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Welcome to our 2015 - 2016 Season!
Please visit the member's area of our website often for school information & updates. 
All school updates are sent out via e-mail, if you are not receiving regular, please contact us immediately.
  • 2015 - 2016 Registration will be available soon!

McConnell School of Dance was founded in Ballymena, Northern Ireland over 80 years ago.  The School was established in Manitoba, Canada in 1947 by the late Sam & Sarah McConnell.  During their 69 year history in Canada, the McConnell Dancers have performed at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, and across Canada and the United States.  McConnell School of Dance is recognized world-wide for their unique performance-style Irish Dancing

  • Our dancers have participated in 4 C.I.O.F.F.  International Folk Dance Festivals (Peru 2007, Costa Rica, 2009, and Bulgaria, 2011, Peru 2016, North Carolina 2017).
  •  In July 2012 McConnell dancers performed at the American Celtic Irish Dance Festival in Walt Disney World, Florida. 
  • In August 2013 40 members of McConnell School of Dance performed Trasna na dTonnta at the Tailteann Nua Festival in Limerick, Ireland.
  •  McConnell dancers have performed with well-known groups such as "The Irish Rovers", "Tommy Makem" and "The Irish Descendants
  • Sponsors of the United Kingdom Pavilion 2014 to present
Our Philosophy
Our philosophy is to provide dancers with an encouraging, positive learning environment where students can achieve their individual goals and learn the value of working as part of a team in a family atmosphere. 
  • Our teaching methods are based on Irish tradition and also incorporate modern teaching techniques which accelerate the learning process. 
  • Class sizes are limited to achieve individual focus on our students and classes generally do not exceed an 8 -1 student to teacher ratio.
  • Dancers are receive one on one time with instructors and are assessed at their individual levels and needs.
McConnell School of Dance is well into its 3rd generation, under the direction of Shayleen McConnell Finucan.  The school offers classes in Winnipeg and Brandon, MB.


       2014 - 2015 FOLKLORAMA
       2014 - 2015 COMPETITIVE SUMMER
       2015 - 2016 GENERAL DIVISION 
       2015 - 2016 PERFORMANCE DIVISION
       2015 - 2016 COMPETITIVE DIVISION
       2015 - 2016 BRANDON DIVISION

Our Programs
Performance Division
For dancers who are dedicated to Irish dance, love to perform, and are motivated to progress to higher levels. Performance Division requires a big commitment from the dancer and their family. 
  •  Dancers are required to attend multiple classes per week, regular workshops, volunteer at events, and participate in group fundraising.
  • Additional Class, Solo, and Show Costumes are required.
  • Performance Division Dancers must be dedicated
McConnell Irish Dancers perform at over 60 shows per year locally, in addition to St. Patrick's, Recital, & Folklorama. 
  • Dancers must maintain an average of 80% show attendance.  St. Patrick's, Recital, and Folklorama performances are mandatory.
  • Performance Dancers may also be invited to participate in International festivals.
The Performance Division Season extends from Sept - July (11 months) and dancers must commit to performances for the full year. Performance Division applicants must have completed one full season with our school.

Competitive Division
McConnell School of Irish Dance is a registered member of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta(CRN), based in Dublin, Ireland.  Our students compete in CRN's Open Platform Feis (competitions), which take place at the Regional, National, and World Open levels.

  •  Dancers compete in 5 Solo Levels of CRN- Bunghrad,Ullmhuchan, Meanghrad, Ardghrad, Craobhghrad (Champion)
  • Competitions are offered for all ages and abilities, including adult students.
  • Team competitions include all traditional figure dances and modern choreographed routines.
  • CRN U.S.A Feis are held in Minneapolis MN, Dayton OH, Harrisburg PV, Philadelphia PV, Atlanta GA, Dublin CA, and many other cities across the U.S.A, Ireland, and Australia.
  • CRN Dancers also have the option to compete in any Open Platform Feis
  • McConnell School of Dance hosts a yearly feis (competition) , held in May each season and all dancers in the school are invited to compete.
The Competitive season extends Sept - May for dancers who wish to compete in our school competitions. For dancers who wish to compete at the Regional, National, or World competitions, the season will extend Sept - August.

