(WTNH) — Irish jig dancers of Connecticut teach Ryan how to dance.
Scoil Rince Luimni was founded by Courtney Jay in July 2014. Since then it has grown to over 40 students at locations in South Windsor and Farmington, CT. Opening an Irish dance academy was a lifelong dream for Courtney, who began dancing at age 6 and rose through the competitive ranks to finish as a 2x World Championship medalist, top 10 in North America, top 10 in Ireland, and regional champion.
Courtney went on to study in Limerick, Ireland for 4 years earning her BA Irish Music and Dance as well as her TCRG (Irish dance teaching certification). Studying in Limerick exposed her to new teachers, methods, and training that strengthened her dancing and teaching skills which are now at the forefront of her teaching at Scoil Rince Luimni. Her time in Limerick also brought her to Dan Foster, a UK-born Irish traditional fiddle player, now Courtney’s partner. Dan recently emigrated to the USA and is active in the folk and traditional music scene around CT, teaches fiddle privately, and plays for Irish dancing competitions.
Scoil Rince Luimni continues to go from strength to strength as dancers rise through the ranks and become more active in performance & competitive opportunities. The school is becoming more than a center for dance education; dancers and parents create a community that feels like family. Soon our “family” will have a new “home” as Scoil Rince Luimni is moving into brand new, state of the art facilities in South Windsor this summer featuring an 800sqft sprung dance studio and spacious waiting area for parents and siblings. The new studio will give our community a true center and hub for students to flourish.
Scoil Rince Luimni will also be performing at the XL Center on Friday 3/18 at the Hartford Wolfpack game. They will be dancing on the ice during the half-time intermission in a performance that is sure to be exciting. www.irishdanceCT.com