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.
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The Kennelly School started in 1959 and Patricia Kennelly assumed the role as director in 1975. The Kennelly School is proud to have won titles in solo, ceili, figure and drama categories at the North American Championships, All Ireland, European, Great Britain, British National, and All Scotland Championships, and her students have also placed on the podium at the World Championships.
From private receptions for Irish dignitaries to major musical events in arenas like the Hollywood Bowl or dancing with great bands such as the Chieftains, DeDannaan, Eileen Ivers, Arcady, Danu, and so many more, the school has a rich history in performing and the promotion of traditional Irish music.
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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, Canada. They brought with them a hard-shoe dance then performed in Scotland. and preserved today in the homes and on the dance floors of Cape Breton Island. Caper Duck, founded in 1997 and based in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area, preserves the classic tradition of the step dancing and has performed at Scottish Games and Celtic events from Redding to Bakersfield.
Formed in 2004 and based in the Sacramento area, Stepping Out is a group of dancers which has performed Cape Breton Step Dancing at various celebrations, multi-cultural events, and Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festivals in Northern California.
Cape Breton Step Dancing began in the early 1700s when Gaelic-speaking settlers from Scotland’s Western Isles and Highlands started arriving in Cape Breton, the island portion of Canada’s Province of Nova Scotia. This form of Celtic hard shoe dancing, which is percussive and rhythmic, is traditionally done in a kitchen-like setting among friends and family. Passed down from parent to child, even today there is no formalization of this dance form.
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