2018 Alexandria Irish Festival

Our dancers performed at the 2018 Alexandria Irish Festival on Saturday, August 25, 2018.  It was a wonderful day to celebrate everything Irish at Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront park. Huge thanks to the Ballyshaners for having us perform and for hosting a spectacular festival. Foley Academy even made the news with a picture of our group and a write-up about the festival in the Alexandria Gazette Packet: Alexandria Gazette_Irish Festival_08302018

For more pictures, click here: 2018 Alexandria Irish Festival Pictures

2018 Spring Recital – Passport to Ireland

Foley Academy had its first Spring Recital on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Frying Pan Park. The evening started out with delicious refreshments – pizza, pasta salads, chips, veggies, fruit, brownies, cookies, and a wonderful Foley Academy cake. Thank you to all of the parents who brought something to share! The theme for the recital was inspired by a recent trip that Shannon and her husband took to Ireland. Each dance had a corresponding story and music that helped transport our audience to a specific city or town in Ireland. All of our dancers did a wonderful job, showing that their hard work over the past couple of weeks really paid off! After the show was over, our dancers and their families were able to enjoy a Ceili dance to conclude the evening.

Our first recital was a huge success and we can’t wait for the next one! Thank you to all of our families for your support!

Click HERE for pictures.

2018 Taste of Reston

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, Foley Academy performed at the Taste of Reston in Reston Town Center. We kicked off the afternoon in the Family Fun Zone, where our dancers demonstrated their Reels, Jigs, and Ceili Dances. We even led a 10 minute lesson for our audience members to participate in. After we finished performing, our dancers enjoyed the festival and spent a wonderful afternoon in RTC. For pictures, click HERE.

2018 Fair Lakes SpringFest

On Saturday, May 12, Foley Academy participated in the Fair Lakes SpringFest. We setup a booth with a raffle prize, free Foley Academy water bottles, stickers, and educational information about Irish Dancing. In addition, Foley Academy dancers conducted demonstrations at the booth so people passing by could watch and learn about Irish Dance. Our dancers performed their routines on the main stage to close out the festival, and then enjoyed some cotton candy and free snacks that other vendors were giving it. It was a fun day and we can’t wait to go back next year! Click HERE for pictures.

Spring 2018 Session is Underway!

Our Spring 2018 Session start on April 3 with all of our dancers returning from our February session! We also have a handful of new dancers joining us in both our Beginner I and Beginner II classes. Our dancers will be learning new steps, both reels and jigs, as well as one or two Ceili dances. We also have a couple of performances scheduled during the Spring Session. Check out our Calendar to come out and see us dance around the area! We can’t wait to show you our new steps and routines! Enrollment for our Spring Session will remain open, so if you are interested in dancing with us, email shannon@foleyirishdance.com

Performance at Paddy Barry’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

On Friday, March 16, we had a wonderful time performing at Paddy Barry’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. We had a couple of dancers perform with us for the first time, and we were able to showcase our reels, light jigs, slip jigs, and treble reels. We also had a three had reel, a sister two hand reel, and a two hand treble reel! The dancers all did a great job! After we finished our performance, we were able to relax and enjoy the amazing food and music in the pub.

For picture, click here: Paddy Barry’s Performance Pictures

Sunrise Fair Oaks St. Patrick’s Day Party 2018

On Saturday, March 10 we performed at Sunrise Fair Oaks’ St. Patrick’s Day Party. This was a wonderful event for our dancers and we were delighted to entertain the residents. The dancers performed their reels and jigs, and we even had a sister 3-hand dance! Our dancers put on a great performance, but the amazing part was the smiles and energy that they brought to everyone watching. We look forward to more events at Sunrise Fair Oaks and hope to be back soon!

Pictures from the performance here: Sunrise Fair Oaks Pictures

Manasseh Lodge Early St. Patrick’s Day Party & Ceili

Foley Academy had a successful first performance at the Manasseh Lodge Early St. Patrick’s Day party & Ceili. Our dance school performed as a group for the first time, and all of our dancers did a great job! The dancers demonstrated their reel steps and were able to participate in a few Ceili dances hosted by the lodge. The entire Lodge enjoyed the music, dancing, food and the good fun and laughter.  According to the organizer, “It was universally accepted that this was the best party ever given at the Lodge and certainly the first to have live music.” Because there were about 90 people in attendance, the organizer is already looking into a bigger venue for next year’s party. Foley Academy is looking forward to dancing at the 2019 Manasseh Lodge St. Patrick’s Day Party…or maybe even a half way to St. Patrick’s Day party in September!

Picture from the vent are in our gallery: Manasseh Lodge 2018 Pictures

Foley Academy in the News! Around Reston Magazine

Our dance school was recently featured in the Around Reston Magazine Winter/Spring 2018 Issue! All Reston residents received a copy of the Magazine in the mail a few weeks ago, but if you missed the article, you can view a digital version at: https://www.aroundreston.com/digital-editions-1.html

Check out pg. 74 for the wonderful write up about our growing school! Thanks, Around Reston!

Around Reston Article
Around Reston Article

We’ve Kicked Off Our February Session!

We have officially kicked off our February Session! Classes are going great and it’s so wonderful to see such amazing talent and excitement from our children and adults! Because we have had such great response, we will be extending our February Session by two weeks so that our dancers will have class up to St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to that, we have some great performances planned for our dancers and we are already gearing up for our Spring 2018 Session registration.  This will be a 12 Wk session running from the beginning of April through mid-June. If you have any questions, please contact shannon@foleyirishdance.com