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Creating Characters with Irish Dance Drama with Máire Clerkin
Step into an Irish Folk Tale with Music Center Teaching Artist Máire Clerkin and make the characters come alive through a lively blend of theatre and Irish Dance. This lesson is ideal for grades K-5.
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About our Teaching Artist
Máire Clerkin is an Irish dance and theatre artist from London, of Irish parents. She moved to California in 2003, and has since taught for numerous educational organizations. A certified dance teacher and adjudicator with the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, and member of the Irish Dance Teachers of North America, Máire judges competitions worldwide, choreographs award-winning dance drama productions, and teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and University of Limerick in Ireland. With a B.A. in Performing Arts from Middlesex University, Máire founded several dance theatre companies, touring the UK and Ireland extensively. A dancer, writer, and actor, Máire tours her successful solo dance theatre show internationally, and collaborates with folk musicians across the globe. She is Artistic Director of the Irish Music & Dance ensemble, A Gaelic Gathering, performing for school assemblies, festivals, and concerts.