Bluegrass Ceili Academy Performance & Competition Teams


Bluegrass Ceili Academy, in partnership with Artworks at the Carver School and Dance Attack Dance Company, sponsors dance competition/performance teams for youth and adults.  The teams will perform at local events and compete at local and regional Irish dance competitions.

What you need to know about Bluegrass Ceili Academy’s performance and competition teams


We will hold regular weekly team classes Wednesday nights  at Artworks. Youth teams practice from 6-7 p.m.  Adult teams practice from 7-8 p.m. 


The Mid-America Region Oireachtas (pronounced oh-ROCK-tuss) is our regional championship and will be held right after Thanksgiving, November 29-31.  Team competitions will be on Saturday, November 30.  The 2019 competition will be at the Louisville Convention Center.


With all the hard work our Bluegrass Ceili Academy team dancers will do, we’re planning to show off our competition material at the winter and spring recitals, the Lexington St. Patrick’s Festival and other local performance opportunities as they arise. We may have an extra practice before these events (after our Nov. 29 competition) to ensure we’re ready. These additional performances after the Winter Recital are not mandatory.


We will work with you to keep costumes affordable.  Dancers can expect to purchase a black mock turtleneck leotard, black dance tights and Irish dance shoes (approx. $40 new). Bluegrass Ceili Academy will provide a jumper or skirt and shawl to complete the costume.

Team Membership

Team selections are by invitation of the instructor. Eligible dancers have taken at least one semester of Irish dance or participate on a Dance Attack team. Our goal is to try to get all dancers who are interested in competing on a team. However, we may not be able to do so due to age grouping, ability to remember the choreography, etc.


If you have any questions about the Irish dance competition teams, please email Megan Moloney at