Lexington’s community Irish dance school: the Bluegrass Ceili Academy

Founded in Lexington in 2015, the Bluegrass Ceili Academy brings more than 15 years of Irish dance teaching experience and ceili expertise to Central Kentucky.

Whether you’re looking for someone to teach Irish social dances at your event, searching for a fun way to exercise or wanting to take your dance experience to the next level, the Bluegrass Ceili Academy is the answer.

What is ceili dancing?

Irish ceili (pronounced kay-lee) dancing is the traditional group dancing native to Ireland, first taught by tradition and then, in 1939, put into writing by the Irish dancing commission.  The dances we teach are those generations-old dances handed down through the years, as well as newly developed original choreographies.

Bluegrass Ceili Academy director Megan Moloney, TMRF

Bluegrass Ceili Academy director and Lexington native Megan Moloney

Perspective matters

The love of dance and music knows no age limit. Academy director and fifth generation Lexingtonian Megan Moloney learned Irish dance as an adult, proving that it isn’t just an activity for children. It’s a perspective she brings to her teaching style – pairing the fun of learning dance, with the thrill of performing and competing.

Experience matters

Megan studied Irish dance for nearly 20 years in the Washington, D.C., area with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance; began teaching adult students and teams more than 15 years ago; and achieved TMRF certification with the Irish dancing commission in 2010. The adult teams Megan coached achieved 23 regional championship ceili titles between 2004 and 2015, and, in 2009, the North American national championship. In addition to teaching and competing, Megan has danced — and had her choreography performed — in Kentucky and across the nation’s capital, including at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, the Annapolis Irish Festival and Shamrockfest. Megan was also a dancer with the New Century American Irish Arts Company and her favorite performances include dancing onstage with Carbon Leaf and Scythian.

Community matters

Being an active part of our community is part of who we are.  With classes offered through Lexington Parks and Recreation, we are committed to providing affordable access to Irish dance in Central Kentucky. Being active in the community is also important. Megan serves on the board of directors as the president of the Bluegrass Irish Society and chair of the Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade. She has also served on the board of directors for OperaLex and is a member of the advisory group for the Women’s Heart Health Program for the U.K. Gill Heart Institute.

  • Read more about Megan’s previous teaching experience here and here

Mission matters

The Bluegrass Ceili Academy is dedicated to promoting traditional Irish dance by providing a supportive learning environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels. Interested in dancing with us? Find out more about learning Irish dance in Lexington, Kentucky.

Bluegrass Ceili Academy

Bluegrass Ceili Academy is certified under An Coimisuin le Rinci Gaelacha, the Irish Dancers Teachers Association of Mid-America and is a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America Southern Region.

We offer Irish dance classes and workshops for children and adults in Lexington and Central Kentucky. If you’re interested in booking a workshop or individual or small group lessons, please complete our workshop registration form online. (Opens a Google Form in a new window.) To register for classes, please read more here.