Our Mission

“Failte” (“Welcome”) from the Lincoln Irish Dancers! Our mission is “to heighten awareness and appreciation of traditional Irish dance, and to celebrate Irish culture” here in Lincoln, Nebraska and surrounding areas. Our group began in March of 1997. We now offer a variety of activities such as holding Irish social dance classes from fall through spring in 5-week sessions; performing locally and regionally throughout the year; hosting a public ceili and workshops; facilitating periodic trips, e.g., to Ireland; and a number of member-only social events.

International Irish Dance Day

Celebrate International Irish Dance Day with Lincoln Irish Dancers!

Lincoln Irish Dancers is excited to announce that classes for the 2020-21 year… following CDC Guidelines and in collaboration with Eastridge Presbyterian Church policies. Click here to review requirements prior to attending classes.  Note that, should the Lincoln Covid-19 Dashboard (link: https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/covid19/) move into the red, the church will be closed and classes will be cancelled.  The standard cancellation procedure would be followed, that is, a notice posted to the Lincoln Irish Dancers Facebook page (link: https://www.facebook.com/lincolnirishdancers/) and an effort made to notify dancers through the listserv.

Lincoln Irish Dancers welcomes students with any/no dance experience, joining at the beginning of any 5-week session.  Review Schedule for the 2020-2021 Season for the session that works for you to start.  Next session will be  Oct 19 – Nov 15, 2020. Both Step Class (age 7 up) and Irish Social (Ceili) Classes (age 12 up or instructor approval) are designed so new or returning dancers can start at the first class of any session throughout the year. Due to current occupancy restrictions, new dancers are asked to contact lincolnirishdancers@gmail.com for confirmation of class availability.

Classes are in the Family Life Center (basement) of Eastridge Presbyterian Church, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  If possible, please download, complete and bring with you the 2020-2021 Registration Form.  Please note the following:

  • All attendees will need to wear a face covering, not vented, so please bring your mask and put on prior to entering Eastridge Presbyterian.
  • Follow the directional signs from the entry on 56th street off the parking lot to the basement Family Life Center. Traffic flow must be one-way.  At the meeting we will advise you of the exit path.
  • Tables, chairs, restrooms will be sanitized prior to class.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available but attendees may wear disposable gloves if they wish to bring them.
  • The drinking fountain will NOT be available so if you will need water please bring your own. After having a drink put your mask back on.
  • Food is currently not allowed.

Lincoln Irish Dancers is committed to observing the established policies of Eastridge Presbyterian church which are based on CDC guidelines and may change as those guidelines are updated.

2020 Summer Challenge

The 2020 Summer Challenge continues until September 14 so it’s not too late to join!  View the videos posted on the Lincoln Irish Dancers Facebook page for Light Jig first and then a Simple Reel. We invite you to DANCE WITH US!

Here’s the link to videos teaching not only dancing, but also storytelling, singing and playing instruments. Get an education in history and background of these Irish traditions and have some fun! Dance with us now and join us for fall classes beginning Sept. 14!

Want to learn how to dance? Join us in September for our classes. Check out the Classes page.

Classes for the 2020-2021 Season will begin September 14, 2020
We are looking forward with hope and optimism to the 2020- 2021 Lincoln Irish Dancers class and performance season beginning September 14, 2020.  Keep an eye on www.lincolnirishdancers.org for ever-changing inspiring sayings and graphics.  In the meantime, follow Lincoln Irish Dancers on Facebook for inspiration, updates, videos, announcements, and more. Post your comments on what you like best and how you are keeping up with Irish culture and dance during this long ‘break’ from our normal lives.

Lincoln Irish Dancers welcomes students with any/no dance experience. Both Step Class (age 7 up) and Irish Social (Ceili) Classes (age 12 up or instructor approval) are designed so new or returning dancers can start at the first class of any session throughout the year.

NOTE about cancellation:  If the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard (https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/covid19/) goes into the red/severe level the church will have to close and the annual meeting will be cancelled. Notification of such will be posted on the Facebook Lincoln Irish Dancers site (https://www.facebook.com/lincolnirishdancers/). Effort will be made to send a notification email through the Member Memo listserv.  Please check the Dashboard before heading out to the Annual Meeting.


Performers gathering in 2020

PHRASE:                            Maireann croi eadrom i bhfad

PRONOUNCED:               marr-inn kree aid-drum ih bodd

MEANING:                A light heart lives longest