From humble beginnings in Chicago, the McNulty School of Irish Dance has grown into one of the largest, most active dance schools across the nation, with locations now in Torrance, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, and Costa Mesa, California. Our program is designed to challenge each dancer to achieve his or her personal best – both on and off the dance floor. Students develop self-discipline, concentration skills, mental and physical coordination, teamwork, self-esteem, and self-effcacy that serve them well in all facets of life. Whether your dancer has ambitions to compete around the world, perform throughout the nation, or simply to dance for the fitness and fun of it, The McNulty School of Irish Dance will help you achieve your goals!
For the Irish-American family, dance is a great way to stay connected with one’s heritage. Yet, Irish dance offers tremendous opportunities to all students, regardless of race, age, sex, cultural or ethnic background. The McNulty School of Irish Dance offers specialized Mommy (or Daddy/Grammy/Guardian) & Me classes for families with dancers under 3 years old, Riverdance: The Animated Movie themed classes for ages 3-6, youth and teen new beginner through Champion programs, boys only classes, the McNulty Junior Company of performers, as well as adult céilí and Irish step-dancing classes.
We believe Irish Dance is an art form to be cherished, passed on to our children, and shared with the world. We strive to support, educate, and encourage our dancers by providing praise and structure, as well as internal and external rewards systems, such as the ‘McNulty Method’ of advancement through our 12 level system, fun and inclusive performance opportunities all year long, and an optional competition track for the hard working home practicer. The McNulty School offers not only Irish Dance classes, but week long camps during summer and winter breaks, as well as family and cultural events such as trips to Ireland, annual McNulty Feis & Fleadh, The Irish Fair & Music Festival, quarterly Rambling Houses, and monthly Irish music and dance workshops for the whole family. Priding ourselves on cultural education, the McNulty School is one of very few schools who still teach all 30 traditional ceili (group) dances in the Ar Rinci Céilí book by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) (the oldest and largest governing body for Irish dancing in the world) which promotes team building, teamwork, leadership development, responsibility, and kinesthetic empathy.
The McNulty School of Irish Dance Los Angeles opened in 2013 under the direction of Erin Kathleen Scott-Haines. Erin is a certified Irish Dance teacher, or Teagascóir Choimisiún le Rinci Gaelacha (TCRG) affiliated with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, who began dancing with the McNulty School of Irish Dance in Chicago at the age of 4. After years of performing and competing, Erin started teaching with the McNulty School in Chicago, where she is from. Erin has over 20 years of teaching experience, including directing and choreographing for the touring McNulty Performance Troupe and McNulty Company. Erin moved to California after receiving a Masters degree in dance/movement psychotherapy and counseling. In addition to being a professional Irish dancer, she has training and teaching experience in various styles of dance ranging from ballet to hip hop, and her passion for the Los Angeles and Orange County locations is in leadership development and self-esteem building. Besides teaching dance, Erin has a career as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in teen development, and currently serves on the Operations Team of the 3rd largest behavioral health organization in the nation, overseeing clinical quality and professional and personal development for 30 mental health facilities for ages 11-adult across the nation. Erin was Irish Woman of the Year for the city of Los Angeles for 3 years in a row, is the founder of California Irish Arts, and also founded and serves on the board of Ceol na nAingeal, Los Angeles’ chapter of Irish music fellowship Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
So get ready for a world of well-rounded fun, family, and fitness and try your first class with the McNulty School of Irish Dance for FREE!