McConnell Irish Dancers

Established in 1947        80 Years of Irish Dance        3 Generations OF IRISH DANCE TRADITION       MANITOBA'S LARGEST IRISH DANCE SCHOOL 


McConnell Irish Dancers

One of the oldest Irish dance groups in North America.

Originally founded in Ireland over 80 years ago, the school was established in Winnipeg, Canada in 1947 by the late Sam & Sarah McConnell.  McConnell Dancers are recognized for their unique, high calibre, performance-style dancing which encompasses both traditional and contemporary forms of Irish Dance. 

The school offers classes for recreational, competitive, and performance Irish dance for dancers of all ages and abilities, including adult classes.

McConnell School of Dance is a member of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN), based in Dublin, Ireland and their award winning dancers compete across North America and at the CRN World Open Irish Dance Championships in Ireland.  McConnell dancers host the Canada Feile, Manitoba's only Open Platform Irish Dance competition. 

Sam McConnell was a founding member of Folklorama and the group has performed at the Emerald Isle Pavilion, Ireland-Irish Pavilion, Isle of the Shamrock, and currently sponsor the United Kingdom Pavilion.




Recreational, Competitive, Performance for all ages & abilities.



Congratulations to our 28 Dancers who competed in the CRN North American Regionals in Cincinnati, Ohio in October!

CRN North American 2018 Regional Team Championships

  • U13 4 hand - 2nd place
  • U16 4 Hand - 1st place and 2nd place
  • U19 4 Hand - 1st place
  • U13 6 Hand Ceili Championship 3rd place
  • U13 8 Hand Ceili Championship 1st place
  • U16 8 Hand Ceili Championship 1st place

CRN North American 2018 Regional Award Winners

Congratulations to our Bunghrád and Ullmhuchán Award Winners!

  • Finn 2nd U10 Bunghrad award
  • Kenzie 3rd U11 Bunghrad award
  • Sydney 4th U11 Bunghrad award
  • Cailin 2nd U18 Bunghrad award
  • Gwen 4th  U9 Ullmhuchan award
  • Evan 2nd U11 Ullmhuchan award
  • Audrey 6th U11 Ullmhuchan award 
  • Isla 1st U13 Ullmhuchan award 
  • Kaitlyn 3rd U15 Ullmhuchan award
  • Claire 8th U15 Ullmhuchan award 
  • Kylie 2nd U18 Ullmhuchan award

Congratulations to our Meanghrád Award winners at the CRN North American Regionals!

  • Lydia 5th under 13
  • Katie 6th under 13
  • Danya 1st under 15
  • Bella 1st under 17
  • Laura 3rd under 17
  • Gillian 3rd over 19
  • Lauren 4th over 19
  • Crystal 6th over 19

Congratulations to our Ardghrád Award winners at the CRN North American Regionals!

  • Ripley 6th under 15
  • Kiera 7th under 15
  • Luc 2nd under 17
  • Lizann 5th under 17
  • Maclean 1st over 21

CRN North American Regionals          NEW CHAMPION!

Huge congratulations to our New Champion Maclean Boyd at the CRN North American Regionals in Cincinnati, Ohio!


Maclean is a 2nd Generation McConnell Irish Dancer who's been training with McConnell School of Dance since age 5.  We're very proud of his hard work, determination, and skill as an Irish dancer.