Our Philosophy and Our Director
At Claddagh Irish Dance, we believe Irish dance is a sport that can be learned and enjoyed by all. We teach traditional dances, a lovely part of Irish culture passed down through history. Dancers begin learning technique and soft shoe jigs, reels, and ceili; then advance to hard shoe jigs, reels, hornpipes, and set dances. Adult classes focus mainly on ceili (group dances). We perform at private events, parades, and various community functions, and our dancers compete in open platform Irish dance competitions.
Director of Dance, Marianne Politte, began dancing ballet at 7 years old, and transitioned to Irish dance at age 13. As a founding member of the Friends of Ireland Dancers and student of Tighe School of Irish Dance, Marianne performed in numerous shows, parades, and international festivals. She has also trained with eight-time Irish Dance World Champion, John Carey. Marianne previously shifted her focus from dance to pursue a career as an international fashion model and then to raise her three children with husband Charles. She recently returned to her love of the dance, and opened Claddagh Irish Dance School in 2014. Marianne is currently pursuing certification and membership in the Cumann Rince Naisiunta Irish Dance Organization.