The Emerald Isle Step Dancers are excited to announce that we will be teaching Irish step dance at a second location. Currently the studio is located Pittston but our second location will be at the Conservatory of Dance located at 75 North Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. An open house is scheduled Thursday, September 28th from 6-7. Classes will be starting on Thursday, October 5th from 6-7. If you can’t make the Open House on the 28th please call Jennifer to register at 570-332-9421. This class is for beginners.
Emerald Isle Step Dancers were founded in 1980 by Margaret and Maureen Monahan and are currently under the direction of Jennifer Woss. The group is based in Pittston and is a member of the Rince Tuatha Nua, Inc (RTN)
Irish dance organization
The Emerald Isle Step Dancers are dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Irish heritage. Their performances consist of traditional Irish dances, as well as more modern pieces, such as those influenced by “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance”. It is the Emerald Isle Stepd Dancers goal to bring Irish dance to all ages and generations by incorporating the traditional with the non-traditional and giving their own unique stamp.
Musically the group is as diverse as their dance style, ranging from bag pipes and fiddles to electice guitars to chart topping pop favorites. The Emerald Isle Step Dancers perform year round for a multitude of audiences and organizations.
Some of their students are competitive and participate in competition with the RTN organization. An Irish dance completion is called a Feis (pronounces fesh). Our competitors range from first timers to prizewinners, the level just below champion.
The dance group consists of approximately 60 students and families. Students range in age from 4 to 66. Children, parents, and grandparents dance with the group. The students in the group are from Wilkes-Barre, Mountain Top, Dallas, Pittston, Scranton, and surrounding areas.
The Emerald Isle Step Dancers participate in events up and down the east coast. They have participated in the Bonnie Brae Celtic Festival in New Jersey and have performed at the Scottish and Irish Festival at the Fernwood Resorts in the Pocono’s, as well as the Jack Frost Irish Festival. In recent years, The Emerald Isle Step Dancers have participated in the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade winning the Tate Award given by the parade committee. They participate annually in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day, parade and have been presented with the Irish Dancing award and the Best Irish Costume Award.
One of their highest honors was being accepted into the nation’s second largest St Patrick’s Day parade celebration in Savannah, Georgia. While in Savannah, the group was recognized for its accomplishments in Irish Dance. The group was asked to participate in the Gaspee Days Parade and festivities in Rhode Island. Members of the dance group traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in Walt Disney World’s Magical Music Days in the Magic Kingdom.
Most recently, the Emerald Isle Step Dancers were honored to participate in the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. They also participate annually in the newest Saint Patrick’s Day parade around, the Pittston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as appearances in the annual Carbon County Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Jim Thorpe.
Upcoming events are a competition on Saturday, October 7th at Kalahari Resort and Sunday, October 22nd at Heller’s Apple Festival.