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Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance



Biography

The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, founded in 1997, currently enrolls more than 400 students. Director Sean Culkin’s goal for the school is to preserve the unique tradition of Irish music and dance and pass it on to new generations of dancers, having fun while learning. Competition and performance are not the focus of the school though it prepares students to compete and perform with success and pride. If a dancer chooses not to compete, the school provides many opportunities for dancers to utilize the skills they have learned by participating in ceilis and/or performances scheduled throughout the year. A secondary goal of the school is to share Irish music and dance with the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area community by participating in a variety of local events and performances.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/16/2017: The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, founded in 1997, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at the Kennedy Center. The School currently enrolls more than 400 students, teaching them the unique tradition of Irish music and dance, and shares Irish music and dance with the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area community by participating in a variety of local events and performances.

Video 6/4/2016: The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance (Maryland/DC)

Directed by Sean Culkin, the school preserves the tradition of Irish music and dance and passes it on to new generations of dancers throughout the Washington-Baltimore area. Join them for a free step class beginning at 5 p.m., no experience necessary!

Video 1/1/2016: Culkin School of Irish Dance

Welcome the New Year with Irish tunes and steps featuring the Culkin School of Irish Dance. Enjoy Irish music and dance by local artists in this celebration of Irish culture.

Video 12/29/2014: Zan McLeod’s Celtic Holiday

Enjoy traditional Irish music and step-dancing as guitarist Zan McLeod collaborates with the group Skylark, comprised of Elise Kress (flute and vocals) and Alex Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), and with the Culkin Irish Dancers.

Video 12/26/2013: A Celtic Holiday

Zan McLeod and Friends play traditional Irish music with stepdancing by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Video 2/16/2012: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Students showcase the skills they have learned in the school’s many dance classes.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance