Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance


Tir Na Greine (pronounced “tear-na-gran-ya”) is Irish for "land of sunshine", an appropriate name for an Irish dance school here in Florida, the Sunshine State.



The phenomenal success and popularity of Ireland’s “Riverdance” show generated world-wide interest in traditional Irish dance and music.  Here in Florida, the Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance was established to satisfy an overwhelming demand in the local Irish communities to learn traditional Irish dance.


The Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance was founded in 1994 by Laura O’Sullivan and Maureen Armstrong at Orlando, Florida.  The two former students of the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance in New York shared a common bond that went beyond the fact that they were former classmates.  Laura and Maureen are both regional and national dance champions, and danced with honors at the World Championships in Ireland.  They have performed in such places Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as performed with well known Irish music groups such as "The Chieftains", ‘Cherish the Ladies" and "Paddy Noonan".  Maureen and Laura are accredited by An Coimisium le Rince Gaelacha in Ireland and the Dance Teachers Association of North America, as both teachers and judges.



The Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance continues to grow, with over 250 students, and offers classes in six Florida cities: Orlando, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Melbourne, St. Cloud, Stuart and West Palm Beach.  The school’s students participated at the 2009 World Championships, held for the first time in the USA at Philadelphia, and at the North American Irish Dance Championships held at Nashville, Tennessee.  Tir Na Greine also hosts a feis (pronounced “fesh”), an Irish dance competition, each year here in Florida.  The dancers also appear regularly at Irish festivals and other venues in Florida:



Tir na Greine performing on March 15, 2010 at Dicey Reilly’s Pub


Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance

Classes and Locations (check their website for updates: http://www.tirnagreine.com/):


Delray Beach – Monday – St. Vincent Ferrer

Jupiter – Friday – Art Stage

Melbourne – Thursday – Eau Gallie Civic Center

Orlando – Monday and Wednesday – Casselberry Recreation Center

St. Cloud – Tuesday – St. Cloud Civic Center

Stuart – Tuesday – Stuart Recreation Center

West Palm Beach – Wednesday – South Olive Community Center, E. Summa Street, West Palm Beach



Maureen Armstrong: (561) 371-7130  maureen@tirnagreine.com

Laura O’Sullivan:      (407) 381-4423  laura@tirnagreine.com



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One response to “Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance

  1. Jennifer mckee

    Would like to know where and when in the Melbourne area are classes. I live in satellite beach and my children are 3 & 7. By next school year they will be 4 & 8. My daughter is the eldest, my son will be 4. They have had gymnastics lessons and my daughter has also had tap and ballet in the past. They both like to dance.

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