McConnell Irish Dance  


McConnell School of Dance is the longest established and largest Irish Dance school in Manitoba, Canada.  Our instructors are fully certified with Cumann Rince Náisiúnta(CRN), based in Dublin, Ireland.

  • Shayleen McConnell Finucan ODCRN
  • Wendy Havens TMCRN


The McConnell family founded the first Irish dance school in Ballymena, Northern Ireland over 100 years ago. 

McConnell School of Irish Dance is now in its third generation, run by Sam & Sarah's granddaughter Shayleen McConnell Finucan. Shayleen followed in the family tradition learning Irish dance as a young child and it wasn't long before she was accompanying her mother Pearl to help teach Irish dance classes.   Shayleen McConnell Finucan is a fully certified Irish dance teacher having earned her ODCRN diploma from CRN and is proud to carry on the family tradition.



McConnell Irish Dancers have travelled the world to represent Canada and Ireland in CIOFF International Festivals, Peru (2007), Costa Rica (2009), Bulgaria (2011)), North Carolina (2017).   In 2012, McConnell Irish Dancers performed at Walt Disney World, Florida at the American Celtic Irish Dance Festival and in 2013 they were honored to be the only Canadian Irish dance troupe to be invite to perform in Ireland as part of the Gathering 2013.
International Travel
McConnell Dancers are a member of C.I.O.F.F International and have performed all over the world, promoting Celtic Culture.
2007 - Peru
2009 - Costa Rica
2011 - Bulgaria
2012 - Walt Disney World Florida
2013 - Ireland (Limerick & Dublin)
2016 - Peru
2017 - North Carolina, USA

The McConnell Irish Dancers have performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1998, 2009, and 2016.  The dancers perform with the very talented Traditional Irish musicians from the Barefoot Ceili Band and Enaid.
Over 50 Years with Folklorama
Sam McConnell was one of the founding members of the Folk Art Council of Winnipeg. The McConnell Dancers have performed at the Ireland-Irish Pavilion, the Emerald Isle pavilion and the school ran the "Isle of the Shamrock" pavilion from 1996 - 2003, and currently sponsor the United Kingdom Pavilion
United Kingdom Pavilion
McConnell Irish Dancers are joining their friends from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to sponsor the United Kingdom Pavilion for Folklorama.  For more information on our pavilion, visit or