The Harney Academy of Irish Dancing was founded in 1990 by Liam Harney, a two-time World Champion and accredited teacher and adjudicator with the An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha in Ireland. For over 15 years, our academy has provided students and parents with the opportunity to experience the rich traditions and heritage of Irish dance and music.
With over 4000 sq. feet and a facility on Main St. in downtown Walpole, MA, the Harney Academy offers weekly Irish dance classes for boys and girls ages four and up including adults. Here, students are introduced to a wonderful curriculum of soft shoe, hard shoe and figure dances as well as traditional Ceili and Set pieces.
Throughout the school year, students are encouraged to participate in our pep rallies, fundraisers, holiday shows and year-end recitals. These fun group activities promote a wonderful sense of camaraderie and school spirit among our students. Once could say we work hard and celebrate often. Fact filled newsletters are even distributed monthly to keep students and parents up to date and informed on upcoming events, Academy results, and helpful school hints.
Students have the opportunity to attend local and state step dancing competitions and, if qualified, are given opportunities to attend Regional, National, and World competitions. During the summer months, performing arts workshops and step dancing classes are offered to maintain skills developed during the school year. Our ties to both the local and Irish communities also afford students the opportunity to perform in and around Massachusetts.
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The Harney Staff