Kieran Jordan Class Description and Bio
Kieran Jordan, based in Boston, is an Irish dance performer, teacher, and choreographer, and a leading figure in the area of sean-nós Irish dance. Born in Philadelphia to an Irish American family, Kieran started Irish step dancing when she was just five years old. She has collaborated with some of today’s finest performers in Irish music and has been performing as a featured solo dancer for more than 20 years. With a style described as “playfully theatrical” (The Boston Globe) and “wonderfully expressive” (The Living Tradition), Kieran combines the nimble footwork of old-style step dancing with the natural musicality of sean-nós dance, and a warm and uplifting presence on stage.
In 2001, Kieran established a non-competitive Irish dance school for adults in the Boston area. Her classes and productions — called “a rare find” by the Cambridge Chronicle — won the 2010 City Voter “Best Irish Dance Class in Boston” and have become a mainstay in the city’s thriving Irish arts scene. In addition to her own studio classes, Kieran teaches in the Irish Studies program at Boston College, and she has taught at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Catskills Irish Arts Week, Augusta Heritage Festival, Blás, Pinewoods Dance Camp, and more. She has written, directed and choreographed for touring stage productions including Atlantic Steps, the WGBH Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and for her own company, Kieran Jordan Dance. Winner of a 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Kieran has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a B.A. from Boston College. She also holds the TCRG certification for teaching Irish Dance.