This site includes the postings from the Irish Aires email list. This includes a listing of Irish/Celtic events in the Houston area and other information that the Irish Aires radio program posts.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Irish Youth: Irish Dance

(Poster's Note: Below is the first installment of a new youth oriented segment on Irish Aires. Jenelle, a high school student, is a natural on the radio. Jay) ---- Hello! Ny name is Janelle Little. If the name sounds familiar that's because I'm Pete's niece and I'm here to give the low-down on events in our community geared toward the youths so it is my pleasure to do so. For my first radio experience I choose something I think is one of the more interesting aspects of our culture, and that is Irish Dance. I myself am currently enrolled at O'Maoileidigh (pronounced "Oh My Lady") school of Irish Dance, and I believe it is a beautiful expression of our culture, and a fun way to keep in touch with a bit of Old Ireland. For all those interested in becoming dance students, word on the sraid (that's gaielge for "street") is that new enrollment for O'Mao begins in June. For more information about this school you can log on and view their web page at or email . Two other popular dance schools in the area is the McTeggart School of Irish Dance that is located in The Woodlands). Their web page is or email if you are interested in enrollment. The other, Cass Academy of Irish Dance has 3 locations (Woodlands, Magnolia, and Katy) and for registration information the email address is You don't always have to be young (just young at heart) because there are classes for older dancers as well. Now for all you current Irish dancers (don't worry I haven't forgotten about you) there is a scholarship I thought would be of interest. It is the official IDTANA scholarship and dancers graduating high school or those currently attending a 4-year collage are eligible. There are quite a few other requirements such as extracurricular activities, volunteer work, etc. and your dance teacher must be registered with An Coimisiun le Rince. A brief essay expanding on the prompt "What Impact Has Irish Dance Had on Your Life" must also be included. You can download applications and receive more information at or if you subscribe to "Hornpipe" Magazine they have an article about it in their March/April 2005 issue. As some of you may already know Riverdance is coming to town! The spectacular show that gave Irish Dance momentum and recognition is coming to Austin June 14-19. You're going to want to hurry and snatch up some tickets because the seats always fill up fast. The performances are being held at Bass Hall on the UT campus. Tickets are from $16-63 and you can view a seat and pricing diagram at ( To order tickets contact the Bass Hall at 512-471-1444. If you need more information you can look at the official Riverdance website at Even if you've already seen a performance in the past, there is a whole new cast. It's the 10th anniversary show, and it should be really great so get out and support Ireland's most exciting export. Alright, well that about sums up all the information I have concerning Irish dance in and around Houston. I hope you enjoyed my segment and tune in next time when I'll be covering another subject of interest to get all the younger Irishmen and woman involved. SLAN! Janelle Little
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