THE NASHVILLE IRISH STEP DANCERS (NISD), headed by Mary Moran, TCRG, and (Certified Irish Step Dance Teacher) was founded in 1990.  NISD was the first school in Middle Tennessee to win awards at both Regional and North American Championships.  In the following years NISD has continued success in these Championships.  We are very proud of the success our dancers experienced this past December at the Southern Regional’s Oireachtas held in Washington, DC.  Our teams gained top honors and soloists shone with many of our dancers qualifying for Nationals and for the very prestigious World Championship held in London in the Spring.  In 2013 our dancers achieved placements in both the All-Irelands and World Championships.   NISD has firmly established its place as a driving force in the Southern Region. 

NISD performs regularly in Middle Tennessee venues ranging from International Festivals to TV broadcasts.  Our performance troupe has performed at the famous Ryman Auditorium and become a tradition at The Grand Ole Opry, performing there for 15 years.  NISD has had the honor to perform with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Irish fiddle extraordinaire Eileen Ives and Irish legends and multi-Grammy winners, The Chieftains.  Our school was privileged to be a featured guest on the Chieftains final original cast performance at the Historic Ryman Auditorium.  The performance was released on DVD, “Down the Old Plank Road.”   Included in this show were country greats Ricky Skaggs, Martina McBride and Allison Krauss to name a few.  NISD and Mary Moran have been featured in various print publications including Irish Dancer Magazine and the UK Irish Dancing Magazine. 

 NISD is proud to be the longest established Irish Dance School in Nashville and active members in our community, each year performing, “Celtic Rhythms on Fire”,  an energetic fusion of live Irish dance, music, and song that has sold-out performances.

Celtic Rhythms on Fire” is a celebration of the rich and vibrant artistry of Irish dance and music, and in a larger sense, the fiery spirit of the Irish culture and heritage,” Moran explains.

 “The show features not only the more traditional elements-such as The Jig, The Reel, and Hornpipe, but also explores more progressive styles of Irish dance and music.  The collaboration between the dancers, musicians, and singers really results in a spirited lively interchange,” Moran says.   “And of course the audience is a big part of that-we have something for everyone in all age groups.  We have our interpretations of “Cotton Eyed Joe,” “I Twist My Hips,” “Brave,” and “I’ve Got a Feeling”. 

The popularity of Irish dance has exploded in the recent years, with growing numbers of dancers and fans the world over who love the art and sport of the dance.  Under the direction of Mary Moran, NISD has an established satellite school in Huntsville, Alabama, under instruction from DeeAnna Heym. 


We welcome dancers in all levels of dance experience ranging in age from toddler to adult with aspirations ranging from recreation to world championships. 


If you love to dance and would like more information on how to join our NISD family, contact Mary Moran at 615-578-7368 or via email at