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McConnell Irish Dance

Celebrating 70 Years In Canada

Originally founded in Ireland over 100 years ago in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, McConnell School of Dance was established in Winnipeg, Canada in 1947 by the late Sam & Sarah McConnell. 

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 Irish dancers host both of Manitoba's only Irish Dance Competitions;

  • Canada Feile (May)
  • Canadian Open Championship (November)

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.

 

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NOW ENROLLING FOR OUR FALL / WINTER 2019 - 2020 SESSION!

Recreational, Competitive, Performance for all ages & abilities

ON-LINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

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CRN WORLD OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS - JUNE 2019

Congratulations to our students Maclean Boyd, Lauren Rousseau, Ripley Havens and Bailey Cumming who competed in the CRN WORLD IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS in Killarney, Ireland in June 2019.  We are extremely proud of of dancers hard work and determination in qualifying and competing at the CRN WORLDS!

  • BAILEY CUMMING PLACED 4TH IN UNDER 15 - 2019 CRN WORLD IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • MACLEAN BOYD PLACED 4RH OVER 23 - 2019 CRN WORLD IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

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CRN IRISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS - MAY 2019

Congratulations to Bailey Cumming who placed 2nd in the Under 15 Championship at the CRN Irish Open in Dublin Ireland, in May 2019!

Bailey is the 1st Canadian to compete in the Irish Open and we are absolutely thrilled with her 2nd place results in the All Ireland Championships.  Bailey and several other McConnell Irish Dancers will be competing in the World Irish Dance Championships in Dublin, Ireland in June 2019.  Stay tuned for results!