Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Seán started dancing, at the relatively late age of 13, under Patricia Kennelly at the Kennelly School of Irish Dancing in San Francisco. Through hard work and the amazing, traditional, Kerry style taught by Patricia, he moved through the ranks and won his first North American Championship, four years after he started competing in 2002. He continued to win two more North American Championships (2003/2006), place top five at the World Championships, 2nd place at the British Nationals, and also has numerous regional titles and world medals.
Seán was lucky enough to dance with some incredibly talented musicians: The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Lúnasa (featured dancer at the Hollywood Bowl’s Celtic Connections Concert), Solas, Altan, Beoga, Eileen Ivers, Martin Hayes, and Andrew McNamara. One of his favorite moments was when he was featured also on Ireland’s TG4 Show, Féilte, where he danced a trad. hornpipe while his teacher, Patricia, a button accordion player, played alongside him. That night, he felt, was what Irish dancing was all about: great music, a good traditional dance, and being surrounded by great friends.
Seán currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.