The following Dance Groups Performed at the 2011 San Antonio Highland Games.
The Inishfree School has a full performance schedule at various locations throughout the city and state, like the Alamo, on The Living Show and Great Day San Antonio, and with notable entertainers like The Chieftains and Frank Patterson. Always a crowd pleaser at the San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival, their bouncy curls are seen at almost every Celtic and multi cultural event in the area, especially in March.
Inishfree is a certified Irish Dance School offering instruction to ages 4 through adult. Inishfree's classes are designed to teach the traditional and Irish step dancing, maintaining the rich cultural heritage. Students learn to identify different Irish dancing steps in solo and figure/ceili dances as well as the correct Irish music to accompany each dance.
Neill Reagan, Inishfree’s primary instructor is a certified teacher of Irish Dancing, as well as a recognized competition adjudicator. Neill, son of Irish born Irene O'Conner and Irish-American, Jerry Reagan, began dancing at the age of five. His parents wanted their five children to carry on the Irish heritage. After dancing for only one year, Neill won the title of Eastern Regional Champion and continued to hold that same title for fifteen consecutive years. Neill's dancers consistently bring home awards from competitions throughout the country and soon throughout the world. Congratulations to Inishfree and their 8 students who qualified for the 2011 National and World Irish Dance competitions.
Inishfree students can train for competition or simply dance for recreation. Classes meet at the Josephine Theatre 2nd floor, 339 West Josephine, SA TX 78212
For more information visit www.inishfreetx.com
. To book a performance, email
The Bluebonnet Scottish Country Dancers
They have practiced this lively dance form for over 20 years in San Antonio. We perform regularly at the Texas Folklife Festival, the Texas State Fair in Dallas, the San Antonio Highland Games, as well as private events and parties.
Scottish Country Dance is a centuries-old social dance form that continues to thrive today. It combines culture, music, heritage, a physical workout, and a friendly social setting all in one. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society boasts 170 branches and 366 affiliated groups on nearly every continent. Dances draw from a vast repertoire of figures and formations danced in sets of three or four couples. The music ranges from fast-tempo jigs and reels to slow and stately strathspeys -- a style unique to Scotland. Dancers of all ages and abilities can participate.
The Bluebonnets meet every Sunday at the International Folk Culture Center at Our Lady of the Lake University from 3 to 6 p.m. Cost per class is $2.00 and newcomers are always welcome. For more information contact Patty Heard at
or call (210) 695-9714.
The San Antonio Scottish Society Highland Dancers
They started in 1998 with two performers. Before then, Annette Venegas and her daughter Christine had been performing and competing in Highland Dancing in California. Here in San Antonio, they found the Scottish Society and Pipe Bands, but no Highland Dancing. So Annette teamed up with the Scottish Society to build a program to further the tradition of Highland Dancing among the Society’s members, their children and grandchildren. The Scottish Society of San Antonio still sponsors the Highland Dance Program. The group has steadily grown, and continues to add new dancers. Their primary purpose is to preserve the traditional dance of Scotland. Performing is the way they share this heritage and keep these traditions alive.
The SA Highland Dancers are a great favorite at the SA Highland Games, where they have performed every year. The group also performs at the annual Robert Burn’s Night gala in January. Throughout the year the San Antonio Highland Dancers share their cultural heritage and their love of the music and dances of Scotland with various community and private groups.