OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego YMCA is excited to welcome the Kinlough Academy of Irish Dance to its growing list of family programs.
The Kinlough Academy will offer Irish Dance classes every Wednesday beginning March 4.
There will be three levels offered beginning with Tiny Tots at 6:15 p.m., followed by Advance Beginner and Intermediate at 7 p.m. and Novice/Prizewinner/Advanced class at 7:45 p.m.
Pre-registration and payment is required. Individuals do not need to be a YMCA member to participate.
The Kinlough Academy has been led by Siobhan (Smith) Rodriques since 2004.
The Kinlough Academy of Irish Dance can be traced back to the Penrose School of Irish Dance of the 1970s.
Desmond Penrose TCRG, ADCRG was considered by many to be the founding father of Irish Dance in Central and Western New York.
Penrose received his training from Maggie Kane while growing up in Dublin, Ireland, and won numerous championships throughout Ireland before immigrating to the United States.
He established Irish dance lessons throughout the Rochester and Syracuse area.
In 1994, the Penrose School in Oswego County merged into the Penrose-Young School, eventually transitioning to the Young School of Irish Dance, under the direction of Charlie Young, TCRG.
In 2004, Rodriques, TCRG, took over the instruction of the Young School in Oswego, establishing the Kinlough Academy.
“We are very pleased to have the level of expertise and history of Irish Dance being offered at the Oswego YMCA through our partnership with the Kinlough Academy,” said Kerrie Webb, executive director.
Kinlough Academy has been featured at events such as the Sterling Celtic Rock Festival, Ithaca Scottish Games, the New York State Fair, Harborfest, and Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day Parade and has danced alongside national Celtic touring bands, Ceili Rain and Searson.
For more information or to register for March 4 classes, please visit or call the Oswego YMCA at (315) 343-1981.
With more than 1,600 members, one in nine people living in the Oswego community is a member of Oswego YMCA.
Daily, members find the support and services they need to improve their quality of life.
The Oswego YMCA serves as a community resource providing programs including a variety of Aquatics programs and Swim Lessons, Youth, Adult and Family Fitness, Active Older Adult with Silver & Fit and Silver Sneakers opportunities, School Age Childcare, Summer Camp, Parents Night Out, Kids Zumba, Irish Dance, Stroller Fit and parent and child programs including Move & Groove, Splash and Play.
The YMCA is located at 249 W. First St.
For more information, call the YMCA at 343-1981 or see www.oswegoymca.org