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Virtual Irish dance workshop brings dancers together Jan. 16

Virtual Irish dance workshop brings dancers together Jan. 16

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Join us via Zoom For the last three years, we’ve been honored to host a percussive Irish dance workshop in Lexington over MLK weekend. Because of COVID-19 and travel restrictions in Ireland and around the nation, we won’t be able to meet in person this year, but want to get together with friends near and far. On Saturday, Jan. 16, join with dancers worldwide for a FREE mini-workshop featuring a specially created Zoom percussive dance that we’re turning into a virtual challenge. Then our workshop alumni are invited to stay online for a chance to chat and catch up with dance friends. Zoom login details will be sent to all registered participants via the email you provide. Click here to register online. Here’s what’s on tap for our percussive Irish dance workshop Schedule…
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Connecting globally to serve our Lexington Irish dance school community

Connecting globally to serve our Lexington Irish dance school community

Bluegrass Ceili Academy, Irish Dance Classes in Lexington
Photo from January 2020's Percussive Irish Dance Workshop What classes look like at our Lexington Irish dance school over the last few months are certainly different than the last time we were in our Artworks studio. Video lessons and review, Zoom classes and outdoor instruction are all ways we’ve kept our dancers moving over the summer.  As we head back into classes this September, there are more changes coming for Bluegrass Ceili Academy and we’re excited to share them with you.  Focusing on fundamentals This fall, the classes for both our youth and adult dancers at our Lexington Irish dance school will focus on the fundamentals of Irish step dancing. Different from the ceili dancing we usually teach, this year’s instruction will include learning what we call “solo” dances --…
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Irish dancing in Lexington amidst a pandemic: Staying healthy at dance

Irish dancing in Lexington amidst a pandemic: Staying healthy at dance

Bluegrass Ceili Academy, Irish Dance Classes in Lexington
Irish dancing in Lexington, and around the world, has changed in the post-COVID 19 world and Bluegrass Ceili Academy is adapting to change with it. We'd like to share with you some of the steps we're taking. While hand sanitizer was a staple in our classrooms before March -- with all the hand-holding our choreography requires, it kept the flu and other bugs away -- it's now just one of multiple health precautions we have to take. Masks, social distancing, sanitizer and hand-washing are all things we're asking our dancers to do. What Irish dancing in Lexington looks like now For our community-based Irish dance school, dancing together now means a number of different things. Since March, we've taken our dancing to the computer screen with recorded classes on Google…
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Why join our Lexington Irish dance community?

Why join our Lexington Irish dance community?

Instruction
Perspective. Experience. Community. Mission. It’s what matters. It’s also why you should join our Bluegrass Ceili Academy Irish dance community. While Bluegrass Ceili is Lexington’s newest Irish dance school, our program brings more than two decades of expertise to Central Kentucky. We’re invested in a community-based approach for our students. But why does that matter? Perspective matters The love of dance and music knows no age limit. That’s why we offer Irish dance classes for children and adults in partnership with Lexington Parks and Recreation and with the support of LexArts. We know extracurricular activities can be expensive and so we've created a program that focuses on art and tradition, and not the pageantry of the dance world. With the help of our partners, we strive to keep our classes and…
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Bluegrass Ceili Academy’s award-winning kilt design heading to production

Bluegrass Ceili Academy’s award-winning kilt design heading to production

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The email header read: "We have a tartan contest winner." The headline: "Sing it out loud." But what was inside the email was the news dancers at Lexington's Bluegrass Ceili Academy had been waiting for. The school's "Heart Sings" tartan design was selected the winner from 360 designs in Sport Kilt's October contest. The design was among the top five most popular entries receiving votes from the public during the month-long contest. "We're thrilled to learn that our design, which represents the spirit and history of our community-based dance program, was selected for production by Sport Kilt," said Megan Moloney, director of Bluegrass Ceili Academy. "Knowing we'll be able to wear a custom-created, American-made dance costume that represents who we are, what we stand for and the community we call…
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Percussive Irish dance workshop in Lexington returns with new classes

