Southern Academy of Irish Dance - VA

Southern Academy of Irish Dance has Irish dance lessons for children and adults in Fauquier County, Frederick County and Loudoun County, VA

A great day at the Jeanne McGrath Memorial Feis for our dancers! Congrats to all our advanced beginners who qualified for novice! And a huge congrats to Kate placing 1st in championship u15! πŸ†πŸŽ‰
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Congrats to Laney today competing in her first open champIonship Feis and taking 11th! She also placed 2nd in the treble reel. Way to go Laney!
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Congrats to all our amazing dancers at the Hurley Feis this past Sunday. From beginner to champion we are so proud of all of you!

Congrats to Olivia R. and Samantha A. on achieving their final novice firsts and making prize winner in every dance! πŸ₯‡

Congrats to Lara dancing her first Preliminary competition! πŸŽ‰

Congrats to our champ dancers:
Kate 6th under 15 mixed ☘️
Megan 7th under 18 mixed ☘️

Congrats to our dancers at the Akron Feis yesterday!
Garet 1st place open championships and winning 2 rounds! πŸ†
Garet 1st in music
Aidan 2nd in music
Ciara 4th in beginner light jig & 5th in beginner reel

Come stop by our booth at the Warrenton festival and buy some delicious baked goods and Patriotic door hangers. This is a 100% fundraiser for our dancers. We perform at 1:00 pm in front of Fauquier Bank with special guest performer and co-founder of Hammerstep: Garrett Coleman!

Congratulations to our dancers who competed last weekend at Feis at the Beach and the Bracken Feis. We are so proud of you!

Sami placed 27th in the WORLD! Five worlds and her first recall. Never give up! Fight for your dream! 🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎

What it feels like to do your set dance at Worlds !!! Sooo proud of this girl! Top 30 in the world πŸŒŽπŸŒŽπŸŒŽβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ now we wait for results.

Emma (yesterday) and Sami (today) danced at the World Championships. Very proud of these girls. Seniors in high school and fulfilling their dreams on the World stage! Good luck to Sami who will be dancing again tomorrow in round 3 and 4! β˜˜οΈπŸŒŽπŸŽ‰πŸ˜‚

So proud of Meghann and Shawn dancing yesterday at the World Championships! No recalls but they represented Southern Academy and the Southern USA region well!

Performances in full swing, with 4 events today:
On WJLA this morning at The Dubliner in DC with Kidd O’Shea and Good Morning Washington!
In Leesburg, dancing for a luncheon at the Senior Center
In Fairfax, at the Auld Shebeen
In Ashburn, at Finnegans.
Come see us Saturday 3/16 at
Bowman Library 11:00 am Stephen’s City
Cascade Library 11:00 am Potomac Falls
Auld Shebeen 1:30 pm Fairfax
Shenanigans 430 pm Leesburg
Finnegans 730 pm Ashburn
Come see us Sunday 3/17 at
Molly’s 11:30 am Warrenton
Velocity Wings 1:00 Chantilly
Finnegans 1:30 Ashburn
Potomac Place 2:30 Woodbridge
Auld Shebeen 4:30 and 5:30 Fairfax
Molly’s 5:30 Warrenton

It was a great day for a parade! We loved seeing this sign on the side of a train car β€œSouthern serves the south.”
Here’s a list of our shows, and us β€œserving the south.” so please come out and see us dance!

β€’March 9th at 930 pm Our Lady of Hope St. Patrick’s Day Party in Potomac Falls
β€’March 12th at 920 am St. James Episcopal School in Warrenton
β€’March 13th at 810 am at Highland School in Warrenton
β€’March 14th at 230 pm at PB Smith Elementary in Warrenton
β€’March 14th at 620 and 720 pm at Smart Mills Elementary multicultural night
β€’March 15th at 130 pm at Leesburg Senior Care Center
β€’March 15th at 630 pm at Auld Shebeen in Fairfax
β€’March 15th at 830 pm at Finnegans in Ashburn
β€’March 16th at 1100 am at Bowman Library in Stephens City
β€’March 16th at 1100 am at Cascades Library in Potomac Falla
β€’March 16th at 130 pm at Auld Shebeen in Fairfax
β€’March 16th at 300 pm at Ashby Ponds in Ashburn
β€’March 16th at 730 pm at Finnegans in Ashburn
β€’March 17th at 1130 am at Molly’s Irish Pub in Warrenton
β€’March 17th at 100 pm at Velocity Wings in Chantilly
β€’March 17th at 130 pm at Finnegans in Ashburn
β€’March 17th at 230 pm at Potomac Place in Woodbridge
β€’March 17th at 430 and 530 pm at Auld Shebeen in Fairfax
β€’March 17th at 500 pm at Molly’s Irish Pub in Warrenton
β€’March 27th at 400 pm at Marshall Library in Marshall
β€’March 30th at 200 pm at Ashburn Library in Ashburn
β€’April 6th at 300 pm at the Gum Spring Library in Stone Ridge

