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From humble beginnings in Naperville Illinois, the McNulty School of Irish Dance has
grown into one of the largest, most active dance schools in the Midwest. We offer Irish
dance lessons throughout the Chicago suburban area, in Bloomington, and
Rockford Illinois, and in Dubuque Iowa.
Our program is designed to challenge each dancer to achieve his or her personal best -
both on and off the dance floor. Students develop concentration skills, coordination, and
self-confidence that serve them well in all facets of life. Whether you have ambitions to
compete in Irish dance, perform publicly, or simply to dance for the fun of it, we will
help you reach 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
cultural or ethnic background.
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 & encourage our dancers by providing praise,
discipline and the opportunity to perform.
The McNulty School of Irish Dance was founded by Barbara McNulty T.C.R.G. in 1971 in
Naperville, Illinois. Since then, enrollment has grown to over 450 students throughout the
Midwest. The School currently offers classes in over 15 locations in Northern and Central
Illinois as well as Iowa.
Barbara is recognized by An Coimisiun (the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin Ireland)
and the North American and Mid-American Irish Dance Teachers Associations. She is fully
certified to teach Irish Step Solo, Figure, and Ceili dancing. Because of these
accreditations, our students are eligible to compete in sanctioned Irish Dance
competitions throughout the world.
The McNulty School offers classes for all ages and experience levels, including teen
and adult beginners, and "boys only" classes in many locations. All students have the
opportunity to perform and compete. Dancers begin learning in the Irish soft dance shoes,
and then progress to heavy shoe dances over time. Students will enjoy learning both solo
and team dances.