June 2nd will be our year end event. The Silver Spring Sean-nos Dance Competition/Exhbition will be from 2PM-7PM at McGinty's Public House located at 911 Ellsworth Ave. Silver Spring, MD.

All registered SDD students are automatically registered for this event; however, if you choose to perform a solo + duet, you will need to register here. Please forward your choice of performance and t-shirt size asap.

Family and Guests are required to purchase tickets here.

Now in it's 6th year, the Silver Spring Sean-nos Competition/Exhibition will feature dancers from all ages from the DC metro area, as well as the best Irish music DC has to offer.

Sean-nos Dancing is an improvised, battering style step dance from the Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region on the West Coast of Ireland). For centuries, dancers have been getting together at local crossroads competitions as a form of entertainment to battle for bragging rights within their communities.

Competitions will be held in solo sean-nos dancers (ages 3-85), and sean-nos mixed age duets. There will be exhibitions in old-style step dancing and sean-nos singing (ornamented, unaccompanied singing in the Irish language), as well as social dancing for all in attendance.

Live music on button accordion will be provided by National Heritage Fellow Billy McComiskey and Peter Brice.

Special guest judges include Maureen Ui Cheide (acclaimed sean-nos singer and dancer, and native Irish speaker).

Event schedule:
12:30PM | Arrival
 1:30PM  | Solo Dancer Check In
2PM-4PM | Solo Dancer Competitions, Exhibitions, and Awards
4PM-5PM | Social Dancing
5PM-7PM | Duet Competition, Singing Exhibition, and Awards

Solo dancers can choose to do a competition dance to compete for a prize or an exhibition dance, which is just for fun. Everyone gets a participation award.

Duets are competition only. No exhibition.