Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018

The 46th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 7th July to Sunday 15th July, 2018.

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  7ú Iúil - 15ú Iúil.

Special dance workshops for 2018

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is delighted to welcome back Irish-American performers Kieran Jordan and Kevin Doyle who will give a series of dance workshops during the week.


Sparks on the Floor: Irish Step Dance and American Tap Dance is the title of their exploration and demonstration of the evolution of Irish step dances into contemporary American forms. The workshops will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th July, at the Mill Marquee, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. These workshops are unique to this year's Summer School and they are free to registered students and €10 per day to non-registered participants. Kevin and Kieran will be collaborating with master Irish step dancer and local man Aidan Vaughan.


They will also perform at the Thursday evening Dancing Exhibition (12th July), and the final concert on Saturday evening (14th July), at the Community Centre,  where they will be accompanied by Michael Tubridy and the Mulcahy Family.


Kieran and Kevin engendered great public enthusiasm on their last appearance in Miltown and we look forward to some exciting performances at the Marquee.

Kieran Jordan is an Irish dance performer, teacher, and choreographer, and the founder of Kieran Jordan Dance — a non-competitive Irish dance company and studio in Boston. Born in Philadelphia in an Irish American family, she started Irish step dancing when she was just five years old. With a style described as “playfully theatrical” (The Boston Globe) and “wonderfully expressive” (The Living Tradition), she has been performing traditional step dancing, sean-nós, and her own choreography for more than 20 years. “One of America’s premier dancers and instructors” (Irish Echo), Kieran was the recipient of a Massachusetts Artist Fellowship in both 2018 and 2008. She is best known for her original stage productions and innovative recordings and teaching programmes that have reached students and audiences internationally. Kieran has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a B.A. from Boston College in English and Irish Studies. She also holds the TCRG certification for teaching Irish Dance.

With over five decades under his feet, Kevin Doyle is thrilled to be returning to the Willie Clancy School as a guest artist and teacher!

Doyle is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow ,the highest honour awarded to a traditional artist in the United States. Irish jigs and reels learned in childhood from his Roscommon born mother, along with American tap dance, form his magical repertoire of historic national styles. While competing in Irish feiseanna in the 1960s and earning US Irish Dance Champion honours, Kevin Doyle added American tap to his repertoire, studying with the legendary Theresa Landry. From Ireland to President Obama's White House, Doyle has danced as a spellbinding ambassador for the traditional arts. He is a dynamic performer, choreographer, teacher, and producer of the Roscommon Soles Performing Arts Series.

Kieran Jordan

Kevin Doyle

Left: Kieran and Kevin conducting their dance workshops at the 2015 Summer School and, above, pictured with Aidan Vaughan.

Photos: Tony Kearns

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