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Jackie O'Riley - Dance

Jackie O'Riley is not a typical Irish dancer. Having come to the tradition from Irish set, or social dancing, her formative years were far from the competitive step dancing entry point of many dancers.  Over the past decade and a half, she has ardently sought out old-style or traditional step dancing, sean-nós dance, and set dancing and is now a highly regarded performer and teacher, with a unique repertoire that includes older steps she’s collected from masters and field footage, and original material she’s composed.  Jackie performs and teaches across the US, was an original member of the touring sean-nós dance show Atlantic Steps, and was featured on Irish television's TG4 coverage of the 2014 sean-nós dancing Oireachtas.  She founded, directs, and teaches O’Riley Irish Dance, a unique non-competitive dance program for kids and teens now in it’s 7th year in Boston, MA, and is the co-recipient of a 2017 grant for choreographers through the Boston Foundation.  Above all, she believes deeply in prioritizing musicality in dancing, being a part of the wider musical and traditional community, and maintaining the joy that drew her to the tradition in the first place.