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    Irish Dance Club

Irish Dance Club

The purpose of this new club is to enable experienced Irish dancers to continue their involvement in Irish dance throughout their college career. It will allow dancers from all over to have the opportunity to come together and share their love of Irish dance, music and culture with the community through performances, special events and collegiate competitions. Dancers will have the opportunity to collaborate and choreograph dances under the guidance of a certified Irish dance instructor and showcase those dances at performances and competitions. The club will also offer workshops to non-experienced students and staff who would like to learn the basics of Irish dance.

For more information email

Instructor: Erin Quinn

Erin Quinn Headshot Erin Quinn, instructor, has over 34 years of Irish Dance experience and over 20 years teaching experience. Quinn began her dance career at the age of 5 with the O’Hare School of Irish Dance in the Detroit area. She continued with the O’Hare School for 15 years competing across the US, Canada and Ireland winning many awards at the regional and national levels. >Read her full bio

Phone: (616) 632-1044

Are you a trained Irish dancer and interested in joining the Aquinas Irish Dance Club? Fill out the following questionnaire for your chance to receive a special talents scholarship:


Who can join the Irish Dance Club?
Any student who knows how to Irish dance or learns to through our courses and workshops.

Are there scholarship opportunities for Irish dancers at Aquinas College?
Yes, Aquinas offers several annual special talent scholarships for trained Irish dancers to join our club team.

What sort of time commitment can I expect if I join the club?
Dancers on the club team will be expected to attend regular practices and participate in several competitions and performances throughout the academic calendar year. On average, dancers will have about a 5 hour commitment per week. Travel will be required for performances and competitions.

What other Irish dance opportunities will be available at Aquinas?
The club will offer workshops for non-experienced students and college employees who would like to see what Irish dance is all about.

There will also be special courses offered for credit.

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Where will practices, courses and workshops be held?
There is a new dance space in lower St. Joseph Hall. All instruction will take place there unless otherwise specified.

Does the club require dance experience to participate in workshops or courses?
No experience necessary, just a lot of energy and a fun attitude!

What do I wear?
Wear comfortable workout clothing (t-shirt and shorts or leggings). Wear ghillies, jazz shoes, or ballet slippers if you own them. If not, please bring a dry pair of sneakers or just wear athletic socks.

Who advises the Irish Dance Team?
Erin Quinn, instructor, has over 34 years of Irish Dance experience and 20 years teaching experience. She has competed all across the US, Canada and Ireland and has performed at the Whitehouse, DTE and was part of an LG Electronics commercial. She also toured with Trinity Irish Dance Company and Riverdance. In 2001, after graduating from MSU with a degree in Zoology, Erin opened The Quinn School of Irish Dance. Over the years, she has shared her passion for Irish dance with hundreds of students and is excited to share her culture with the students and staff at Aquinas College.

What other resources does Aquinas have for students interested in traditional Irish life?
Aquinas College has an Irish Studies minor. It is a 21 credit hour interdisciplinary minor designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of Irish culture in both historical and contemporary contexts. Dr. Michelle DeRose advises the minor and can be reached at

One of Aquinas College signature programs is a study away program in Tully Cross, Ireland. The Aquinas College Ireland Program is located in Tully Cross– a small rural village in the Connemara region of County Galway which is located on the western coast of Ireland. While students are hosted here they have the opportunity to travel across the country. The program focuses on the goal of in-depth experience of Irish culture, a culture as rich and varied as its countryside. To achieve the cultural immersion objective, we have designed the academics, excursions, housing and community engagement opportunities to interrelate and intensify the immersion experience.

Since the program was established in 1972, over 900 students have taken advantage of this unique program, and many feel it has been the highlight of their college experience. Tim Ramsay, Director of International Programs can be reached at with any questions.