[01/28/19]   Are you ready for some football? The Super Bowl is in 6 days!! To raise money for our dancers, we are selling $5 squares. You have a chance to win 4 times: $50 after quarter 1, $50 after quarter 2, $50 after quarter 3, and $100 for the final! Please message below how many squares your want πŸ‘‡πŸ» and let us know if you’re cheering for the Rams or the Patriots! We will post the pool this weekend and you can watch the game, hoping for your box to be a winner! Thanks for your support!

Mark your calendars: Friday, Dec 28th at 5 pm. Come watch us perform at Zoo lights at the National Zoo!!

It’s been one week since the Southern Region Oireachtas and we have taken the time to reflect on all the hard work, amazing experiences, friendships, and time together as a school. We want to congratulate all the talented competitors, especially our Virginia and Tennessee dancers:

2 solo champions
1 Ceili team champion
7 top 5 solo places
11 top 10 team places
11 World Qualifiers
2 traditional set winners

Virginia dancers
πŸ† 1st Garet u8 🌟 2x CHAMPION 🌟
🌟 perfect score 🌟

πŸ₯‰ 3rd Shawn u15 WQ
πŸ… 4th Maddie u14 WQ
πŸ… 5th Sami u18 WQ
πŸ… 9th Meghann u14 WQ
πŸ… 15th Emma u17
πŸŽ– 23rd Elaina u13
πŸŽ– 37th Laney u13
πŸŽ– 37th Megan 17
πŸŽ– 38th Kate u14
πŸŽ– 38th Sydney u15
πŸŽ– 44th Bridget u11
πŸŽ– 48th Ava u16

πŸ₯‰3rd u10 mixed 4hand
πŸ…4th U10 mixed 8hand
πŸŽ–13th o15 Girls 4hand
πŸŽ–28th U15 Girls 4hand

Traditional sets:
πŸ₯‰ 3rd ThΓ©rΓ¨se u11
πŸ… 4th Maggie u10
πŸ… 5th Samantha u10
πŸŽ– 11th Olivia u10
πŸŽ– 12th Mary u16
πŸŽ– 17th Abby u8

Tennessee dancers

πŸ† 1st Laney u17 WQ 🌟5x CHAMPION🌟

πŸ₯‰ 3rd Brogan u11 WQ
πŸ… 5th Liz u16 WQ
πŸ… 7th Sydney u16 WQ
πŸ… 9th Kelsie u9
πŸ… 12th Colette u9
πŸ… 12th Dempsey u11 WQ
πŸ… 13th Meredith u14 WQ
πŸ… 13th Grace u16 WQ
πŸŽ– 25th Adele u14
πŸŽ– 25th Clare u16
πŸŽ– 26th Emily u15
πŸŽ– 31st Hannah u16
πŸŽ– 31st Julia u17
πŸŽ– 35th Renee u10
πŸŽ– 42nd Kelsey u15
πŸŽ– 47th Sloane u11
πŸŽ– 58th Autumn u15
πŸŽ– 60th Liberty u15

πŸ† 1st u18 Girls 8hand
🌟perfect score🌟

πŸ₯ˆ 2nd u12 mixed 8hand
πŸ₯‰ 3rd u15 Girls 8hand
πŸ… 4th u10 Girls 4hand
πŸ… 4th u12 mixed 4hand
πŸ… 4th o15 Girls 4hand
πŸ… 6th u10 mixed 4hand
πŸ… 7th u12 Girls 8hand
πŸ… 9th u12 Girls 4hand
πŸŽ– 22nd o15 Girls 4hand
πŸŽ– 23rd u15 Girls 4hand
πŸŽ– 26th o15 Girls 4hand
πŸŽ– 27th u15 Girls 4hand

Traditional sets:
πŸ† 1st Hattie o16
πŸ† 1st Alicia u16
πŸ₯‰ 3rd Thaddeus u8
πŸ… 6th Natalia o16
πŸŽ– 14th Maja u10

Off we go to Houston for the Southern Region Oireachtas! Here’s a few of our dancers ready for Texas! Safe travels to all and best of luck!

