The Claddagh Dance Company is the premier Irish Dancing School in Southern California. Claddagh Dance has added a touch of authentic Irish Culture to the lives of Southern California communities since 1985. Students range from four to adult, learning a mix of solo and group dances in the traditional soft and hard shoes.
The Claddagh school is proud to include over 50 North American Championship Irish dancers in solo and team events as well as overseas Champions. The dance school is under the direction of Máire O’Connell who moved to Ventura from Galway, Ireland in 1978 and a staff of teachers. Ms. O’Connell has been dancing most of her life and is a fully accredited to teach and adjudicate by the Irish Dancing Commission of Ireland. She has previously been active in the Irish American community as a speaker and a judge at a variety of events as well as a past President of the Irish American Club of Ventura. Máire is a 1995 honoree of the city of Los Angeles for her participation in the Irish Community of Southern California. In Irish Dancing she has previously been president of the Western Region of Teachers and Adjudicators. In 1999 she was invited to judge the All Scotland’s, All Ireland’s (The nation's Irish Dance Championships) and the World Championships in Ennis, Ireland.