McConnell Irish Dance



We offer the highest quality Irish dance instruction for students 3 years old to Adult.
Programs to suit all needs including Recreational, Competitive, and Performance.
Small class size in a family oriented school.


Fill out a Registration Request form for more information on our classes and to drop in and try a FREE CLASS before registering.


DUE TO THE COVID-19 Pandemic, classes will be offered on-line for May & June 2020.  New and returning students are welcome to register.

For more information, please fill out the Registration Request Form and we will send you our REGISTRATION PACKAGE.


Over 100 years and 3 generations of Irish Dance Tradition!

Proudly registered member of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN) based in Dublin, Ireland

  • Classes for ages 3 & up
  • Beginner - Advanced
  • Adult Classes
  • Recreational Lessons
  • Competitive Program
  • Performance Teams
  • Small Class Size & Quality Instruction
  • Annual Recital & St. Patrick's Performances, Folklorama
  • International Travel 
  • Folklorama Sponsors of United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Family oriented atmosphere where dancers make life-long friendships


Which Division is right for you?

Recreational Division

Winnipeg & Brandon Locations

Sept - May (optional summer classes June & July)
Enjoy the benefits of Irish with opportunity to advance to higher levels at dancer's own pace.  Recreational Division is ideal for students new to Irish dance and for dancers who are involved in other activities. 

  • Dancers learn traditional technique, steps, and modern styles.
  • Suitable for levels from Beginner to Advanced. 
  • Warm Up & Technique included in the class.
  • Recreational Division Levels based on age.

Students register based on their age within our Recreational Division.  Dancers starting Irish at an older age may require solo lessons to give them the basics of Irish dance to fit into the class with their age group.

  • Preschool (ages 3 - 4 ) 
  • Beginner (ages 5 - 6 ) 
  • Novice (ages 7 - 8 )   
  • Preliminary (ages 9 - 12)  
  • Intermediate (ages 13 & Up) 
  • Advanced (by placement) 
  • Adult (ages 18 +)

St. Patrick’s Fest, Year End Recital, and Folklorama 

All Recreational Division dancers are invited to perform at our major events during the season.  Performance is always optional for all Recreational Division Dancers.

Competitive Division
Winnipeg & Brandon Locations

Sept - May for dancers who wish to compete in our Canada Féile. 

Sept - Aug for dancers who wish to compete at the Regional, National, Irish Open, and World Championships

McConnell School of Irish Dance is a registered member of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta(CRN), based in Dublin, Ireland.  Dancers compete in CRN's Open Platform Feis, which take place at the Regional, National, & World  levels. 
Dancers compete in 5 Solo Levels of CRN - Bunghrád, Ullmhúchán, Meanghrád, Ardghárd, Craobhghrád.

Dancers begin at Level 1 (Bunghrád) and progress through the Level 5 Championship (Craobhghrád). In most cases, achieving Championship level takes many years and a great deal of hard work.  

  • CRN North American competitions are held in cities across the U.S.A, Ireland, and Australia. 
  • McConnell Dancers also have the option to compete in any Open Platform Feis which are held across Canada and the U.S.A
  • Competition is not mandatory or expected in competitive classes.
  • Our competitive program is highly recommended for dancers who wish to brush up on technique or who wish additional learning time to speed up their progress in Irish dance.
  • Competitions are offered for all ages, including adult students.
  • Team competitions are offered for traditional figure dances and modern choreography.  Dancers must register for our Ceili / Teams Class in order to participate team competitions.


Competitive Division dancers do not perform at any of our events as their focus is strictly on competitive Irish dance. Students wishing to perform are encouraged to enrol in our Recreational or Performance Division.


Performance Division

Winnipeg Location

Sept - end of Aug (12 months) and dancers must commit to performances for the full season. 

For dancers who are dedicated to Irish dance, love to perform, and are motivated to progress to higher levels.

Performance Division requires a large commitment from the dancer and their family as our troupe performs at over 60 shows locally each season and travels internationally.

  • Performance Division Dancers must be dedicated and have the support of family members.
  • Performance Division applicants must have completed one full season with McConnell School of Dance prior to applying for our Performance Troupe.​
  • Dancers should be proficient in all four CRN Level 1 dances.
  • All Performance Dancers are required to attend competitive solo & ceili/team classes for their appropriate level / levels.


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