Grand Prize – Best of Parade – York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2014 and Best Irish Dance School 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018!

To book a performance, email Lena McGinley at or call (717) 439-2991 Dancers from the McGinley School of Irish Dance perform year-round at festivals, theaters, local pubs, restaurants, private parties and weddings. Our performances have proven to be crowd-pleasing, innovative and entertaining.

To date, dancers from the school have performed with world-class entertainers such as: Cherish the Ladies, Danú, Eileen Ivers, Frank Patterson, Gaelic Storm, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, The Prodigal, Ronan Tynan, Searson, and the Trinity Irish Dance Troupe. McGinley Irish Dancers have also appeared numerous occasions on local news programs and have been featured on the Vance Report, Out and About with Chuck Rhodes, and in a Turner Kia commercial. They have performed at the Corbett/Cawley Inauguration and for our former Governor, Tom Ridge and First Lady, Michele Ridge.

Lena McGinley, founder of the McGinley School of Irish Dance, also holds a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education (Bloomsburg University of PA) and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration (Temple University, PA), along with her Oide Damhsa Cumann Rince Naisiunta (ODCRN) and Ard Damhsa Cumann Rince Naisiunta (ADCRN), teaching and adjudicating degrees in Irish Dancing (Cumann Rince Naisiunta, Dublin). Over the years, she has developed and hosted educational, entertaining, and fun assemblies in many school districts throughout South-Central Pennsylvania and the state of Mississippi.

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Performance Resume

Dancers from the McGinley School of Irish Dance have performed with:

The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Danú, Eileen Ivers, Frank Patterson, Gaelic Storm, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra along with Ronan Tynan, The Prodigal, Searson, Trinity Irish Dance Troupe

Festivals Include:

Adams County Irish Festival, Amani Festival-Carlisle, PA, American Literacy Festival, Annapolis Irish Festival, Guinness Oyster Festival, McLain Celtic Festival,PA Ren Faire, Penn-Mar Irish Festival

Venues Include:

An Grianán Theatre (Donegal, Ireland), Carlisle Theatre (Carlisle, PA), Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Center for Performing Arts- PSU (State College, PA), Dickinson University (Carlisle, PA), The Forum (Harrisburg, PA), The Giant Center (Hershey, PA), The Goggle Works Theatre (Reading, PA), The Governor’s Mansion (Harrisburg, PA), Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA), Helix Theatre (Dublin, Ireland), Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA), Pennsylvania State Capitol Building (Harrisburg, PA), Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY), Shippensburg University (Shippensburg, PA), Strand Capitol Theatre (York, PA), Strawberry Square (Harrisburg, PA), The Whitaker Center (Harrisburg, PA)

Schools/Districts Include:

A W James Elementary School (Drew, Mississippi), Benoit School District (Benoit, Mississippi), D. M. Smith Middle School (Cleveland, Mississippi), Greenwood Middle/High School (Greenwood School District, PA), Hoover Elementary School (Camp Hill School District, PA), John F Kennedy High School (Mount Bayou, Mississippi), Linglestown Middle School (Central Dauphin School District, PA), Nailor Elementary School (Cleveland, Mississippi), Paxtonia Elementary School (Central Dauphin School District, PA), Rolling Acres Elementary School (Littlestown Area School District, PA), Saint Margart Mary Parish School (Harrisburg Diocese, PA), Southside Elementary School (Central Dauphin School District, PA), West Hanover Elementary School (Central Dauphin School District, PA)