Join us for a percussive Irish dance workshop in Lexington

Irish Percussive Dance Workshop




Our 2019 workshop will be Martin Luther King Day weekend, Jan 19-20, 2019. 

Irish Percussive Dance Workshop 2018

Thanks to all who attended our 2018 workshop. Join us Jan. 19-20 in Lexington for our 2019 event.

Calling all tappers, cloggers and step dancers! Spend your weekend with us making music with your feet. The Bluegrass Irish Society, Bluegrass Ceili Academy and McTeggart Irish Dancers are honored to bring Mary Beth Taylor to Lexington from Dublin, Ireland, for three days of traditional old style Irish séan nos and set dancing classes.


New This Year – Sean Nos Classes for Children

We’re kicking off the 2019 workshop on Friday with our first sean nos class for children, as well as an introduction to sean nos class for adults. The Friday adult class is a great way to get ready for the weekend workshop if you’ve never tried sean nos or percussive dance before.

2019 Class Schedule

Friday, January 18
5 - 6:15 p.m.Sean Nos for Children (ages 8-16)
6:30 - 8 p.m.Sean Nos Steps for Beginner Adults (ages 16+)
Saturday, January 19
9:30 - 10 a.m.Warm Up and Stretch
10 - 11:30 a.m.Sean Nos Steps for Adults - Part 1 (ages 16+)
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.Set Dancing - Part 1
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Working with Live Music - Part 1
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.Sean Nos Dancing with Props (Brush, Barrel, etc)
4 - 5 p.m.Day 1 Refresh & Review - Steps and Sets
Sunday, January 20
10:30 - 11 a.m.Warm Up and Stretch
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Sean Nos Steps for Adults - Part 2
12:45 - 2 p.m.Set Dancing - Part 2
2 - 3 p.m.Working with Live Music - Part 2
3 - 4 p.m.Break
4 - 6 p.m.Dance about at McCarthy's

2019 Pricing

Sign up for one class or sign up for them all! Class prices are listed below by individual class or as a bundle.  Friday classes are per class. Registering for the bundle (Saturday only or Saturday/Sunday) saves you money — the warm up and refresh & review classes are included in the bundles at no additional cost.

Class NamePer class, Parts 1 or 2Both Parts 1 & 2
Sean Nos Steps for Children (ages 8-16)$15 (Friday only)
Sean Nos Steps for Beginner Adults (Ages 16+)$15 (Friday only)
Warmup and Stretch$10$20
Séan Nos Steps for Adults$20$35
Set Dancing$15$25
Working with Live Music$15$25
Sean Nos Dancing with Props$15 (Saturday only)
Refresh & Review$10 (Saturday only)
Workshop Bundles$70 (Saturday only - includes Warm Up and Refresh & Review)$100 (Saturday & Sunday includes Warm Up and Refresh & Review)
Class Observer$15 for one day$25 for two days



About the Instructor

Irish dance percussive workshop in Lexington

Mary Beth Taylor brings more than 20 years of experience teaching traditional Irish percussive dance to Central Kentucky for a weekend workshop January 19-20, 2019. Photos courtesy of by Silvia Vitali.

Mary Beth Taylor is a sean-nós dancing teacher and a registered Irish dancing teacher, or TCRG, with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. A dancer, educator and director of Irish & Sean-Nós Dance Dublin with more than 20 years of experience, Mary Beth has taught and performed all over the world, including workshops and shows in Ireland, the USA, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Oman.

The child of an Irish mother and an American father, Mary Beth grew up in Marietta, Georgia.  A dance enthusiast from a young age, Mary Beth did ballet and tap for many years before discovering Irish dancing. Starting at the age of 15 with the Mulligan School of Irish Dance in Marietta, Mary Beth soon progressed to Championship level and competed at feiseanna and Oireachtasi throughout the United States. Upon moving to Athens, Georgia, to pursue her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, Mary Beth started her first Irish dancing class at age 19, and taught there until graduation.

After moving to Washington, D.C. for work, Mary Beth began dancing with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, and continued to compete and perform. Mary Beth moved to Ireland two years later to pursue a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin. Under the guidance of Mollie Farrelly, ADCRG and Claire Keane Aherne, ADCRG, she studied for her exams to become formally qualified in teaching Irish dancing.  In Belfast, in 2005, Mary Beth successfully passed her TCRG exams on her first attempt.

Mary Beth started learning sean-nós dancing in Dublin in 2003. She was very luck to learn from a variety of talented teachers from all over Ireland, including Máire Áine Ní Iarnáin, Sibéal Davitt, Mairéad Casey, Rónán Reagan, Paul Moran, Emma O’Sullivan, Róisín Ní Mhainín, Bronach O’Neill, and Gerard Butler. After traveling to different festivals and workshops throughout Ireland, Mary Beth began to develop her own steps and style. Drawing from her background in Irish dance instruction, she began teaching sean-nós dancing in Dublin in 2005.

Mary Beth is a two-time recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Deis recording award, and is the creator of two popular instructional DVDs, Sean-Nos Dance for Everyone (2011) and Sean-Nos Jigs for Everyone (2012). In 2012, she was honored to be featured in the Aer Lingus Cara magazine as one of the ‘Top Six’ featured performers in the world of modern Irish dance (Dec 2012). As the director of Irish & Sean-Nos Dance Dublin, she teaches weekly classes in both Irish dancing and sean-nos dancing in Dublin city, and frequently travels to deliver sean-nos workshops to lovers of Irish culture and dance around the world.

About our workshop sponsors

The Bluegrass Irish Society provides a focal point for those interested in Ireland and her traditions. Incorporated as a public, charitable and educational organization and a section 501(C) (3) corporation in September 1980, the society is best known for sponsoring the yearly Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival has promoted Irish culture in Central Kentucky.

Founded in Lexington in 2015, the Bluegrass Ceili Academy brings more than a decade of Irish dance teaching experience and ceili expertise to Central Kentucky. With classes for adults and children, Bluegrass Ceili Academy is giving back to our community, and living our mission by providing a supportive learning environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels.

For more than 20 years, the McTeggart Irish Dancers have been teaching in Central Kentucky.  The school’s mission is to build healthy bodies through traditional Irish dance, cultivate confident spirits through accomplishment, and foster a sense of heritage through cultural enrichment and community service.