The 2016 KVMR Celtic Festival featured:
O’Sullivan Academy of Irish Dance
Irish Step Dancing
Melissa O’Sullivan believes that all people can dance and she is excited to show each student how they can become an Irish dancer. With 20 years of dance teaching experience, she has developed positive instructional methods that can help students reach their goals. Melissa began studying Irish Dance at the tender age of 4 and went on to study dance throughout high school and college. In 1989, she started working as a professional dance instructor and choreographer, and after intense study received her Bachelor of Arts – Dance in 1995 from San Jose State University. She spent five years as a dance judge for Winterguard competitions. From its early 2002 beginnings, Melissa owned and directed O’Sullivan’s Dance Academy, which focused on Irish Dance along with ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop dance styles. O’Sullivan Academy is proud to have its own touring Irish Repertory Company which travels and performs year round.
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The McKeever School of Irish Dance
The McKeever School of Irish Dance of Sacramento offers Irish dance lessons to beginner through champion levels, and to both children and adults. They are located in the heart of Sacramento, California. Owner and instructor Nicole McKeever toured the world for seven years with professional dance companies such as Riverdance the show. She also holds her Irish dance teaching certification, or T.C.R.G. as well as a Master’s Degree in Irish Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. The McKeever School performers span in age and experience and all have an avid love for this amazing dance tradition.
Two hundred years ago, settlers from the Scottish Highlands and Western Islands immigrated to Cape Breton, an isolated island off the tip of present-day Nova Scotia. They brought with them a form of hard-shoe dance then performed in Scotland. These steps have largely died out in the old country but have been preserved in the kitchens and living rooms and on the dance floors of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Similar to clogging, Irish step, and tap-dance, they are performed to fiddle or bagpipe or even puirt-a-beul (singing without instruments).