Competition is not mandatory in competitive division. Our competitive program is also for dancers who wish to brush up on technique or who need  additional learning time.

All annoucements are sent out via e-mail.  If  you are not receiving school email updates, please contact us immediately.
Our Studios
Winnipeg Studio
Located in Autumnwood Plaza (32 Barberry Rd)
Our Winnipeg location features 3 dance studios, a waiting room for parents, separate girls and boys change rooms, a well- stocked Irish dance supply store, and ample free parking. Studios are constructed of sprung wooden floors covered with Rosco Adagio Flooring for non-slip surface.
McConnell School of Dance
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Brandon Studio
Located at the Park Community Centre
1428 Louise, Avenue
Brandon Manitoba
Our Brandon classes are held the Park Community Centre on Saturdays.  The hall features a quality hard wood floor and ample space for parents to stay and watch classes or drop dancerse off to get shopping down in downtown, Brandon
Autumnwood Plaza
32 Barberry Rd

1428 Louise Ave
Brandon, MB

Hours of Operation
  Mon   5:30 - 9:00 PM
  Tue    5:30-  9:30 PM
  Wed   5:30 - 9:30 PM
  Thu    5:30 - 9:00 PM
  Fri      Closed
  Sat     9:00 - 3:30PM
  Sun     Closed

Our studios are closed for all
 statutory holidays, winter break, spring beak,
and on days with major performances
 (St. Patrick's, Recital, Folklorama)
General Class Information
  • Studios are open 15 minutes prior to classes to allow dancers to get changed for class. Please try to arrive on time and don't miss the warm-up as it's important for technique & injury prevention
  • Instructors are not availalble to meet with dancers or parents during class hours.  Please do not disturb instructors during class time & be aware your instructor may have another class to teach after yours. For in depth issues please email or (204)793-8557
  • Please do not enter the studio once classes have began.  Dancers, please knock if you are late for class.  Parents, please do not enter the studio, at anytime unless invited.
  • Viewing windows are located in our Winnipeg Studios A & B.  Please limit time at the viewing window so you do not distract your dancer from learning. If your child is being distracted by your viewing instructors may ask you to avoid the window or the blind will be closed.
  • Classes 1.5 hrs. and longer will receive a 5 minute break during their lesson. Dancers are welcome to bring snacks from home. Please try to avoid snacks with peanuts.
  • Dancers are to remain in the rehearsal studio unless excused by the class instructor. Parents, friends, and family members are not allowed in the rehearsal studio.
  • Dancers are to be dressed in appropriate dance attire. Please see dress code in Policies & Fees section
  • Only dance shoes, dance bags, purses / wallets, and water bottles may be brought into the studio (no food or outerwear).  Please bring all necessary items in to class with you at the beginning of class.  Do not leave valuables in the change room.
  • No cellular phones, video games, laptops, cameras, video cameras, iPods, or books allowed in rehearsal studio. Please speak with your instructor if you would like to video tape steps
  • Our studio is located close to major shopping centers.  Parents may leave the studio once children have begun their lesson.  Parents who's children are unable to use the restroom themselves should remain at the studio.
  • Please to arrive on time for pick-up.  Additional charges may apply for dancers who delay instructors departure time.
  • Respectful, positive attitude towards instructors and fellow dancers must be demonstrated by dancers and their parents at all times.  Dancers or parents who exhibit negative behaviour towards instructors, other students, or parents will be asked to leave and may face expulsion.
  • Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Parents are asked to email  or call / text (204) 793-8557 to inform us of their child's absence from class
  • Please do your best not to miss class.   Dancers who are injured are expected to come to class to learn their steps and routines.  Dancers who fall behind may not do all dances with their level or will be asked to come for private lessons in order to catch up.