Percussive Irish dance workshop in Lexington returns with new classes

Instruction, Irish Dance Classes in Lexington, Uncategorized
A two-day Irish dance workshop in Lexington Jan. 18-19, 2020, will explore the roots of Irish and percussive dance styles. The event returns for the third year to Artworks at the Carver School and for the first time features classes on percussive improvisation and Appalachian flatfooting. Whether you tap, clog, Irish dance or just enjoy a good toe-tapping tune, we invite you to spend your weekend making music with your feet.  Join us as we bring acclaimed dancer and instructor Mary Beth Taylor to Lexington from Dublin, Ireland, for two days of traditional old style Irish séan nos and set dancing classes. Taylor will be joined this year by Julie Shepherd-Powell, an award-winning Appalachian flatfoot dancer, and Carla Gover, a Kentucky Folklife Program master artist in traditional dance, who will teach…
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Our “Heart Sings” in Bluegrass Ceili tartan designed for SportKilt contest

Our “Heart Sings” in Bluegrass Ceili tartan designed for SportKilt contest

Bluegrass Ceili Academy, Community, Uncategorized
The "Heart Sings" tartan represents the past, present and future of Lexington's community-based Irish dance program. Click and vote for it here until the first week of November. Dancers at Lexington's Bluegrass Ceili Academy regularly rock the Big Blue, a tartan from U.S.-made SportKilt. Now we're taking a chance on getting our very own tartan made and we need your help to do it. SportKilt recently announced its "Put the Art in Tartan" contest, allowing individuals to design their own colorful patterns. "[T]artans have been worn to express family, region or individual pride for nearly 2,000 years," according to the contest website. Taking on the tartan challenge As a proud part of SportKilt's #ClanBrave, Lexington's community-based Irish dance school submitted design for the company's tartan contest. And while the design…
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The Irish Dance Podcast interviews Bluegrass Ceili Academy founder

The Irish Dance Podcast interviews Bluegrass Ceili Academy founder

Bluegrass Ceili Academy
Pull out your phones or computer -- it's time to listen to Bluegrass Ceili Academy founder and director Megan Moloney on the newest episode of The Irish Dance Podcast. According to host Martin Percival, the goal of The Irish Dance Podcast is to highlight members of Irish dance world, "one guest at a time, as a way for our community to celebrate its history, culture, richness and global reach." Percival is a former dancer with Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, and principal dancer with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. He also co-founded Irish Dance Theatre, a Colorado-based 501c3 nonprofit that seeks to preserve and embolden the art of Irish dance. In episode 57, released Sept. 17, Percival talks with Moloney about learning Irish dance as an adult dancer, competing as an adult, passing…
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Sign up for affordable Irish dance classes in Lexington

Sign up for affordable Irish dance classes in Lexington

Bluegrass Ceili Academy, Irish Dance Classes in Lexington
If you've been looking for Irish dance classes in Lexington, now is the time to sign up with Bluegrass Ceili Academy.  Our classes -- for both children and adults -- focus on learning and mastering the basics of Irish dancing -- we'll have three classes, plus an extra teams class to choose from this fall.  Beginning Irish Dance (Mondays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.) - This class is for students ages 6+ who have never taken an Irish dance class or those who aren't quite ready for our regular youth class. Dancers who previously were in our pre-school class may enroll in this class. New students younger than 6 may enroll with instructor permission after an evaluation. Youth Irish Dance (Mondays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.) - This class is for returning students or those placed in the class with…
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Registration for Bluegrass Ceili Academy Fall 2019 classes opens July 24

Registration for Bluegrass Ceili Academy Fall 2019 classes opens July 24

Bluegrass Ceili Academy, Instruction
Bluegrass Ceili Academy's Fall 2019 session at Artworks opens for registration this week -- so mark your calendars and remember to get signed up!  Our Irish dance classes for children and adults focus on learning and mastering the basics of Irish dancing -- we'll have three classes, plus an extra teams class to choose from this fall.  Beginning Irish Dance (Mondays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.) - This class is for students ages 6+ who have never taken an Irish dance class or those who aren't quite ready for our regular youth class. Dancers who previously were in our pre-school class may enroll in this class. New students younger than 6 may enroll with instructor permission after an evaluation. Youth Irish Dance (Mondays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.) - This class is for returning students or those placed in the class with…
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