About Us

Céad Mile Fáilte!

In Irish, Céad Mile Fáilte means ‘one hundred thousand welcomes’! Welcome to our website! The Culkin School of Irish Dance was founded iCulkin Claddagh Logon 1997 by Sean and Denise Culkin. At the start, Sean taught classes out of a church basement in Bethesda. Since then, the school has expanded and we now have locations in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Rockville, and Glen Echo Park, Maryland.

The school prides itself on it’s sense of community and has been able to foster relationships that last a life time through the ties of Irish culture and the interest in Irish dance.

For many years, Sean has been a Branch Officer of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann (CCE), part of a global organization devoted to Irish traditional music and culture in the Washington, DC area. Sean’s involvement in CCE has led to tremendous opportunities for Culkin dancers. Our dancers have danced to the accompaniment of world renown Irish musicians at Strathmore, Kennedy Center, Wolftrap, BlackRock Center for the Arts, the Irish Embassy and The White House.

At the Culkin School of Irish Dance, we teach the tradition of Irish dance and music. If your dancer is interested in competing, we will prepare them to compete with confidence and pride. The school has had many successes competitively at the local, regional, national and international level. In 2015 we had ten dancers qualify for the 2016 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, an 85% recall rate as well as five top five solo dancers and two figure team champions at the 2015 Regional Championships (Oireachtas)!

If you’re interested in learning more about Irish dancing, music and culture it is time for you to join the Culkin School!