Introduction to Sean Nós Dance with Emma O’Sullivan

If you always wanted to dance to Irish tunes but were unsure of the rhythms now is your chance to learn! Get ready to dance with Ireland’s leading sean nós dance artist. Celebrate the culture and tradition of Connemara from anywhere in the world!

Join world renowned dancer Emma O’Sullivan in an insightful introduction into the world of traditional sean nós dance.

We’ll explore the fundamental movements, how to string them together and keep a rhythmic pulse. Learn the steps and stories of Connemara and the West of Ireland. No dance experience required. Suitable for adults and children.

Irish Sean-Nós (sha-nose) literally means “old style”, and this beautiful gentle style is danced by individuals to their own steps, and their own rhythm. And everyone can do it! Sean-Nós Dance is an old style of dancing that is most associated with Connemara in the west of Ireland. Sean-Nós dance is low to the ground stepping out to the music, and the style is more relaxed than modern Irish step dancing, so it is easy to learn. The footwork is great fun to watch, to do, and especially fun to listen to!

Suggested Equipment

  • Recommended footwear: Any comfortable leather or hard-soled dance shoes you prefer; tap shoes, or Irish hard shoes if you’re on good terms with your housemates and neighbours!!
  • Dance surface: Wooden floor is best, but any firm surface will do. Not much space is needed.
  • Workshop format note: Emma’s tutorial is designed so you are moving most of the time. She will also provide thoughtful insights and share the history and local connections behind each step.

Performer and Instructor: Emma O’ Sullivan
Film Maker: Barry Ryan
Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival