Join Allison Duvall, TCRG, champion Irish step dancer and teacher, to learn some of the hornpipe traditional sets of Cork dancing master Cormac O'Keefe, who was active at the turn of the 20th century. We'll work through components of his Blackbird, Garden of Daisies, and King of the Fairies, and you'll depart the workshop with at least one set under your belt and in your feet! 

December 8th, 1:30-3:30 pm

Shenanigans Arts Space, 316 F Street NE Lower Level

Allison Duvall is a champion Irish dancer, certified Irish dance teacher and choreographer. She specializes in Irish traditional and modern step dancing, ceili dancing, and modern figure choreographies, and for the past two years has been studying set dancing and sean-nós dancing.

She grew up Irish dancing under the instruction of Maureen McTeggart Hall, who grew up in Cork, Ireland and was a student of dancing master Cormac O'Keefe. Maureen went on to become one of the pioneers and evangelists of Irish step dancing in North America. As a competitive Irish step dancer under Mrs. Hall's tutelage, Allison placed 8th at Mid-America Oireachtasi (Irish Dance Championships) in 2010 and 2011, qualifying and going on to compete at the World Championships in Dublin in 2011 and Belfast in 2012.

She passed her teacher's certification exam through An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the Irish Dancing Commission based in Dublin, in 2013. She loves teaching, and currently co-directs the McTeggart Irish Dancers in Lexington, Kentucky alongside her colleagues, Brooke Harris and Hailey Bishop, and a stellar faculty of assistant teachers. McTeggart offers classes to children and adults in traditional and modern step dancing, in Irish music (bodhran, or frame drum), art, begginer sean-nós and set dancing. To learn more about McTeggart Kentucky, please visit www.kyirishdancers.org.

When not in the dance studio, Allison teaches fitness classes for fun. When in neither the fitness nor the dance studio, Allison serves as Manager for Church Relations & Engagement for
Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church. Through this work, Allison feels close to her immigrant great grandparents, including Mary Degnan from Cork, and works to teach communities about how immigrant and refugee welcome strengthens America today.

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