Dance DC Festival, Photo by Ryan Holloway

 

Mission

Shannon Dunne Dance is an intergenerational dance company, committed to performances and classes that represent the values of sean-nós dancing: musicality, community, tradition, spontanaeity, joy, improvisation and entertainment!  

Literally meaning "old style" in Irish, the style is an exciting, improvised battering style dance, characterized by a loose, playful upper body, close to the floor steps and a strong musicality.  Up until recently, sean-nós dance has been kept alive in the remote areas of Connemara Gaeltacht, passed along through family/community lines.

Past Performances Include:

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Barns at Wolf Trap

Rams Head Tavern

Institute of Musical Traditions

National Theater

EU Delegation

Smithsonian Discovery Theater

Irish Ambassador's St. Patrick's Day Celebration

CCE North American Convention

Eurokids Festival

Potomac Celtic Festival

Glen Echo Irish Festival

La Maison Francaise

Embassy Open House

Jack Guidone Theater