Ben Power
Ben Power dancing with Solas

The Pride of Erin is pleased to announce our 2011 series of sean-nós (old style) Irish dance workshops!

Sean-nós, a percussive style of dance performed to Irish traditional music, is a form of dance that is much older than the type of Irish dancing more commonly seen today and has a number of characteristics that make it significantly different from its modern cousin. Whether you're new to Irish dance or a seasoned professional, this will be a great opportunity to learn sean-nós dance.

This year, a series of three workshops will be taught by Ben Power. Ben, a flute and bodhrán player, singer and sean-nós dancer from Liverpool, England has an M.A. in Traditional Irish Music from Limerick University's renowned Irish World Music Centre, is currently working on a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at UCSD and has been principle dance teacher at the Sean-Nós Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon.

Workshop Info

Workshops will be announced here, and by email. Send mail to to be included on the mailing list. Our workshops have been funded by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and will be free of charge to participants. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend so we have a headcount for planning purposes.

Shoes: Please bring shoes with smooth, hard leather soles. If you don't have leather, look through the closet for something that makes a little noise and doesn't get "stuck" when you brush your foot on the floor (the way sneakers do). Loafers or low-heeled boots are often good. Because of the number of dancers, please don't wear Irish hardshoes or taps. The noise gets a little overwhelming. Sandals, high heels, clogs, or soft-soled shoes aren't suitable.


This project has been made possible by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.