Aquinas College Launches Irish Dance Club

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Students dancing mid air in Irish Dance costumes Starting in fall 2018, students at Aquinas College will be able to participate in an Irish Dance Club. Trained Irish dancers enrolling with previous experience will have the opportunity to earn annual special talent scholarships to join the club team.

Dancers will be able to collaborate and choreograph dances under the guidance of a certified Irish dance instructor and showcase those dances at performances and competitions against other college teams. The club will also offer workshops to non-experienced students as well as employees who would like to learn the basics of Irish dance. There will also be special courses offered for credit.

The instructor will be Erin Quinn, who has more than 34 years of Irish Dance experience and 20 years teaching experience. She has competed all across the U.S., Canada and Ireland and has performed at The White House, the DTE Energy Music Theatre and was even part of a national commercial. She also toured with Trinity Irish Dance Company and Riverdance. In 2001, Erin opened The Quinn School of Irish Dance in Lansing. A photo of Erin Quinn can be found here.

“This program will allow dancers 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,” said Quinn.

The club is open to any prospective or current Aquinas student who knows how to Irish dance or learns to Irish dance through provided courses and workshops.

You can learn more about the program by visiting the Irish Dance Club webpage. Those who are interested in the program can contact Erin directly at esq001@aquinas.edu or (616) 632-1044.

A kickoff event for the new Irish Dance Club will feature Irish Dancers and live Irish music by the ensemble AnDro. The event will take place:

Monday, January 29, 2018
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Wege Ballroom
Wege Student Center

The Irish Dance Club will be among two other well-established Irish programs at Aquinas. The college’s unique Irish Studies minor is a 21-credit hour interdisciplinary minor designed to offer comprehensive understanding of Irish culture in both historical and contemporary contexts. One of the college’s signature programs is the semester-long Ireland Program, located in Tully Cross– a small rural village in the Connemara region of County Galway which is on the western coast of Ireland, offering an in-depth experience of Irish culture.