Kristin Butke Irish Dance

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Kristin Butke Irish Dance, formerly Southern Academy, has Irish dance lessons for children and adults in Fauquier County, Frederick County and Loudoun County, VA.

Operating as usual

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 04/03/2024

While our dancers were at worlds, our young grades, prelim and champ dancers were making noise in Pittsburgh cleaning up with lots of success!

Caoimhe won 3 PC comps u9/u10!

Charlotte did her first open comp and took 3rd as a u9 dancing u11!! ๐Ÿฅ‰๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

Caeli and Ciara both took 3rds in their pc comps u10 and u11 ๐Ÿฅ‰๐Ÿฅ‰

Madeline took 6th & 7th in pc u13 ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…

Poppy qualified for prize winner by taking first in novice reel and Hornpipe u9 ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡

Juliette took her first 1st in AB reel! ๐Ÿฅ‡

The future is bright for these young ones!! Keep up the hard work! We are so proud of you!
Denise Foster Fumagali Tierra Stanley Mary, Susie, & Olivia thank you for all the work with our dancers!

Thank you John Lonergan for all you do for our school!

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/28/2024

We would like to thank Dana Tafel Nalls for all the work she put into our worlds dancers costumes:
Altering, adjusting, new sleeves, new number clips, new neckline, finishing touches, and LOTS of rhinestones, pearls and e6000!

Thank you for your time, patience, and talent, and for making these kids look amazing and feel confident!!

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/27/2024

Samantha Ankers: 77th in the WORLD!! Coming home with a recall medal!! ๐ŸŒ

And 29th on day 1!! With top 10 scores!!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

Such a great achievement at her FIRST worlds under 16!! More success to come with this chick! ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฉท

Thank you John Lonergan for your amazing choreography!

Thank you Target Training - Irish dance strength & conditioning and From Head to Toe Academy for all you do for our dancers!


With our final Worlds dancer, we now have 100% recall! We are so proud!!!

(Pictures tomorrow)

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/25/2024

Garet Zagorski, boys under 14
2nd in the WORLD ๐ŸŒ
And winner of the set!!

We are so proud of your perseverance and dedication to Irish dance. You shine on the stage and your passion always shows.

Thank you John Lonergan for the amazing energy you bring and for being there for Garet today.

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/24/2024

Abigail Swearingen, girls under 12
2nd place in the world ๐ŸŒ
and winner of the slip jig! โค๏ธ
You are such a hard worker and come back with every correction!
What an incredible achievement ๐ŸŽ‰
Thank you John Lonergan for all you do!!

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/24/2024

Madeleine MacDougall, girls under 12
recall at your first worlds!!!
52nd place!! ๐ŸŒŸ
You are a joy to teach and have a great work ethic! What an amazing accomplishment!
Thank you John Lonergan for everything!!,


We love performing at Oโ€™Briens! Happy st. Patrickโ€™s Day! โ˜˜๏ธ

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/17/2024

Another long but fun day!!

Nashville parade
Warrenton parade
Oโ€™Briens Warrenton
VA Irish Fest One Loudoun
Kelly St. Culpeper
4Js Farm & Brewery Warrenton
Farm & brewery Gainesville
Old Busthead Vint Hill
J Briens Fredericksburg
Jubilation Fredericksburg
Spanky Shenanigans Leesburg
Oโ€™Briens Warrenton
Velocity Wings Chantilly
Finnegans Leesburg
St. Francis Purcellville


Our final World Qualifer is Samantha!!! What a joy to watch her grow from her first feis to her first worlds!! Passionate, persistent, and positive describes her to the core. We canโ€™t wait to see her shine on the world stage. Thank you to John Lonergan for your support and coaching!

Good luck in Glasgow!!! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ


Love seeing the Gardiner Brothers and Katie Grennan! โ˜˜๏ธ๐ŸŽป what talent!!

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/16/2024

What a day! โ˜˜๏ธ
Good Morning Washington
Good beginnings school
Leesburg Senior Center
White Springs assisted living
Dulles Rehab
4Js Farm & Brewery
Oโ€™Briens Irish pub

Sharing our love of Irish music and dance


Garet, we wish you all the best at the World Championships in Glasgow! You are the definition of determination, dedication, and discipline. Your work ethic is unmatched, and you are an inspiration to others. Dance with your heart and show the world your passion. ๐Ÿ’™

Thank you John Lonergan for being a wonderful role model and for your incredible choreography.
Thank you Target Training - Irish dance strength & conditioning for workouts and support.
Thank you From Head to Toe Academy for online videos, mindset, and conditioning.
Thank uou Daniel Faudree for 1-1 training.

Roll on Glasgow ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐ŸŒ

Kristin Butke Irish Dance: Where dance and family come first 03/15/2024

Thank you Good morning Washington for having us on today! Thank you to our live musician Marty Garfield-Levine โ˜˜๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽป #

Kristin Butke Irish Dance: Where dance and family come first Kristin Butke Irish Dance has been serving northern Virginia (and central Tennessee) for over a decade. Owner Kristin Butke Zagorski sat down with Eileen to ta


From their first Oireachtas at age 7, to their first WORLDS next week, we canโ€™t wait to see these two amazing girls dance in Glasgow!! The sky is the limit girls, and we are so proud of you!!! Dance friends are the BEST friends. Good luck to Madeleine and Abby at the world championships! Thank you John Lonergan for believing in them and pushing them to be their best!


Thanks for being a top engager and making it on to our weekly engagement list! ๐ŸŽ‰ Tricia Trausch McKenna, Grace Saville, William Butke, Catherine Pacheco, Milky Way, John Lonergan

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/14/2024

Set your DVRs! These amazing dancers are going to be on good morning Washington tomorrow: Friday, March 15th!!