Congrats to Garet, Under 8, on winning his second Great Britain Championship title! And congrats to our TN dancers Kelsey, placing 27th under 15, and Clare being so very close to the recall under 16!
Well done Southern Academy dancers!

Our dancers performed at the Herndon Arts Crawl last night and we sold baked goods as a fundraiser. With two trays of leftover goodies, the girls decided to walk down to the fire station, deliver the delicious treats AND dance! We are so happy to bring joy to these amazing first responders!! They really enjoyed our visit! We are thankful for the members of our community! Pay it forward ❀️

[09/15/18]   Good luck to all our dancers at the Broesler Feis today!

We honor and remember those who died 17 years ago. Never forget πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Southern Academy of Irish Dance | Irish Dancing in Loudoun, Fauquier, Frederick and Prince William, and Winchester

Please come see us perform today at 430 at Molly’s Irish Pub in Warrenton VA!
Register for Irish dance classes today! We have locations in Dulles, Purcelville, Warrenton, and Winchester. Please see our website for the full schedule: You can register here for classes: We are a certified school of Irish dance based in the greater Northern Virginia region. Our school is committed to providing excellence in instruction and we are proud not only of our students’ competitive achievements, but also of our caring and supportive community of dance families.

Congratulations to Tierra for winning first at the Delaware Feis! This college graduate came back to dance last year after a few years off in college and is working hard to achieve her goals!! We are so proud of you!!

It’s spirit day at Chick Fil-a! Please come out and support us all day at Chick Fil-a on Lee Highway in Warrenton VA. Just say Spirit day when ordering. We will be performing at 345 and 445. If you live out of town and would like to contribute, please message below if you would like a gift card and we will mail it to you. Payment can me made via PayPal or Venmo. Thank you for your support to our non profit 501(c)3 booster club, Virginia Irish Dance Association, for this fundraiser.

When you BEG your students to do the treble reel because you KNOW they could win....and you’re right!! So proud of you Kayla and Rosie!! Both college girls too! And a shout out to Emma and Megan for entering as well!! Great job girls!!

Another North American Irish Dance Championships in the books! Congrats to all the beautiful dancers, talented teachers, amazing judges and musicians, dedicated chairpeople, and kind volunteers to make this event happen!!
We are excited to have the first National Champion for the Virginia branch of our school: Garet Zagorski, boys under 8 champion! πŸŽ‰πŸ†β˜˜οΈβ€οΈ
Congratulations to all our Virginia dancers-
1st place Boys under 8: Garet
11th place Girls u14A: Maddie WQ
11th place Boys u15: Shawn WQ
23rd place Girls u17A: Emma
30th place Ladies u19A: Kayla
48th place Girls u15B: Sydney
69th place Girls u16B: Ava
72nd place Girls u14A: Meghann

Congratulations to all our Tennessee dancers-
8th place Girls Ceili u16
13th place Boys u11: Brogan
25th place Girls u16A: Jessie
26th place Girls U16A: Grace
27th place Girls u16A: Liz
27th place Girls u16B: Sydney
33rd place Girls u11B: Dempsey
45th place Girls u14B: Adele
50th place Girls u15A: Emily

A special congrats to Emma Cate Hare on winning one of the highest IDTANA scholarships!

We’ve had a busy month in June! Lots of feising, North American Irish Dance Championships training, and our year end showcase! Here are some results for our championship dancers and PC dancers:


Garet- 1st πŸ†
Bridget- 4th
Maddie C- 1st πŸ†
Meghann- 2nd
Shawn- 3rd
Ava C-4th
Ava P-8th
Emma S-2nd
Megan B- 5th
Kayla- 2nd
Tierra- 5th PC


Garet- 1st πŸ†
Laney- 1st PC πŸ†
Elaina- 8th
Catie- 2nd PC
Shawn- 8th
Kayla- 1st πŸ†
Tierra- 4th PC

Kate- 2nd PC
Tierra-2nd PC
Elaina- 9th
Emma- 11th
Kayla- 3rd

Shawn- 4th
Maddie- 2nd
Kate- 1st PC πŸ†

College Essay

A beautiful story about what Irish dancing really teaches you. Well done, Maeve and to her teachers and family on raising a great girl! A story told with Adobe Spark Video.

