Tara Academy of Irish Dance

Tara Academy of Irish Dance

A Seattle-based, competitive Irish Dance school with over 40 years of history in the Pacific Northwest. www.taraacademy.com

The Tara Academy of Irish Dance is the creation of the Raney family. Founded in 1994 by Julie and Sara Raney, family involvement in the Tara Academy has grown to include sisters Erin, Mary, Colleen, and Brigid, and parents Patrick and Barbara.

From their first steps with one of Seattle's original Irish dancing teachers, Jetta Commins, and on through their studies with Marie Gavaghan and Maureen Keane, ADCRG, the Raneys have always felt the highlight of Irish dancing to be family and community.

In 2003 Tara Academy together with the Baile Glas Irish Dancers cofounded the Emerald City Feis, held every year in April.

The teachers, dancers and families of the Tara Academy are pleased to be a part of the community of Irish dancing in the Pacific Northwest.

Teaching Staff:
Sara Raney Williams, TCRG
Julie Raney
Erin Raney, TCRG

Fall Semester starts this Friday! Class information at www.taraacademy.com

Tara prelims at the fantastic Mount Rainier Feis this weekend. Congratulations on your win Gabby, and welcome to Opens. Photo cred to Marguerite.

Irish Heritage Night Performance


Great fun last night at the Mariners game with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle and Seattle Police Pipes and Drums!

mlb.com Seattle Police Pipe and Drums and the Tara Academy Dancers performed as part of Irish Heritage Night on July 25, 2017

Great fun dancing with the Elliott Bay Pipe Band at the Ballard Locks today!

Especially thinking of and loving our beautiful Molly today. So many years of joy that you brought to the Tara Academy community. And we send all of our love and support to the Conleys, Arkseys, Conroys, and Deiberts.

Congratulations Carmen, Katie, Tristan, and Christophe for your fabulous dancing at Worlds in Dublin this week. And congrats to Christophe - 8th place and WMH!

It was a great Seattle Center show yesterday! The Tara dancers were fantastic.

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8551 Greenwood Ave N Unit 4
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 4pm - 9pm
Tuesday 4pm - 9pm
Wednesday 4pm - 9pm
Thursday 4pm - 9pm
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 6pm - 7pm
Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm
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