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Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance (The Kennedy Center)

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

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.

Upcoming Millennium Stage Performances

Watch these performances free at the Kennedy Center or online.

<i>Zan McLeod’s Celtic Holiday</i>

12/29/14: 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.


Watch Past Performances

A Celtic Holiday 12/26/13: A Celtic Holiday

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

A Celtic Holiday

Zan McLeod and Friends play traditional Irish music with stepdancing by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 3/17/13: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, students offer a performance highlighting the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, students offer a performance highlighting the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 2/16/12: 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

Students showcase the skills they have learned in the school’s many dance classes.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 1/25/11: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Dancers from the Silver Spring, Maryland–based school present a “Tribute to the Irish American President.” Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Dancers from the Silver Spring, Maryland–based school present a “Tribute to the Irish American President.” Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 3/16/10: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

The D.C. school preserves the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

The D.C. school preserves the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.
Irish Christmas in Washington 12/30/09: Irish Christmas in Washington

Billy McComiskey, Zan McLeod, and Brendan Mulvihill perform traditional Irish music on the button accordion, flute, fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, accompanied by The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Irish Christmas in Washington

Billy McComiskey, Zan McLeod, and Brendan Mulvihill perform traditional Irish music on the button accordion, flute, fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, accompanied by The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

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