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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.

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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!

 

CRN NORTH AMERICAN NATIONALS - FEB 2019

Congratulations to our 24 Dancers who competed in the CRN North American National Championships in Nashville, TN.

CRN North American National

Team Results

4 Hand 

  • U13 - 2nd Place - Katie, Isla, Audrey, Laura 
  • U13 - 4th Place - Finn, Evan, Gwen, Sydney 
  • U16 - 1st Place - Maclean, Luc, Ripley, Bailey
  • U16 - 2nd Place - Lauren, Annika, Kylie, Bella

6 Hand 

  • U13 - 3rd Place - Isla, Lydia, Katie, Gwen, Sydney, Audrey

8 Hand 

U13 - 2nd Place - Isla, Lydia, Audrey, Katie, Evan, Sydney, Gwen, Finn

U16 - 2nd Place - Maclean, Ripley, Annika, Luc, Danya, Laura, Kiera, Bailey

 

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
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