Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dance, LLC, offers an alternative to the typical competition-based Irish dance school. Boys and girls ages 5 and up are given the opportunity to learn traditional Irish
dance in an environment focused exclusively on recreational students.
Our classes are designed to meet the needs of the recreational student, which include lower costs, a smaller time commitment, and a more relaxed learning pace.
Rose McAvoy has been dancing for over 30 years and teaching Irish dancing since 2002.
Her first instructor was a sean nos (old-style) dancer who loved teaching ceildh dances and simple jig and reel steps to her friends and family. Irish dancing for Rose has always meant pushing aside the dining room table and getting everyone up to participate! It has also always meant family, as all five of her sisters grew up dancing as well, and many of them have helped her along her teaching journey.
Throughout her teens Rose attended the Wild Irish Acres school of Irish Dance, a non-competitive school which accepted students of all ages and backgrounds and performed at shows, parades, and festivals.
After taking a few years off from dancing in college, Rose started offering Irish dance lessons to her English students while teaching at a private high school in New England, and quickly had a large troupe of enthusiastic Irish dancers.
After relocating back home to New York in 2011, Rose started offering classes in Bethlehem in 2012. She resides in Delmar with her husband and six children.
Rose (L) and her sister Ellen at a performance with the Chieftains at Proctors, c 1996.