St Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, and it's the time of year for all things Irish. For those who don't drink and find that green isn't their color, there is still something to do in Nashville for the seventeenth: Irish dancing! Nashville sports several Irish dance schools, complete with lessons in all types of Irish step for a range of ages, and many of them have dance troupes and performances as well.
The Nashville Irish Step Dancers is a group with an impressive history of venues, appearing on TV and at the Ryman, and winning many awards at the Regional and North American championships. Although their Celtic Rhythms on Fire performance has just passed, they are scheduled to perform on the Grand Ole Opry this Friday, March 14 – a tradition of theirs which has been going on for ten years.
The Scott Ellis School of Irish Dance is located in Brentwood, and will offer a free Irish dance class on April 6th. The group will perform at the Fiddle and Pick in Pegram on April 12 and 13, and also offers summer intensive camps.
The Southern Academy of Irish Dance is another Brentwood-based school, a combination of the former Kristin Butke School and O'Brien Irish Dance Academy. The school offers summer camps starting June 9th , and priced at just $85 per student (which is no crock of gold). The three instructors are from England, Ireland, and the U.S., respectively, so it's sure to be a diverse and genuine experience.