Irish Dance

Archived Responses: 

Sept 2006

Hi, I'm looking for a class for my 4 year old that teaches Irish type dancing in the East Bay. There are some older recommendations in the archives but they all seem to be for SF or the Pennisula. Any suggestions? Thank you

McBride School of Irish Dance holds classes on Tuesday evenings in the Glenview neighborhood of Oakland, at 1318 Glenfield Avenue (just off Park Blvd). The class for new beginners starts at 6PM and ends at 6:30. You can visit the class any Tuesday and either watch or have your child join in to try it out. This is the best way to get information, because the people who run the classes work very hard and often don't manage to respond quickly to inquiries or find time to update the website. Heather, who teaches the new beginners, is remarkable -- patient and very sweet with the young ones, she sees each dancer as an individual and moves them along at just the right pace. And Annie McBride, who owns the school and has been highly respected in the Irish dance community for decades, makes sure her teachers use a more nurturing approach than many Irish dance schools do. We did not know how great Irish dance was going to turn out to be when we started (my daughter was six). For us it has been a great way to get exercise, central to a wonderful community of friends, and a real joy. Good luck to you Feis mom
Oct. 2003

Does anyone know of any Irish or Scottish style dancing classes appropriate for an 11 year old boy, preferably in the East Bay? My son has two years solid ballet training and is looking for new challenges to add on. Mom of Happy Feet

Here's a list of Irish Dance Schools. All of these schools perform at the top levels of irish dancing, both nationally and internationally:
  BOYLE SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCING 2014 Palmetto Drive, Suite A Pacifica, CA 94044 Tel: (650) 738-2707     HEALY SCHOOL OF DANCE 2036 Taraval St., S.F. Tel: (415) 664-3247 & 461-0475 Santa Rosa, Novato, Mill Valley & Terra Linda locations     KEENAN SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCING Sonoma County Tel: (707) 542-1367 [updated 2/2005 by Fidelma at]  KENNELLY SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay Tel: (415) 665-0554     MURPHY IRISH DANCERS San Francisco/Colma/Millbrae/ Burlingame/San Mateo/Belmont Tel: (415) 587-7133     WHELAN ACADEMY OF DANCE San Francisco, Millbrae, San Mateo Tel: (415) 242 5177   
Also recommended: Scottish Country Dancing