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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.

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.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 3/17/09: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a performance by D.C.’s Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a performance by D.C.’s Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Billy McComiskey and Zan McLeod with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 12/27/08: Billy McComiskey and Zan McLeod with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

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

Billy McComiskey and Zan McLeod with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Billy McComiskey and Zan McLeod perform traditional Irish music on the button accordion, flute, fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, accompanied by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 3/8/08: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day a little early with D.C.’s Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, which preserves the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day a little early with D.C.’s Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, which preserves the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.
Celtic Christmas with The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 12/26/07: Celtic Christmas with The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

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

Celtic Christmas with The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Billy McCominskey, Zan McLeod, and Jim Eagan perform traditional Irish music on the button accordion, flute, fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, accompanied by The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 3/16/07: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the unique tradition of Irish music and dance.
Billy McComiskey, Zan McLeod, and Brendan Mulvihill 12/30/06: Billy McComiskey, Zan McLeod, and Brendan Mulvihill

The trio performs traditional Irish music on the button accordion, flute, fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, accompanied by The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Billy McComiskey, Zan McLeod, and Brendan Mulvihill

The trio performs traditional Irish music on the button accordion, flute, fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, accompanied by The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 3/17/06: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a performance of traditional Irish music and dance by this D.C.-based school.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a performance of traditional Irish music and dance by this D.C.-based school.
McComiskey, McLeod, & Mulvihill 12/27/05: McComiskey, McLeod, & Mulvihill

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.

McComiskey, McLeod, & Mulvihill

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.
Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance 3/15/05: Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance preserves the unique tradition of Irish music and dance and passes it on to new generations of dancers.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance preserves the unique tradition of Irish music and dance and passes it on to new generations of dancers.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards 1/10/05: The Mayor’s Arts Awards

Mayor Anthony A. Williams hosts The Mayor’s Arts Awards, an evening of live performances and award presentations honoring D.C.’s arts world, including performances by the DC Caribbean Carnival Dancers, the Image Band, and the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
In association with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards

Mayor Anthony A. Williams hosts The Mayor’s Arts Awards, an evening of live performances and award presentations honoring D.C.’s arts world, including performances by the DC Caribbean Carnival Dancers, the Image Band, and the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
In association with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Irish Holiday Celebration 12/26/04: Irish Holiday Celebration

Billy McCominsky, Jim Eagan, Zan McLeod, and The Culkin Scool of Traditional Irish Dance perform traditional Irish song and music on the button accordion, flute, banjo, guitar, and bodhran.

Irish Holiday Celebration

Billy McCominsky, Jim Eagan, Zan McLeod, and The Culkin Scool of Traditional Irish Dance perform traditional Irish song and music on the button accordion, flute, banjo, guitar, and bodhran.
Irish Christmas 12/26/03: Irish Christmas

Brendan Mulvihill, Billy McComiskey, and Zan McLeod commemorate the holidays with rousing Irish tunes, joined by dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Irish Christmas

Brendan Mulvihill, Billy McComiskey, and Zan McLeod commemorate the holidays with rousing Irish tunes, joined by dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Irish Christmas Celebration 12/26/02: Irish Christmas Celebration

Accordionist Billy McComiskey, guitarist Zan McLeod and fiddler Jim Eagan celebrate the holidays with rousing Irish tunes and masterful musicianship, joined by dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Irish Christmas Celebration

Accordionist Billy McComiskey, guitarist Zan McLeod and fiddler Jim Eagan celebrate the holidays with rousing Irish tunes and masterful musicianship, joined by dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

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