Thank you to the Hurley School for hosting a wonderful Feis last weekend.

Congrats to our champ dancers:

Caitie J 1st PC U14 πŸ†
Shawn D 2nd OC U15 πŸ₯ˆ
Meghan M 2nd OC U14πŸ₯ˆ
Tierra D 3rd PC 18&O πŸ₯‰
Laney Y 4th PC U13
Emma S 7th OC U17
Ava P 9th OC U16

And kudos to our fantastic grades dancers as well. Lots of medals came home last weekend!

On this Memorial Day, we remember and honor the soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom to do the things we love, especially Irish dance and to travel to amazing places. We are making the most of our lives!!
We are happy to be coming home from Spain with 2 European Champions, 2 runner ups and a 5th place! 5 dancers, ALL top 5! Amazing weekend!

Garet Z. 1st place u8 πŸ†
Maddie C. 1st place u14 πŸ†
Sydney O. 2nd place u15
Ava C. 2nd place u16
Kayla D 5th place seniors o18

Best of luck to all our dancers this weekend at the Hurley Feis in Maryland, the Akron Feis and Cleveland Feis in Ohio, and and the European championships in Spain. Go SAID!!

Congratulations to one of our dancers, Alex Altobelli, Notre Dame graduate in aerospace engineering! This amazing girl danced through college!! To those of you wondering if you can dance in college, the answer is YES!

We are so proud of you, Alex! Fighting Irish!!

Kidd O'Shea

Another abc7 clip!

Good luck at the European Irish Dancing Championships Southern Academy of Irish Dance - VA!

Kidd O'Shea

Abc7 Good Morning Washington!

Next week Southern Academy of Irish Dance - VA will head to Spain for the European Irish Dancing Championships and today they spent some time on Good Morning Washington showing off their skils.

ABC 7 News - WJLA

Training at 6 am for the European Championships!! And a little news coverage πŸ‘πŸ»

Southern Academy of Irish Dance is headed to Spain next week for the European Irish Dance Championships and this morning we are getting a preview on Good Morning Washington.

A great weekend for Southern Academy:

Congrats to Emma S. placing 1st in open championship u18 in New Jersey on Saturday!

Congrats to Laney Y. placing 1st in preliminary championship u13 in Colorado on Sunday and qualifying for open championship!

Congrats to all our Southern Academy TN dancers who competed in Georgia this weekend!

SAID dancers crushing it across the USA!

Congratulations to all our dancers who competed at Feis at the Beach in Wildwood NJ, The Carolina Twin Cuties Feis in Winston-Salem NC, and the McGrath Feis in Woodbridge VA. A special shout out to our youngest first Feis dancer, Tommy L!

Open Champion Winners:
Maddie C 1st at FAB & McGrath u14 πŸ†πŸ†
Garet Z 1st at Mcgrath u9 πŸ†
Kayla D 1st at McGrath u20 πŸ†
Emma S 2nd at FAB u17 and winner of first two rounds!
Shawn D 2nd at McGrath u14
Ava C 2nd at McGrath, 3rd at FAB U16
Meghann M 3rd at McGrath, 9th at FAB u14
Elaina D 5th at FAB, 6th at McGrath u13
Sydney O 6th at McGrath u15
Ava P 8th at FAB u16
Megan B 12th at FAB U17

Preliminary Champion Winners:
Susie D 1st at Carolinas Feis u16 πŸ†
Laney Y 1st at McGrath u13 πŸ†
Tierra D 2nd at McGrath 5th at FAB o20
Catie J 15th at FAB u14

Congrats to all our dancers!

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We are so proud of Worlds dancers: Sami, Shawn, and Maddie! They danced amazing in Glasgow and broke some records!
Sami C. placed 70th and had a personal best with points!
Shawn D. recalled and placed 25th!
Maddie C. is SAID Virginia’s first world medal holder at 24th and qualified for next year’s World Championships!

A huge congrats to all our TN dancers:
Brogan recalled and placed 22nd!
Dempsey 73rd
Meridith 171st
Emily 82nd
Sydney 53rd
Liz 63rd
Jessie 66th
Laney 61st
Emma Cate recalled and placed 30th!

Congratulations to these spectacular dancers! 🌟🌟🌟🌎🌍🌏☘️☘️☘️

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Sterling, VA

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