Irish Dancing and Tuition
in Liverpool and Merseyside

Here is such information as I have, about Irish dancing and tuition in this area. Please email me if you can add some information, or offer some corrections. Thanks, Gerry Jones.
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Here are some general Irish Dancing links;
Irish Dancing / Irish-Dancer, a national web-site.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Dublin.
Rince Gaelacha, the Irish Dance Commission.
Irish Dancing Directory.

ST. MICHAEL'S
Irish Centre,
West Derby Road.

GEORGE FERGUSON
Irish Dancing schools

McIVER-RYAN
Irish Dance Classes.

Nicola KING Academy
of Irish Dancing.
St Helens

GALLAGHER school, Litherland/Bootle

BOLGER-CUNNINGHAM school of Irish Dancing

MacNAMARA School
Rainhill and St Helens.

St. Anne's Rock Ferry, Birkenhead
Bernadette Williams.

Alexander Strange Academy,
West Lancs.

Liverpool School of Irish Dancing ,
Crosby, Kirkby.

Further afield,
outside Merseyside.

Comhaltas in Northern England.

Irish Dance Costume suppliers.

photo gallery

other styles of folk-dance

ST MICHAEL'S IRISH CENTRE
0151 263 1808.
Email their Secretary. www.stmichaelsirishcentre.org.
Visit their site : www.stmichaelsirishcentre.org
Boundary Lane EVERTON. West Derby Rd, by the Grafton and the Tobacco factory,
Chairman Tommy Walsh. This is now carrying out many of the functions which used to be provided by the Liverpool Irish Centre in Mount Pleasant.
Regular Events
(as mentioned in Liverpool Echo, Easter 2003.

Traditional Irish Dancing, every Saturday 10.30a.m. to 12,30 p.m.
Tea Dance. First Thursday of each month.
Irish Language Classes ; every Thursday at 7.30.p.m.
Irish Dancing Classes ; every Thursday at 7.30.p.m.
taken by Kathleen Cunningham. Adult Ceili Classes; Wednesdays 8.30 - 10.30p.m.
Music Classes; Sundays 12.30 - 2.30 p.m.
One off events include family fun days, Irish Sports on the Big Screen,

Email contact for their web-page is Joanne Gaul .

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The BOLGER CUNNINGHAM School of Irish Dance, Liverpool - Merseyside.
Phone Mrs Kathleen Cunningham
on 0151 263 1808 or 07884 48 66 80
email contact via :
garysinead@aol.com. or via mmorrison@stmichaelsirishcentre.org
Tuition is at St Michael's Irish Centre.
Childrens Classes every Saturday morning,
Adult Ceili Wednesday evening



McIVER RYAN School of Irish Dance.
Visit their site (and map) : www.irish-dance.org.uk

have an IRISH DANCE CLASS in Fazakerley, Liverpool 10.
SUNDAYS from 12.00 noon, and TUESDAYS from 5.00 p.m.
CONTACT US.
email Helen Ryan or phone 07713 166480
email Clare Parkinson or phone 07841 508 546
email Lucie Parkinson or phone 0151 525 2224

Classes are held in FOFA Centre of Holy Name Church, (large green & white building), Moss Pits Lane,(off Longmoor Lane) Fazakerley, L10 9LG



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SCHOOLS AND CLASSES;

GEORGE FERGUSON School of Irish Dancing.
(see panel below,left). 0151 722 0648

MacNAMARA School of Irish Dancing,
operating in Rainhill and in St Helens, Merseyside
Caitlin MacNamara 01744 811786
Siobhan MacNamara 01744 637923

KING ACADEMY of Irish Dance Merseyside,
operates in a number of areas of St Helens.
The King Academy is taught by two qualified Teachers and has won 5 solo World Championship titles, and a host of National and Regional Titles.

Classes are held in and around St. Helens.
Mondays and Tuesday - Beginners.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday - Advanced up to World Championship standard.

