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Kieran Jordan Class Description and Bio

Bio

Kieran Jordan, based in Boston, is an Irish dance performer, teacher, and choreographer, and a leading figure in Kieran Jordanthe 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. 

Class Description
 
Sean-nós Dance
 
Sean-nós (“old style”) Irish dance is a joyful expression of movement and sound. Considered to be one of the earliest forms of Irish dance, sean-nós is an improvised solo style, with footwork danced close-to-the-floor, a relaxed upper body, and a playful dialogue between the dance and music. In the beginner class, students will enjoy listening and responding to traditional Irish music while gaining confidence as percussive dancers. The class will focus on timing, technique, and building a body of basic steps. In the Intermediate/Advanced class, students will learn more detailed “battering” rhythms, while creating longer step sequences, practicing smooth transitions, and developing a personal solo style. Both classes will include dancing to jigs and reels, and a few other tune types as well.
Please wear comfortable shoes with a smooth hard sole (leather or hard rubber soles are preferred — please no taps or fiberglass). Dancers are encouraged to bring water, a notebook, and a recording device.
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