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/14/2024

We loved performing for Dulles South senior center! Thank you for having us!


Watch Trinity on the tonight show Wednesday March 13th!! Tonight!

๐Ÿ“ฃ Trinity Irish Dance Company is soaring into NYC this week - donโ€™t miss our appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on ๐–๐ž๐๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘๐ญ๐ก!

The Tonight Show has played an integral role in TIDCโ€™s 34-year history - with six appearances to date, including three with Jay Leno and three with Johnny Carson. It was the early appearances with Carson in 1989, 1990, and 1991 that catapulted Founding Artistic Director Mark Howardโ€™s evolution from the competitive stage to the performing arts, and led to his creation of progressive Irish dance, an innovative movement genre which โ€œ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ โ€˜๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.โ€™โ€ (๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ)

The Trinity Irish Dance Company legacy continues this week with Jimmy!

๐Ÿ“บ: TUNE IN - Wednesday, March 13th - 10:35pm Central / 11:35pm ET

โญ๏ธ- Read about TIDCโ€™s mission and journey as recently featured in Irish Star US:

More about the company -


Now thatโ€™s some clicks ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ


Letโ€™s hear it for the Gardiner Brothers! Absolutely love this song!! So great! ๐ŸŽถโ˜˜๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ


Come see us tonight at Oโ€™Brienโ€™s Irish Pub! We can even help you with your jig!! Great fun!!

JOIN US Tonight: Put on your dancing shoes and show off your best Irish jig!

The Fauquier Times presents the โ€œGetting Jiggy With Itโ€ video contest, proudly sponsored by Oโ€™Brienโ€™s Irish Pub:

Unleash your inner dancer and upload a video of your most spirited Irish Jig by March 29 for a chance to win big.

Join the Fauquier Times at Oโ€™Brienโ€™s on Monday, March 11th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to kick off the contest and even get a hand shooting your video.

Enjoy a live performance by the Kristin Butke Irish Dance School and drink and food specials available. Upload your photo after the event and rally your friends and family to vote for their top pick. The winner will be announced on April 3rd.

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/10/2024

Last Sunday, our youngest dancers had an amazing feis. THREE girls won their prelim competitions!!
Caoimhe under 9 ๐Ÿ†
Caeli under 10 ๐Ÿ†
Kathleen under 11 ๐Ÿ†

We are so proud of the work you are doing in and outside of class! Keep it up!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

Thank you and for hosting the Cherry Blossom Feis! ๐ŸŒธ


We loved performing at Landsdowne Heights today!! Thank you for having us!

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/09/2024

Another Friday night at Oโ€™Brienโ€™s in the books! An awesome pep talk by our dance captain, Susie! And fun was had by all! A huge thank you to Oโ€™Briens for the delicious food!! Come see us every Friday at 7 pm as well as March 16/17 weekend. Oโ€™Brienโ€™s Irish Pub is the place to be! โ˜˜๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชโ˜˜๏ธ

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/09/2024

International night at Algonkian Elementary! We love sharing our culture with the community!!

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/03/2024

What a GREAT DAY for our school! We had amazing results in Lake Geneva Wisconsin and Dulles Virginia!

Lavin Cassidy feis:

Charlotte 1st place PC u10 (dancing up a year) and a perfect score!! ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ†

Garet 1st place boys u14 with a perfect score ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ†

Abby 1st place girls u12 winning the jig and set! ๐Ÿ†

Madeleine M 6th place girls u12 ๐ŸŽ‰
Thรฉrรจse 12th place girls u17 ๐ŸŽ‰

Ciara 9th place PC u11 โญ๏ธ

McGrath Morgan feis:

Samantha A 1st place girls u16 winning jig and slip jig! ๐Ÿ†

Olivia B 4th and 5th in rounds OC u16 โญ๏ธ

Samantha H 4th place tie PC u13 ๐Ÿ…
Madeline W 1st place in prelim jig round u13๐Ÿฅ‡
Helena 5th & 7th in prelim rounds u14 ๐Ÿ…

Great job to Sophie and Elisabeth making their debut in PC with new steps! โญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

Maeve first time dancing PW hornpipe u10, dancing a year up and 1st place!! ๐Ÿฅ‡

Grace M:
1st pw treble jig ๐Ÿฅ‡

Olivia G:
1st pw reel ๐Ÿฅ‡
1st pw treble jig ๐Ÿฅ‡
1st novice hornpipe ๐Ÿฅ‡

1st novice Hornpipe ๐Ÿฅ‡
1st novice slip jig ๐Ÿฅ‡

1st novice slip jig ๐Ÿฅ‡
1st novice slip jig 2nd chance ๐Ÿฅ‡

1st novice reel ๐Ÿฅ‡
1st novice slip jig ๐Ÿฅ‡

1st in Adv Beginner Hornpipe ๐Ÿฅ‡(FIRST FEIS)

Fantastic job to Evie, Poppy, Scarlett, Isabel, and Juliette for bringing home lots of medals and trophies!

Thank you to John Lonergan for all your support and coaching ๐Ÿ’™

Photos from Kristin Butke Irish Dance's post 03/02/2024

And weโ€™re off! The 1st of 40+ performances in March!!! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป
Green season is here! March madness! Bring it on!!
Paddy not Patty
โ˜˜๏ธ Not ๐Ÿ€


Big thank you to Oโ€™Brienโ€™s Irish Pub a winner of our Super Bowl Squares fundraiser who donated all winnings back to the Virginia Irish Dance Association! Thank you for your generosity!

Join us tonight as our dancers kick-off March in style at Oโ€™Brienโ€™s Irish Pub -- performance at 7 p.m. Grab a bite to eat and a pint at this great local business and get your weekend started with a little jig!

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