Contact Details:
Nicola King A.D.C.R.G - 01744 813767/08999 937845
or Margaret Maloney-Bond T.C.R.G. - 01744 811586
or E-mail Nicola King

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GALLAGHER School of Irish Dance
serving Bootle, Litherland, and north Liverpool.
Classes are held in St Andrew's Church Hall, St. Andrew's Rd, Bootle.
This is off Linacre Rd / Stanley Rd, opposite Johnsons. not far north of the Bootle Strand area and North Park.
Classes on Tuesday & Friday evenings, 5.30 to 8.30, and on Saturday mornings.
The school has three qualified teachers all registered with Rince Gaelacha, the Irish Dance Commission. Angela Gallagher 0151 283 2279 ,
Moira Gallagher, 0151 931 1271,
Andrea Hannaway 01704 23384.
Email contact is Moira Roberts

BIRKENHEAD, ROCK FERRY, ST.ANNE'S
Bernadette Williams has started classes in Irish Step Dancing.
Phone her on 0151 334 3798
TUESDAYS there is a class 4.00 - 5.00p.m. for children aged 5 to 7 years.
and 5.00 - 6.00 for children aged over Seven.
THURSDAYS there is a CEILI CLASS just for ADULTS 6.30 - 7.30.
This is not for step dancing, but to learn the Irish social dances which are done at ceilis.

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ALEXANDER STRANGE
ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE

TELEPHONE: 07875300524
Alexander Strange, T.C.R.G
website:
www.asacademy.co.uk. EMAIL has changed; it is now alex@asacademy.co.uk (formerly : Alexanderstrange@hotmail.co.uk)

Here are the dates:
Classes start on Tuesday the 9th of september 2008.
Classes are in Southport, Formby and Ormskirk.

Tuesdays: Advanced Class: 6-7pm AT Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Grantham Rd, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside
Keep Fit Ceili Class 7-8pm

Wednesdays: Tiny Tots: 6-6:30pm AT Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Grantham Rd, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside
Beginners/Intermediate: 6:30-7:30pm
Advanced: 7:30-8:30pm

Thursday: Beginners/Intermediate: 6-7pm AT St. Cuthberts Parochial Hall, Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport, Mersyeside
Adult 7-8pm

Friday: Beginners/Intermediate: 6:30-7:30pm AT St. Michaels C of E primary school, Delph park avenue, Aughton, Ormskirk

Saturday: Beginners/Intermediate: 10:15-11:15pm AT GILD HALL, Church Rd, Formby, Liverpool, Merseyside

Advanced: 11:15-12:15pm


The Liverpool School of Irish Dancing
was established in 2007 and is registered with An Commisiuin Le Rinci Gaelacha.
Classes are held in Crosby and Waterloo Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
and from Easter there will also be classes in Kirkby on Saturdays.
Classes are both competition and recreational for children(4yrs +) and adults.

Contact details:
Lynda Duffy-Merriman T.C.R.G.
mobile no: 07796568059
Website details will be soon available

Tuesday :
Crosby United Reform Church, Eshe Road, Crosby
(opposite Carnegie Library, by the roundabout)
Novice Class :4:30pm 5:15pm
Novice Class :5:15pm 6pm
Primary Competition Class: 6pm 7:15pm
Intermediate/ Open Competition Class : 7:15pm 8:45pm
Adult Keep Fit Ceili Class : 8:45pm 9:30pm

Wednesday:
Crosby United Reform Church, Eshe Road, Crosby
Novice Class:5pm 5:45pm

Thursday:
Christ Church Parish Centre, Alexandra Road, Waterloo, L22 1RJ (opposite Crosby Police Station)
Under 6s Novice Class : 4:30pm 5:10pm
Novice Class : 5:10pm 6pm
Primary Competition Class : 6pm 7:15pm
Imtermediate/ Open Competition Class :7:15pm 8:45pm

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The GEORGE FERGUSON
School of Irish Dancing.
Phone number (in 2006) 0151 722 0648,
or 07771 884 724 if urgent.

George has no less than four classes;
MONDAYS Christ the King Parish Hall, Childwall.
6.30-7.30 Beginners,
7.30-8.30 Intermediates/Advanced.

TUESDAYS, St Paschal Baylon, Childwall
7.00-8.00 Advanced, 8.00-9.00 Adults class.

WEDNESDAYS, St Edmund of Canterbury in Waterloo/Crosby.
6.30-7.30 Beginners/Intermediates,
7.30-8.30 Advanced

THURSDAYS, at Bishop Eton church hall, Woolton Rd.
6.30-7.30 Beginners/Intermediates, 7.30-8.30 Advanced

George writes; "We have taken our own show to Eitorf, Germany, and produced it again in The Neptune, Liverpool. Our class has taken part in many shows at the Empire and has made several appearances on T.V., from the BBC's "Question Of Sport" with John Aldridge, to Network American T.V. with Fred Talbot ( the weatherman) We do "Riverdance" style displays for various charities and for private functions."

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FURTHER AFIELD....

