Clann Na Cara, Gaelic for "A Family of Friends" is an accredited Irish dancing school founded in 2006 by Mary Kate Conrad (Lachut), Katie Cunningham, Jennifer Mammoliti (DiPasquale) and Erin Mansour (Holzerland) all whom danced together for years and competed at the World level.
Under their instruction, the school soon earned a reputation for providing quality lessons in Irish dancing through local, national and international recognition. The school is home to regional champions and both national and world-level competitors.
At Clann Na Cara dancers can compete and perform, or simply attend weekly class for fun and exercise as the child's desire to excel steers them.
Our school's unique culture of instilling pride in achieving their personal best, along with self motivation and fun into each student's experience has resulted in a school full of well rounded and successful students, both in and out of the dance class walls.
WELCOMING... Students should make an effort to see that new students feel welcome. Older "veteran" students should consider themselves role models.
HARD WORKING... Whether preparing to dance for an audience, a judge, or "just for fun," our dancers are taught self-discipline and to take pride in the quality of their dancing.
RESPECTFUL... A respect for the instructor's expertise, combined with a respect for the Irish culture itself.
FUN... Irish dance can be a weekly hobby for some and a lifetime of dedication and world travelling for others. Regardless of where dancing takes you, it should always be fun and enjoyable!
Opportunities to Excel
While it is 100% up to each dancer and family, dancers at Clann Na Cara are encouraged to pursue competitive opportunities beyond attending weekly classes.
We believe dancing for enjoyment as well as sport allows dancers to showcase their talents and grow in ability and self-confidence.
For these students there is no shortage of opportunities here to excel! Besides all tuition including attendance at as many classes per week as you'd like (with the exception of the Beginner age 3 & 4 class), we also hold dance camps, practice feises with guest adjudicators, and once in a while guest teachers from some of the most successful schools in the world.
How much or how little each dancer participates is up to each student/family. We want dancing to be fun and enjoyable, whatever that may mean to you!