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International Travel
McConnell Dancers are a member of C.I.O.F.F International and have performed all over the world, promoting Irish Culture.
 2007 - Peru
 2009 - Costa Rica
 2011 - Bulgaria
 2012 - Walt Disney World Florida
 2013 - Ireland (Limerick & Dublin)
68 Years in Canada
 During their 68 year history in Canada,the McConnell Dancers have performed at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, across Canada and the United States.The group has performed with well known groups such as "The Irish Rovers", "Tommy Makem" and "The Irish Descendants" "McConnell School of Dance" is recognized world-wide for their performance-style Irish Dancing,
 as commonly seen in Riverdance
and Lord of the Dance.

2011 Promotional Video
McConnell School of Dance is recognized world-wide for their unique performance-style Irish Dancing.  Our philosophy is to provide dancers with an encouraging, positive learning environment where they can achieve their individual goals and learn the value of working as part of a team. 
Although our teaching methods are based on tradition, we also incorporate modern teaching techniques which accelerate the learning process.  Class sizes are limited to achieve individual focus on our students and classes do not exceed an 8 -1 student to teacher ratio.
McConnell School of Dance is well into its 3rd generation, under the direction of Shayleen McConnell Finucan.  With a dedicated and caring team of 6 instructors and assistants, the school continues to thrive, offering classes in Winnipeg, Brandon, and the Interlake, Manitoba
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2009 Performances
General Division
 This program is suitable for dancers from beginner to advanced.  General Division is ideal for students who wish to participate in recreational Irish dance, those new to Irish dance, or dancers who are involved in other activities. The General Division season extends from September - May (9 months) with optional summer classes for in June and July. General Division dancers learn both traditional and modern styles of Irish dance.  General dancers have the option to take one class per week or attend multiple lessons.  Dancers who take more than one class per week generally progress at a much faster rate. General Division Students perform at our St. Patrick's Fest, Year End Recital, and Folklorama.

2007 Peru Trip
Competitive Division

McConnell School of Dance is registered with Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN), founded in Dublin Ireland in 1982. McConnell competitive dancers compete CRN Feiles (local, regional, and national competitions) which take place in the U.S.A, Ireland, Australia, and Europe. McConnell dancers may also compete in any Open Platform Feisanna (Irish dance competitions) which take place all over North America and the world.

Performance Division
Performance Division is open to students from 7 years of age & up, including adults.  Dancers  attend multiple classes per week, attend monthly workshops, participate in group fundraising activities, and are required to have additional costumes for performances.  The Performance Division Season extends from Sept - July (11 months).  Performance Division applicants must have completed one full season with our school.  Performance Division dancers perform at over 60 local shows throughout the season, including St. Patrick's, Year End Recital, and Folklorama. Performance dancers may also be invited to participate in International festivals and competitons.


Celebrating 60 Years
45 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 www.uk-pavilion.com

McConnell School of Dance is proud to have taught many thousands of students
 in both Ireland and Canada, spanning several generations.