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All About Claddagh School of Irish Dance

Community.  Culture.  Confidence.  Creativity.

Since our inception in 2008, our core focus has been nurturing the self-confidence of our dancers, enabling them to reach their utmost potential within a positive and enriching learning environment. At the heart of our school philosophy are the values of the Claddagh: Love, Friendship, and Loyalty, creating a spirited TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) atmosphere within our studio.

Our distinctive curriculum-based dance programs are meticulously crafted to challenge each dancer, fostering the development of concentration, musicality, coordination, balance, and self-confidence—establishing a strong technical foundation. Through engaging in solo and ceili dances, our dancers not only progress individually but also cultivate essential teamwork and group skills. Opportunities abound, from community performances to dance camps, workshops, competitions, examinations, and our annual concert.

In 2021, we achieved a significant milestone, proudly becoming the first Irish dance school in Queensland to secure a soloist World Championship title. Sarah was crowned the U27 World Irish Dance Association World Champion.

In 2023, Issey claimed an impressive 3rd place in the U8 International Championship, Tahlee secured the 8th position in the U17 World Championship, and Sarah achieved an outstanding 2nd place in the U30 World Championship.

In 2024, Claddagh had two solo World Champions - Issey u8 World Champion and Sarah u30 World Champion.  Eilish recalled in the u13 and placed 15th and Isabella placed 24th in the u15 age group. 

I'm enthusiastic about welcoming you to class and sharing my profound love for Irish dancing with you and your family!

Miss Colette

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