Raguso Opens Irish Dance Academy

Internationally awarded Irish Dance instructor Ariel Raguso has opened the Misneach Irish Dance Academy, which will offer classes in Ashburn, Purcellville and Inwood, WV.

Raguso currently is the only Irish dance teacher in West Virginia certified as a CLRG, or An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha—a hard-earned certification that allows her students to enter competitions called feiseannas to demonstrate their skills all over the world.

“I believe every student who wants to learn can achieve anything they set their mind to,” Raguso said. “Almost every aspect in Irish dance takes courage, learning a new step and performing in front of an audience. It’s not easy, but if you push yourself and try, the reward is success.”

Traditionally, Irish Dance has been taught by traveling dance masters who would roam from village to village teaching dance to community members. Keeping with tradition, Misneach will offer classes in three different locations.

“As the school grows, I see a strong community of dancers and families that support each other,” she said. “I would like to have a strong presence in the competitive world, but also be able to offer dancers many opportunities performing in small and large venues.”

Those interested in learning more about the academy may take part in the free “Try It Out” Open House from 5-6 p.m. Friday, July 12 at the Workman Fitness Studio in Purcellville.

For more details and to preregister, go to misneachirish-dance.com or email Raguso at ariel@misneachirishdance.com.

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