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NYC Irish Dance Festival 2021

Opening the city’s Summer-on-the-Hudson festival!


This event is free, but Irish Arts Center programming is only possible because of friends and supporters like you. Please consider making a donation as a part of your registration.

Sun, May 2, 2021



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Irish Arts Center kicks off Riverside Park's 2021 Summer on the Hudson series with an online presentation of our long-running, annual community festival. Join us for an afternoon of workshops and traditional Irish dance and music performances, including an appearance by the five-time world champion Gardiner Brothers.



Artistic Director and Curator: Niall O’Leary
Music Consultation: Tune Supply

Dance Performance 1
Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance (New York)
Music: Martin Howley and Kiana June Weber (Ireland)

Dance Lesson 1
The jig, with Niall O’Leary (New York)

Music Performance 1
Nuala Kennedy (Ireland)
Dance along at home with the steps you just learned!

Dance Performance 2
Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance (New York) 
Music: Gerry O'Connor, Declan Masterson, and David Doocey (Ireland) 

Dance Performance 3
Donny Golden School of Irish Dance (New York)
Music: Joanie Madden (New York)

Dance Lesson 2
The reel, with Niall O’Leary (New York)

Music Performance 2
Gerry O'Connor (Ireland)
Dance along at home with the steps you just learned! 

Dance Performance 4
Darrah Carr Dance (New York)

Dance Performance 5
The Gardiner Brothers (Ireland)
Music: Declan Masterson and David Doocey (Ireland)

Dance Performance 6
Niall O’Leary Dance Troupe (New York)
Music: Manus McGuire and Dave Curley (Ireland) 

Niall O’Leary Dance Troupe (New York)
Music: Colin Farrell and Dave Curley (Ireland)

Summer on the Hudson is Riverside Park’s annual arts and culture festival, taking place from 59th to 181st Streets on the west side of Manhattan. Co-sponsored by NYC Parks and the Riverside Park Conservancy, Summer on the Hudson brings movies, concerts, health & wellness programs, educational workshops and more to the public all summer long. All events are free and open to the public.


Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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