St Anthony's Club, Cadley Causeway Fulwood Preston,
Tuesdays 7.30pm
Enquiries:
Peter Savage TEL: 01254 830331

MORECAMBE; St Patrick's School of Irish Dancing is run by Gerrie Hellier

PRESTON
Mary Whelan School Of Irish Dancing

St Joseph's Parish Centre Annexe, Cemetery Road, Preston
Tuesday & Thursday 6.00 -9.00pm, Children only.
New Starters 6.00-7.00. enquiries Tel 01253-821821 or 07780-684400

BLACKPOOL
Mary Whelan School Of Irish Dancing

Victoria Congregational Hall, Newton Drive, Blackpool
Wednesday 6.00 - 7.00pm
enquiries Tel 01253-821821 or 07780-684400

Other snippets I hope to develop.

There is/was a lady, or mother and daughter, who had a class in St Faith's Church hall, Waterloo/Crosby.


A VERY USEFUL website is www.irish-dancer.co.uk.
and perhaps even more so this sub-page
http://www.irish-dancer.co.uk/ukteach3.html

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IRISH DANCE COSTUME? I have no aim to develop this topic in my page, but I will give some space and a mention. I have contacts for these three suppliers.
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"ADVANCEDREEL.COM" Having problems finding (or affording?) costumes for Irish dancers? Stephanie Cox, t/a "ADVANCEDREEL.COM" would be pleased to help.
She writes; "I found it hard to get quality second hand dresses for my kids - at one time I had five dancing at once! So I have set up a business to support Irish dancers in Merseyside and Cheshire, to sell quality used dresses for all standards and styles and pockets. I also do accessories and dance wear, and tracksuits, and I can get embroidered badges on them for schools.
"ADVANCEDREEL.COM" occasionally hold Sale events for quality used Irish dancing dresses, accessories and sportswear.
typically 6.30pm until 9.00pm at St Helens Bowling Club, Regents Road, St Helens, WA10 3HU [near Taylor Park gates]

Email info@advancedreel.com or telephone 07980820964

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" FOOTLIGHTS DANCE & STAGE WEAR" stock a full range of Irish dance shoes, socks, tiaras and a full range of leotards, tights and other dancewear. Theyalready serve & have close links with some of the schools on this site.
They can provide an event stand at school events & feishes, and have a home delivery service Footlights-2-U (Wirral area) - and run a dress agency for used costumes.
Their web site is www.dancewear-footlights.co.uk and your classes can be advertised on this site free of charge
Phone 0151 733 4250 and 0151 638 6868
Email footlights99@yahoo.com and
Ask for Wendy.
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"WIZARDS DEN " in Longmoor Lane Aintree,
supply dance wear for all types of dance,(tap ballet,jazz,ballroom) and also sell Feishair Quality wigs for Irish dancing and Antonio Pacelli dance shoes. They give a 10% discount on their dancewear, but not on the wigs because they are the cheapest on the web.
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ComhaltasCeoltoiri Eireann.
The Irish Traditional Music organisation, with its HQ in Monkstown, Dublin, should be another good source. It operates through a network of branches world-wide, including Liverpool and Preston. Click here to visit the site of Preston Comhaltas. http://www.prestoncomhaltas.org.uk/

At these branches there is usually tuition in the social or ceilidh dancing for all, rather than the display costume dancing offered on the rest of this page.
Click here to email the Preston branch of Comhaltas.

Another handy link to Irish culture and activities on Merseyside is Merseyside Irish Organisations.

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OTHER STYLES OF FOLK DANCE.

ENGLISH; Mersey And Deeside folk dance clubs
My ENGLISH Country Dancing Clubs
SCOTTISH ; Liverpool branch of the RSCDS
email Gerry Jones for general information.
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Swing your partner, in a ceilidh dance.

Irish dancing is not only display-dancing in fine costumes.

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This page is hosted by me, Gerry Jones, as one of my interests. Here are some more of my pages representing my other interests:
ENGLISH; Mersey And Deeside folk dance clubs
My ENGLISH Country Dancing Clubs
SCOTTISH ; Liverpool branch of the RSCDS
FOLK SONG; Lyrics of some Liverpool Songs.
Liverpool Country Dance Band
THIRD LYVER BIRD project.
Gerry Jones, the handy musician
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email Gerry Jones for general information.
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Some other web-sites relating to Irish material;
The "Wild Irish 1916" Band
a link to Irish life in Boston USA
email Patricia Cahill for more information
The"Celtic Dance" Irish Shoe-makers, from Ardee, Co Louth

Some other web-sites which may be of general interest;3
The English Folk Dance & Song Society.
The WIRRAL SOUND. the marching band of Moreton (Wirral) Boys & Girls Brigades
"Lancashire Folk": details of folk activities in Lancashire.

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