Want to ask a question? Click here

Are there any Irish dance schools in Wilmington?

Amanda Lisk

Yes. The Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing located at 1211 44th Street, behind the Two Wheeler Dealer and Double Happiness (www.walshkelleyschool.com).

The Walsh Kelley School has been in Wilmington for three years. It also has locations in Greensboro and Charlotte.

It was founded by Áine Walsh Kelley of Cork, Ireland. Kelley, of Charlotte, is one of only a few Irish dancers in the state certified to teach by the Irish Dancing Teacher’s Association of North America and An Coimisun le Rince Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland, the governing bodies of Irish dancing.

The Walsh Kelley School in Wilmington offers traditional hard shoe and soft shoe classes in five of the six official levels of Irish dancing (beginner, advanced beginner, novice, prizewinner and championship). A handful of Walsh Kelley dancers of the Wilmington studio take the classes for fun and for the culture, however the majority compete in national competitions called a feis (pronounced “fesh”, plural feiseanna), which means “festival” in Irish.

“They have them all around the U.S. and the world. You are judged by certified judges who have been certified in Ireland and you have to place so many times to move up to the next level,” said Rhonda Adams, head of Wilmington’s Walsh Kelley school.

Adams explains Irish dancing has four different types of music and each has different signature steps that go along with each set of music. It’s not ballet, it’s not clogging, she says, all Irish dancing movements are made from the waist down.

“It’s keeping your carriage center and arms down, its high cardio. It’s ranked in the top three for cardio for all sports,” said Adams.

Contact Rhonda Adams for Wilmington class information at 910-202-4752.

There is also an Irish Dance Club at UNCW. (http://appserv02.uncw.edu/studentorgs/organization.aspx?orgid=294)

And Inspirations Dance Centre at 7969 River Rd. in Southport (910-612-7441) offers Irish step dance classes.

Did we miss any Irish dance opportunities? Let us know in the Comments section below.


What is shag dancing?

Where are the dance clubs?


User-contributed question by:
Brian B

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!

Bookmark and Share

One Response to “ Are there any Irish dance schools in Wilmington?”

Ask a question

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.

Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Your question:

Post a comment

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.

Your comment: