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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!
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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

RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 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", "The Irish Descendants, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Daniel O'Donnell
  • 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.

      REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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


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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 2 dance studios, a waiting room for parents, separate girls and boys change rooms, and 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 Brandon School of Dance
126- 10th Street
Brandon Manitoba
Our Brandon classes are held the Brandon School of Dance
www.brandonschoolofdance.ca

WINNIPEG
Autumnwood Plaza
32 Barberry Rd
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BRANDON
126- 10th St.
Brandon, MB
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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)