiring Irish dancers.

    Kennelly School of Irish Dance
    1446 12th Ave.
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    415-665-0554
    kennellyschool.com

Ealain Ceime Irish Dance School

  • Ealain Ceime Irish Dance School runs Irish dance lessons in Michigan at studios in Troy, Rochester, St. Clair Shores, Clarkston and Farmington. These lessons range from the Tiny Shoes program for kids to advanced adult classes. Students learn about soft shoe and hard shoe dancing along with step and group dance steps used by Irish dancers. Ealain Ceime Irish Dance School blends these standard lessons with occasional courses on Ceili dancing in its monthly class schedule. The school offers a free lesson to every prospective student to show the format of a typical course.

    Ealain Ceime Irish Dance School
    23020 Power Road
    Farmington, MI 48336
    248-805-1232
    ealainceime.com

Trinity Academy of Irish Dance

  • Trinity Academy of Irish Dance offers classes at six locations in the Chicago metro area and eight locations in southeast Wisconsin. This Irish dance school focuses on young dancers with its River Program for 4- and 5-year-olds and the County Program for children more than 6 years old. Instructors look for exceptional students from the Country Program for promotion to the Province Program. The Taste of Trinity Program is a summer program intended for children under 12 years old that covers basic skills in Irish dancing.

    Trinity Academy of Irish Dance
    2936 N. Southport Ave. Third Floor
    Chicago, IL 60657
    773-529-4822
    trinity-dancers.com

Shelley School of Irish Dance

  • The Shelley School of Irish Dance is located in Cedar Hills, Utah, with an additional studio in Provo. Prospective students can complete five-week tryout courses at Shelley School for less than $50 per person. The school's weekday schedule includes at least one soft shoe and one hard shoe lesson per evening. Successful students show off their Irish dancing skills at seasonal recitals open to the public. The Shelley Irish Dance Company features professional dancers who participate in dance festivals and charity events throughout the Southwest.

    Shelley School of Irish Dance
    9804 N. Canyon Road
    Cedar Hills, UT 84062
    801-785-3491
    shelleyirishdance.com

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