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The McClanahan School of Irish Dance was founded in 1997 in Louisville under the direction of Heather McClanahan Ackerman, TCRG/ADCRG.


Heather began her dancing career at the age of 6 and has competed and won numerous awards at the Regional, National and World Championship levels. She has been involved in teaching Irish Dancing since 1990 and is an accredited teacher and adjudicator of traditional Irish Step Dancing, qualified by An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha, in Dublin, Ireland. 

Heather is the Regional Director of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America.  

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Emily is certified as a teacher (TCRG) & adjudicator (ADCRG) by An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. 

She began dancing with the McClanahan School at the age of 8. Emily competed at many feiseanna in the Mid-America region & at the Mid-America Oireachtas.  She also performed regularly over the years and had the opportunity to dance with the Chieftans here in Louisville.  


Emily is a graduate of the University of Louisville and works full time in addition to teaching ceili and solo classes.

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