McGrath Academy of Irish Dance Performs at the White House and Throughout DMV

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Provided by The McGrath Academy of Irish Dance

In 1952, Irish Ambassador John Joseph Hearne sent a box of shamrocks to President Truman. Sixty-six years later, the Shamrock Ceremony has become a festive sign of enduring friendship between the two nations during this memorable week. And this year, dancers from the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance took center stage, performing for President Donald Trump, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and a roomful of Irish, American and Irish-American dignitaries.

“It is a great honor to be invited to perform here,” said owner Lauren McGrath Dutton, ADCRG, TCRG. “My dancers have danced on many stages around the world, but nothing compares to dancing at the White House.”

Dancers performing at the White House are:

  • Audrey Brown
  • Aine Callahan
  • Alyssa Imorde
  • Patrick Gareau
  • Molly Murphy
  • Brigid Nalls
  • Aerin Raguso
  • Sophia Rankin
  • Aisling Reynolds
  • Reilly Savage
  • Sophia Savage
  • Claire Wolstenholme
  • Jessie Weglos

Lauren McGrath with her dancers

McGrath Academy of Irish Dance, based in Manassas, trains a wide range of Irish dancers, ranging in age from 4 to 24, and skill levels from beginner through world champion. Classes are taught by three accredited instructors, Owner Lauren McGrath Dutton. ADCRG, TCRG; Ariel Raguso, TCRG; and John Lawrence Morgan, TCRG. The Academy was founded in January 2004. Classes are also offered throughout Virginia in Ashburn, Falls Church, Fairfax Station and Purcellville; and Maryland in Bethesda, Damascus and Frederick.



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