The McFadden Academy of Irish Dance was established in 2008 by Beth Anne McFadden, T.C.R.G. It is the only certified and accredited Irish dance school in Vermont. McFadden is a certified instructor through An Coimisiun in Dublin, Ireland, and a member of the Irish Dancing Teachers Association of New England. She competed with the Mulvihill-Lynch School in Long Island, New York, for 11 years. During her dancing career she attended many regional, national, and world competitions, sometimes ranking among the top dancers in the mid-atlantic region. McFadden became a certified teacher in 2007, “Irish dance has been my passion for many years and I am so fortunate to be able to teach what I love for a living. It has been a blessing for me to be able to bring my love and years of experience to the children of Vermont.”
The McFadden Academy offers classes for children age 4 to adults. The school is geared to both those that would like to dance competitively and those who enjoy dancing just for fun. The Academy’s dancers have competed and performed in several events throughout New England, Canada and the mid-atlantic regions. This year’s performance will be on Saturday, March 22, at 7 pm, at Memorial Hall on West Main Street. The McFadden Academy of Irish Dance will follow mystery writer and storyteller Michael Nethercott, who will be appearing as part of his ongoing book tour. Nethercott will begin the Irish Cultural Celebration at 5 pm by telling several ghost stories, both traditional and (presumably) true—from his sprawling Irish family. His newly released novel “The Séance Society” (St. Martin’s Press) is the first installment of a series set in the 1950s. The detective team featured in it, O’Nelligan and Plunkett, have previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and in “O’Nelligan’s Glory,” winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award.
Following the storytelling, Nethercott will read a short excerpt from “The Séance Society,” and copies of the novel will be available and can be signed by the author. The Irish Cultural Celebration will continue with corned beef sliders and other Irish edibles for under $5, and then the dance performance by the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance. The evening is sponsored by the Memorial Hall Board and Pettee Memorial Library.
The Irish Cultural Celebration is a family-friendly event with author Michael Nethercott at 5pm, corned beef sliders at 6 pm, and the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance at 7 pm. A donation may be made at the door for the evening’s festivities. Memorial Hall is located on West Main Street.
Call Pettee Memorial Library at (802) 464-8557 for information.