Our Story

The Shamrock Academy of Irish Dance was founded in September 2016 at Twist and Shout Dance and Cheer in Mahomet with just six students.  In the past 2 years, they have grown nearly 1000%, and are the biggest Irish Dance school in Central Illinois.

In 2018, the Shamrock Academy became Members of the Irish dancing organization Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN, based out of Ireland).  The dancers since took to the stage at their first competition in August 2018, and they already boast 13 North American Championships Qualifiers, 2 Regional Award Winners, 8 Top 5 Regional Award placers, 2 North American Championship Award Winners, & 2 top-2 placements in the North American Solo Championship.  Shamrock Academy also hosted the first-ever feis in Central Illinois in December 2018.

Beyond the competition stage, the Shamrock Academy has performed at the Allerton Irish Fest, on WCIA, at Fighting Illini Athletics events, in restaurants, at the Virginia Theatre, at Nursing Homes and more.  Their performances are known to be clean, captivating and exciting, and all of their students, from the new 3-year-old beginner to the Regional Award winner, are encouraged to get on stage and perform.

The Shamrock Academy has also been featured in the News-Gazette.  Click Here to read the article.

To see the Shamrock on Academy on WCIA click here