Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival Dance Stage
We recognize that competitive Irish dance is about so much more than medals, trophies, or accolades. At The Duffy School we commit ourselves to developing our dancers as individuals who are caring, compassionate, and resilient. Our dancers are encouraged to mentor one another as they work toward a common goal, celebrate each other through successes, and learn from their disappointments. The life skills built through this shared experience will serve our dancers long after they hang up their dancing shoes.
Tir na nOg (Land of the Forever Young) Irish Dance Troupe performances feature adult dancers who entertain using a fast-paced program of Irish set, step and sean nos dances. Woven throughout the performance is information about each dance, the music and the area of Ireland for which the dance is named. For more than 15 years, this group has performed at festivals, fund raisers, and retirement communities throughout Maryland.
The dancers of the Granfling School of Dance are dancing traditional Scottish Highland dances, many of which are ancient dances performed in the past by men in connection with conflict and victory. We dance to the music of bagpipes. Our school, classes of which are located in Northern Virginia, teaches both competitive and non competitive dancers, and both children and adults. The different outfits worn depend on the dance to be performed and include the kilt (traditionally worn only by men and used for the highland dances), the white dress or the Aboyne outfit (the traditional women’s outfit and worn for the dances created initially for only women dancers), the sailors costume worn for the Hornpipe dance and the green or red dress worn for the Scottish version of the Irish Jig.
The Hurley School of Irish Dance offers classes Laytonsville and Urbana (new location), MD. The Hurley School is comprised of about 175 dancers from all over central Maryland. The founder and director of the Hurley School is Annie Hurley Morrison, TCRG. Other teachers include Margaret Moebus TCRG and Douglas Westfall, TCRG. At Hurley, every dancer is encouraged to work to their potential as well as to enjoy all aspects of Irish dancing. Dancers often gain rich friendships, amazing opportunities to travel and compete, and learning significant life skills such as leadership and confidence. New beginners, please be sure to check out our summer beginner workshops – the BEST opportunity to try out Irish Dance before the Fall! For more information, please contact Annie at 301-367-4890 or visit our website http://hurleyirishdancers.com/
Scottish Country Dancing is the traditional ballroom dance of Scotland. Sharing a common heritage with English and Irish set dancing, with a contribution from French court dancing, and done with a Scottish flair, it is fun, friendly and beautiful, and the music is joyous and lively. The Frederick Scottish Country Dancers have been holding classes and giving performances in the Frederick, MD, area since 1994. They meet Monday evenings from September through June at the Town Hall in Walkersville, MD and they encourage new and experienced dancers to join them. Valerie L. Hill and Ellen Ternes are the class dance instructors. For further information, call 301-739-4553.