Irish Dance Las Vegas goes to the Oireachtas!

November 5th, 2015

Irish Dance Las Vegas goes to the Oireachtas!

What the heck is an Oireachtas? And how do you pronounce it?

1. You pronounce it Oh-Rock-Tis.

2.Like the name of our school, Oireachtas is a gaelic term. In Gaelic, it means ‘a gathering.’ In Irish Dance, it is a really intimidating word that means Championship. Our organization is pretty big and we are divided into regions. Each region holds a championship sometime in November and December to qualify dancers to go to the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS the following Easter. It’s a pretty big deal. It’s very hard to qualify. In a competition of 150 dancers, the max that can qualify is 12-15. The U.S. has so many competitive dancers that they also qualify dancers for our National Championships as well. This is also hard to qualify for, but the number of spots that qualify is over double of that for the Worlds.

Why am I talking about this? Well, because we are going! We have attended this event every year we have had dancers at a level high enough to compete.

I used to teach with the Martin Percival school out here in Las Vegas. We were in business from 2007 to 2013. We had dancers in the awards round every year. My dancers were excellent, and most of them got to that round every year. We had many top 15 and top 10 placements. We were consistently qualifying for the North American Nationals and, in 2012, we qualified one of our dancers for the World Championships in 2013. It was an amazing experience, being able to take one of my dancers. I had qualified and danced myself many times in my competition days, but there is nothing like taking your first dancer.

Since then, Martin Percival retired, my core group of dancers went off to college and I started up my own school, again accepting beginner level dancers. We are working hard in class to once again reach that level of competition with the majority of our dancers. I do have 6 competing in the championships this year (some for their very first time!) and it is very exciting. Even more exciting, is that we are taking 9 more dancers with us to participate in a traditional set dance competition, which doesn’t qualify them for anything, but does give them valuable experience. They will know what an Oireachtas is, and what the standard of dancing is, and know what they are working so hard for.

We are also competing in team events for the first time this year, which has been an absolute dream of mine.
We are competing in two teams in two different age groups. Even though we are working hard to do our absolute best in these teams, the first year is for experience and anything on top of that is icing on the cake. While we have been competing in team events at normal competitions, they have been 2, 3, and 4 dancer teams. This is only our 2nd time competing in the 8 dancer team category. I am confident that they will do their best and look like a team that has been practicing their feet off.

I have been so proud of all of their hard work and dedication. They have been working so hard to help each other raise the level of dancing in the class. I hope we go and have so much success but, no matter what happens, as long as they go up there and dance the best that they can, they will come home winners.

I hope you will join me in wishing all of our dancers at Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance Las Vegas the best of luck at the Oireachtas.

It’s our time to shine!


Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance Las Vegas NOW ENROLLING for our Fall Session Starting in August!

June 16th, 2015

Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance Las Vegas

NOW ENROLLING for our Fall Session Starting in August!

We have classes in Summerlin on Thursday evenings and on Friday in Henderson on Fridays.

Limited amount of spots available. There are so many benefits to Irish dancing. Help your child become a better dancer, teammate, student, and person by enrolling them in our amazing beginner classes!

Accepting future dancers ages 5 and up.

Reserve your spot by emailing us or by filling out our registration form on the website TODAY!

Saturday Sessions at Irish Dance Las Vegas

April 23rd, 2015

Saturday Sessions at Irish Dance Las Vegas

have started! We are two classes in and we are having a blast. Our adult class still has a couple of spots available if anyone would like to take advantage of our deal on Groupon.
The deal is for 4 classes, which is perfect as we have 4 classes left!

Our adult class is a combination of solo dancing as well as group dancing and is appropriate for all levels.

Our children’s class has spots open as well. This class is designed for children with NO experience.

Come check us out on Saturday at our Summerlin location at 1400 N Rampart inside the sports park.

NEW 6 Week Sessions starting in April at Irish Dance: Las Vegas!

March 2nd, 2015

New 6 Week Sessions starting in April at Irish Dance: Las Vegas!

We are excited to announce our next two 6 week sessions!

Starting April 4, we will be offering:

New Beginner Class (new students only) ages 5-18
Students wishing to continue after the six weeks can then integrate into our normal class schedule at either location.

Adult Class: This class is for new and veteran dancers looking for fun and exercise. We will teach traditional solo and ceili dancing in the class. The more dancers we have in this class, the more fun we have! Depending on interest, we may extend this session to 8 classes.

Classes will be held at our Summerlin location on Saturday mornings.
Children’s Beginner class will be from 10-11am
The Adult Class will be from 11-12noon.

