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McKeever Dancers, Sacramento • Feb 25

Join Director and former Riverdance star Nicole McKeever as she graces the stage with her talented dancers for this exciting first ever school-wide showcase! The McKeever School of Irish dance is Sacramento’s premiere Irish Dance School and a proud tenant of the prestigious E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts. With over 100 students from beginners through champions, children and adults, The McKeever School trains its students to be artists and athletes as well as dancers. tickets

Rhythm in The Night, Campbell • Mar 3

Led by former Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance lead dancer, Justin Boros, the accomplished cast, featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians, brings an inspiring story of love and salvation to life.

The world-renowned Irish dance troupe performs lightning fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an epic orchestral soundtrack, while state of the art lighting ignites the stage into an explosive display of dance and music.  Strength, agility, and precision formulate the fast-paced and breath-taking experience on stage, as the cast performs to heart-pounding and fluid symphonic music! more

Children’s Hour of Song and Dance  • Mar 12

Join Crossroads for a lively hour of Irish dancing and music for children of all ages. The Brosnan School of Irish Dance will provide a wonderful array of Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes for all to enjoy. There’ll also be a sampling of Irish traditional music and recitation for a fun-filled and foot-tapping hour of song and dance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! San Francisco Public Library. Visit Crossroads website for information on this and the many other events scheduled for March 2017.

Dance Classes, San Mateo • Ongoing

Principal Creative & Performing Arts in San Mateo hosts a weekly Irish Ceili Dance Class on Monday Nights. No experience required. Come dance, sweat, and have a great time! more


Dance Session, Sunnyvale • Ongoing


Join 15-25 other dancers for Irish set dancing every Tuesday night (except third Tuesdays) at Lilly Mac’s in Sunnyvale. Bring a partner or come by yourself — there’s always someone to dance with, and arrive early for some tips on the basics.  more

Dance Lessons, Marin • Ongoing Classes

On Thursdays, McBride School of Irish Dance offers classes with award-winning dance instruction for adults. Irish reels, jigs, and folk dances for fun and competition. Anne McBride has been teaching since 1960. Monthly tuition is payable regardless of number of classes taken. Classes are ongoing. more

Dance Lessons, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Danville and Orinda


Learn the basics of Irish Dance, with classes in Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Danville and Orinda. Email or call (415) 205-8090 for more information

Comhaltas Nights – Thursdays @ UICC

Irish set dancing at the United Irish Cultural Center most Thursday evenings, followed by dancing at The Plough and Stars in SF. Please email in advance for confirmation of dates. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Cooley-Keegan Branch was named for Irish accordion players Joe Cooley and Kevin Keegan, and the San Francisco branch was started in the early 1970s. Since that time, the Cooley-Keegan branch has played a major role in keeping Irish traditions alive in Northern California. One of over 400 branches worldwide, the organization welcomes people of all backgrounds. Visit their website

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Are you interested in learning Irish Sean-nós (“Old-style”) dancing, with a friendly seisiun afterwards? New group in the San Francisco Bay Area meetings two Mondays a month. Everyone welcome, whether new to dance or have done some form of percussive dance before, including sean-nós, step, clogging. Sean-nós singing is also welcome at the music session, which follows the dancing, as is Irish, Scottish, any kind of Celtic music. Meetings are currently rotating at different members’ residences and/or local halls. Check out Bay Area Sean-nós Dance Club on Facebook for more details.

Beginner Irish Dance Class

Classes take place on Mondays from 4pm to 5pm at Presidio Dance Theater, Main Post Presidio SF – email to request further information.

Dance Schools

Irish Dance Schools in the Bay Area


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Barnes School of Irish Dancing, Hollister
Adults welcome
Allison Barnes, (831) 634-1650

Brosnan School of Irish Dance
San Anselmo
(415) 259-0992

Celtic Dance Ensemble
Private Coaching and Master Classes.

Deely-Smith School of Irish Dance
Alameda Co., Contra Costa Co., Napa Co.
Adults welcome
Kathleen Deely Braten, Kathleen Smith, (510) 534-7262

Dillon Magh Adhair Academy of Irish Dance
Classes in Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Danville and Orinda
Michael Dillon, ADCRG
Noreen Boyle-Heavey, TCRG
Mary Ann Boyle-Folan, TCRG
Lauren Edberg TCRG
415-205-8090 contact Michael Dillon by email

Desmond School of Irish Dancing
Adults welcome
Kathleen Desmond, (916) 447-0868

Greene School of Irish Dancing
San Jose, Palo Alto
Adults welcome
Sondra Green, (408) 264-1157
Maureen Golden, (408) 867-3641

Healy School of Irish Dance
Serving the Bay Area since 1871!
Patti Ann Ranum, ADCRG, TCRG, (415) 924 – 9100
Alisa Belew, (415) 924 – 9100

Keenan School of Irish Dancing
Petaluma, Sonoma, So. San Francisco
Fidelma Keenan, (650) 588-8093

Whelan-Kennelly School of Irish Dance
San Francisco • South San Francisco • Burlingame • Los Gatos • Tiburon • Sacramento
(415) 665-0554
Contact for more information

McBride School of Irish Dancing
Oakland, Concord, Marin, Fremont, Lafayette, Danville, Dublin, Vallejo
Ann McBride, (510) 530-6240,
Eileen McBride-Parker, (925) 551-8556 (for info on classes in Lafayette)

Murphy Irish Dancers
San Francisco, Colma, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Belmont
Mary Jo Feeney, Trish Feeney-Conefrey, Patricia Naughton, Ellen O’Connor, (415) 587-7133
contact for more info.

Butler Fearon O’Connor School of Irish Dance
The Quilter School of Irish Dancing
Olive Quilter, (510) 521-4369

Turco School of Irish Dancing
Sunnyvale, Mountain View
Rosemary Turco, (408) 374-8272