Jackie O’Riley: Biography and Class Description
Jackie O’Riley is one of the foremost traditional Irish dancers in New England. A teacher and performer of old-style step dancing and sean-nós dancing, her dancing has a light and fluid touch, underscored by strong rhythm, and an infectious joy for sharing this living tradition. Jackie performs at festivals and venues throughout the country and is a member of the touring sean-nós dance show Atlantic Steps. She was recently featured on Irish television’s TG4 coverage of the 2014 sean-nós dancing Oireachtas. Jackie has shared the stage and collaborated with performers including Kevin Doyle, Kieran Jordan, Brian Cunningham, Nic Gareiss, Seamus Begley, Matt Cranitch, Oisín Mac Diarmada, and many others. She has studied with dance masters including Patrick O’Dea, Peggy McTeggart, and Aidan Vaughn. Jackie directs and teaches a non-competitive Irish dance program for children based in Boston, now in its fifth year.