April: 4, 11, 18, 25
May: 2, 9

Email to reserve your spot today!

St. Patrick&#39s Day

February 26th, 2015

St. Patrick&#39s Day

There is still time to book us for your St. Patrick’s Day event!

Travel on over to our facebook page: to see a special preview of what we have been working on.

We have been in rehearsals for our 30 minute shows that are easily cut down and arranged for performances of different time requirements. We tailor our show to suit your needs.

Click on the “book us” link on our website and book us today.

Irish Dance Competition in Utah February 7th

February 26th, 2015

Irish Dance Competition in Utah February 7th

Recently, the Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance: Las Vegas competitive team traveled to Provo, Utah, for a feis. A feis is an Irish dancing competition.

What I love about making a competition a “school event” is that we have the greatest number of dancers attending. Our parents get along and the kids run around together. Everyone helps each other out and supports each other. The wins are always a little bit sweeter, and the losses not so bad because friends are there to brighten the day.
At the end of the feis day, we try and do a team dinner.

Luckily for us, our school had a FANTASTIC day. Every child came away with wins. There are approximately 6 levels to competition. Every dancer cam away with at least one placement that moved them up to the next level. Our teams did especially well. It’s amazing to see them in their school dresses dancing as one.

A special congratulation to our Kyla, who earned her final 1st place to move up in the the first of two championship levels. She was so excited that everyone was there to celebrate with her.

Our two championship dancers did very well, too. Maya came away with a 2nd place in her event, while Rachel came away with 1st in hers!
Rachel’s event was the last one to be awarded for our school and what an ending it was. It was so exciting to hear her name called and all the dancers and parents cheered her on. As soon as she stepped off of the podium, all the dancers ran to give her hugs and congratulations.

We had a team dinner and continued chatting throughout the evening while the dancers played. It was such a great day and I don’t think anyone wanted it to end.

I’m so proud of all our dancers. They work so hard in class. They have frustrating moments trying to choreography or when they are working on technique. It’s wonderful to see them working hard through that, to see steps and the way to do them just click. And then! To go to a competition and be rewarded for all of that hard work-well, there is just nothing sweeter.

I am so proud of all of our dancers and their families.

Improvements to Irish Dance Las Vegas

July 18th, 2014

Improvements to Irish Dance Las Vegas

Hi! If you browse our site, you will notice that we are in the process of updating our gallery from all our events this past year. Thank you to parents like Jenne for providing us with some amazing pictures.

If you go to our “Friends Of” page, you will see that we have working links to Truman Orthodontics, Rutherford Shoes, Fays Shoes, Keily’s Irish Dance Shop, Feisworx, and the North American Feis Commission.

You can order shoes, socks, music, and other sorts of merch from these companies. Feisworx and the NAFC are your links to finding and signing up for competitions.

If any of our dance families have businesses and would like to be included on this page, please send us a png file with your logo, as well as the url to your website. We look forward to supporting you as you have supported us.

Keep checking back for more improvements and new posts!

Have a great day!


July 18th, 2014

Register for fall classes with Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance: Las Vegas!

We are adding Saturday Sessions this year.

First up? A 6 week adult course as well as a technique and conditioning class for all current dancers. The dates for these are Aug 16, 23 and Sept 6, 13, 20, 27.

Register for either of these classes before July 26 and the cost is $60.

Register for either of these classes after Julyl 26 and the cost is $75.

Sign up today!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY from Irish Dance Las Vegas!

March 17th, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

What a glorious day this will be to spread some Irish Cheer.

Catch our dancers on Vegas Fox 5 between 8 and 9am.

You can also see our Dancers at the Firemen’s Paddy’s Day Celebration downtown on 3rd street from 12-4ish, as well as our older girls at Ri Ra at Mandalay Bay at night, or Tara from 11-3.30 and again from 9-1 at Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York New York.

We have more performances but they are for private organizations.  I wish our dancers and parents the best of luck with all of them. They have done a FANTASTIC job thus far and I have no doubt that they will continue to represent our school well.

Have Fun! Enjoy the Day!

With Love,

Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance Las Vegas


February 14th, 2014

Feis Orange County.

It’s finally here! Our school costumes have arrived and we are all off to Irvine for our first school feis. We are entering 9 solo dancers and 4 teams. Very exciting. 🙂 We wish everyone the best of luck this weekend. Safe travels and  have so much fun!

There will be no class on Monday but keep an eye out for our practice schedule for the St. Patrick’s Day season.

Have a great President’s Day Weekend everyone!