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
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
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,”
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org