Social Dancing classes are a fantastic way for participants to enjoy Irish culture in a fun, interactive atmosphere. Along with teaching dancing, Mary Beth is a DELTA-qualified English Language teacher, and has been working with international groups for over 15 years. She has held full-time teaching positions at several different universities, including EDUCO Global at Maynooth University, Dublin City University, Columbia University’s American Language Program in New York City, and at the Wellington Institute of Technology in New Zealand.

Social dancing (also called céilí, or group dancing) provides learners with the opportunity to get to know one another in a relaxed environment. Although participants will begin the dance with one partner, they will change partners often throughout the set, as is the nature of traditional Irish social dancing. This gives them the chance to meet and interact with a large number of group members. Additionally, dancing helps international learners improve their listening skills as they take instruction from the teacher and work together as a group to complete the set.

With her experience as both a language teacher and a dancing teacher, Mary Beth is able to explain the dances in a way that participants can understand, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The goal, in this case, is participation and enjoyment rather than perfection!

Along with language students, Mary Beth also works with school groups, corporate groups, hen parties, and wedding parties. Past groups include Decathlon Ireland, Eaton Power Dublin, Kildare County Library and Arts Service, Kaplan International English, Coláiste Chilliain Secondary School, University College Dublin, ELSA Summer Law School MaynoothBord na Gaeilge UCD, Dublin City University Language Services, Friends of the Elderly, Griffith College DublinNational Geographic Student Expeditions, and Putney Student Travel (USA).

If you would like to book a class for your group, please contact Mary Beth at or telephone +353 86 159 4140 (Ireland) or +1 352 530 5950 (USA).

“My organization brings a group of high school aged students to Mary Beth for dance classes each summer. She is absolutely wonderful! The students feel immediately at ease, her classes are well-paced and inviting to both beginners and experienced dancers. Students rave about their dance experience and we always enjoy our time with Mary Beth. We couldn't recommend her more!”

Brenna C., Putney Student Travel (USA)