Dance Schools

The Motor City Irish Fest is proud to feature some of the finest Irish dancers from across Michigan and Canada. From beginner dancers to world qualifiers, you will enjoy the very best in Irish Step Dancing, Ceili Dancing and Set Dancing from several Irish dance schools and performance groups.

2024 Irish Dance Schools


 Ardán Academy of Irish Dance was established in 1994 with the mission of spreading Irish culture through dance. Classes are open to dancers from ages 4 to 99 all over the tri-county area, as well as Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Toledo, OH and Windsor, Canada. We train dancers for recreation, fitness, competition and performances. If you have a want to dance – we have the will to teach you. For more information on registration, class, cost and more – visit our website at or contact the office via email at 


 McCartney Irish Dance offers both recreational and competitive Irish dance programs for ages 3 through adult. We are located in the greater Lansing area, and serve the Mid-Michigan community through our classes and performances.

 Michigan Irish Dance Academy was created by certified Irish dance instructor Amanda Atkinson in 2012. Since then Amanda has opened locations for her school in White Lake, Commerce and Brighton, MI. Amanda teaches traditional Irish dance, Ceili and Gaelic for all dancers ages 5 and up. The Michigan Irish Dance Academy is a performance based school that performs all year long. From the Motor City Irish Festival, to the brand new Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival & Highland Games to the only Irish dance school to ever perform at the Detroit Highland games. Amanda is also a drummer in the Detroit Highlanders pipe Band. From festivals to parades weddings and private events, the Michigan Irish Dance Academy puts on a fantastic show! Be sure to check them out!
Michigan Irish Dance Academy 


 Motor City Irish Dance Company is very proud to return to the 2022 Motor City Irish Fest for its 8th consecutive year. Motor City Irish Dance Company is the Irish dance entertainment arm of Motor City Irish Dance Academy. It consists of a wide variety of Irish dancers of all ages and technical ability. The dancers train intensively to prepare both solo and group choreography for eye-catching on-stage performances. Many of these performances include specially choreographed show pieces in addition to traditional Irish dance forms. Motor City Irish Dance Academy  is the only non-competitive Irish dance school in Southeast Michigan. They are 100% performance-focused and emphasize the enjoyment of Irish dance for all their students. This enjoyment connects their students to the rich Irish culture behind Irish dance and is in turn reflected back to the community in their energetic, entertaining and diverse performances. For more information visit


 O’Hare School of Irish Dance Traditional Irish dance classes since 1979 for youth ages 4 & up; Founder Tim O’Hare, TCRG, ADCRG and instructor Megan Paulowicz, TCRG, ADCRG 

The O’Kennedy Holland Irish Dance Academy was established in 2016 and is located in the Ann Arbor area. The school was founded by Kayla Doyle. Kayla is joined by her mother Eileen O’Kennedy and Michael Holland to form the world class teaching staff at the OKH Academy. The school is dedicated to the late Daniel and Gertrude O’Kennedy, who were integral to fostering Irish culture into the Detroit area by bringing in Dance teachers and Irish music
Kayla is a former champion dancer with several regional and national titles, as well as multiple finishes as a finalist at the World and All Ireland Championships. The students at OKH are given state of the art training to reach their personal goals while fostering the core values of the
school – the art and culture of Irish Dancing.


 Shannon Irish Dance Academy is proud to perpetuate the traditions and culture of Ireland in Rochester Hills & Davison, Michigan. We offer a complete curriculum taught by certified Irish dance instructors. Preschool / Competition / Performance / Theatrical Production / Youth & Adult Programs. The Official Irish Dance Company for the Michigan Renaissance Festival.