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School

The McGinley School of Irish Dance began in 1999 when Lena McGinley, ADCRN, started teaching six students. What originally began as a small performance troupe has grown to be a successful Irish Dance School in Central Pennsylvania. Over the last twenty years, Lena along with her sister, Annie McGinley, ODCRN, have taught hundreds of dancers ranging in age from 3 through adulthood.

The goal of the school is to promote Irish heritage and dancing while striving for excellence in our innovative performances and perfection in dance and technique for competitions. The school promotes an environment in which children are encouraged, motivated and challenged to excel in Irish Dancing and in life. We hope that our students will form an appreciation of Irish dancing, culture and heritage that they can in turn share with others in the community.

Our Roots

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The McGinley School of Irish Dance began as a performance Irish dance troupe in January, 2000. The group was created with six original members and focused solely on teaching and performance.  As the dancers progressed and the school grew, Lena searched for other avenues to challenge her students.  In August 2004, the school became a Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN, Dublin, Ireland), sanctioned school and began to implement CRN’s curriculum in the graded dances.  Lena has built the school based on core values such as discipline, hard work, and dedication and by not losing sight of why we continue to do this, for the kids.

Feiseanna

As a member of CRN, dancers from the McGinley School of Irish Dance participate in Feiseanna (Irish Dancing competitions) at the local, national, and world level. Dancers compete in both solo and team competitions. The school prides itself on always striving for excellence, whether it is through performance or competitive avenues. Because of this, dancers from the school have been very successful in their competitive efforts.

Performances

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Dancers from the McGinley School of Irish Dance have performed with world-class entertainers such as The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Eileen Ivers, Frank Patterson, Gaelic Storm, The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, The Prodigal, Searson, and Trinity Irish Dance Troupe in venues that include An Grianan Theatre (Letterkenny, Ireland), Carlisle Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Eisenhower Auditorium (PSU), and Radio City Music Hall.  

On a local level, the school is known for their crowd pleasing and entertaining performances throughout Central Pennsylvania. Throughout the month of March, dancers from the school can be found performing at local venues and restaurants. During the summer months you can find them at the local Irish Festivals.

Please feel free to check out our Performances page for information about public performances and our Calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Location

The McGinley School of Irish Dance is located at 701 Pear Street, Lemoyne, PA 17043. The studio is housed in a 2800 square foot building in with a 1300 square foot dance floor.

If you would like more information about our school, whether you would like to book a performance or join the school as a dancer, please email Lena directly or call (717)439-2991.