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Welcome to The Irish Cultural Center
Monday, September 01 2014 @ 04:14 AM MST

About the Academy


The Irish Cultural Center grew out of a cooperative public-private partnership between the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department; the Arizona Department of Transportation; a Sister City relationship with Ennis, Ireland; and the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation, a local non-profit coalition of affiliated Irish and Celtic organizations.

The Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies is a major program of the Irish Cultural Center. The goal of the Academy is to offer the highest quality educational and cultural programming. Offerings include music, dance, art, history, literature, drama, crafts, language, and traditional activities.

Classes Term Schedule and Registration

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ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 2 2014 STARTS APRIL 7TH

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies begins its second term of 2014 on April 7th  The cost for music, dance and language classes is $125.00 for the 10 week term.  (Minimum 3 person class).  Private lessons are available in 30 or 60 minute time slots. Private classes may be adjusted to fit your schedule. The cost for private lessons is $20.00 per 30 minute class and $40.00 per 60 minute class. For further information, please call Pat McCrossan at (602) 254-6094.  Tuition is pro-rated for late start.
The 3rd Saturday of most months, we offer Ceili dance lessons. This is a 2 hour dance-intensive workshop, geared towards both beginning and advanced dancers of all ages. Cost is $16.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12.  Call Mary at 602-258-0109. RSVP requested.
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ACADEMY OFFERS IRISH/CELTIC ART CLASSES THIS SUMMER

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesNoted artist Lynn Mascarelli has offered to teach an Irish/Celtic art course with the Academy, starting in July.  Lynn has been a featured artist many times at the Irish Cultural Center on the First Friday’s Art Walk, and has sold many of her pieces.  Lynn is a retired school teacher who embraces all things Irish.
Having studied, for a time, at Queen’s University, Belfast, Lynn knows quite a lot about the history of Ireland and its art culture, whether it be ancient or modern.
If this is a class you think might be beneficial to you or your kids please contact academy director Pat McCrossan at academy@azirish.org or call 602-864-2357. Or visit www.iccacademy.com for more information.
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CELTIC READERS THEATRE GROUP MONDAY NIGHTS

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies
Presents the All New Drama & Readers Theatre With Pamela Sterling & Marisa Casey
If you love Celtic plays & poetry, we invite you to join us at a discovery meeting that marks the beginning of the Celtic Readers Theatre Group at the Irish Cultural Center Academy.
Started in January 2014.in the “Norton Room” downstairs in the library. 6:30 pm start
All people of all experience levels are welcome!
Leave your worries or fears of memorizing lines behind - that's why we call it Readers Theatre
Bring any ideas or favorite titles of things you would like to see or perform
Bring a friend - the more the merrier!
Or just bring yourself, your passion and your open mind
For more details and RSVP email or call:  iccacademy@q.com - - 602-864-2357. Or click here http://iccacademy.com/Drama___Readers_Theatre.html
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IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN, AGES 4-10, SATURDAYS, AT 12:00 P.M.

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish and Celtic studies is starting a new Irish Language class for children ages 4 through 10 on Saturdays.  Class time begins at 12:00 p.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center.
Children will learn the fundamentals of Irish through game play and FUN!
CLASSES ARE $125 FOR A 10-WEEK TERM. 
Contact Vicki Champion at 623-680-1711, or you may sign up on line by going to:
http://iccacademy.com/SIGN_UP_FOR_CLASSES.html
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ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 1 2014 STARTED JANUARY 6th STILL TIME TO REGISTER

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies begins its first term of 2014 on January 6th  The cost for music, dance and language classes is $125.00 for the 10 week term.  (Minimum 3 person class).  Private lessons are available in 30 or 60 minute time slots. Private classes may be adjusted to fit your schedule. The cost for private lessons is $20.00 per 30 minute class and $40.00 per 60 minute class. For further information, please call Pat McCrossan at (602) 254-6094.  Tuition is pro-rated for late start.
The 3rd Saturday of most months, we offer Ceili dance lessons. This is a 2 hour dance-intensive workshop, geared towards both beginning and advanced dancers of all ages. Cost is $16.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12.  Call Mary at 602-258-0109. RSVP requested.

Classes offered:
5-String Banjo (Clawhammer)
5-String Banjo (Scruggs Style)
Accordion
Bagpipes
Banjo (Irish Tenor)
Bodhran
Ceili Dance
Fiddle
Guitar
Harp
Highland Dance
Irish Language
Irish Step Dancing
Mandolin
Music Theory
Piano/Keyboard
Pipe Band Drumming
Slow Seisiun
Ukulele  Steve Colby is offering Ukuele lessons.  The bigger Uke, (Baritone) is tuned like the first 4 strings of the guitar so can be used to teach smaller children basic guitar.
Welsh Language
Lifetime musician John Piggott read too many fantasy books as a child and grew up thinking the harp would be a swell instrument to learn...eventually.
"Eventually" turned out to be when he was in his 30's and it has since become the Grande passion of his life.  Since then, he has played at many Celtic festivals, gatherings and concerts, renaissance fairs, not to mention corporate events, weddings, workshops, churches and spiritual celebrations.  John was a founding member of the seminal Welsh/American traditional band 'Afan'.  These days he enjoys bringing new and diverse material to the harp strings with sources ranging from Elvis and Sting to Bach and Henry V111.
John is currently performing with Welshman John Good, our Welsh language, whistle & flute teacher.
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MARY McLAUGHLIN WORKSHOPS FEBRUARY 8TH & 9TH

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesIRISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8, 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.  www.celticmusicaz.com

SINGING IN IRISH WORKSHOP
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9, 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.  www.celticmusicaz.com

Mary McLaughlin Irish Language Workshop
Saturday, February 8, 2014 10:00 am Tuition $40.00

Mary McLaughlin Singing in Irish Workshop
Sunday, February 9, 2014 1:00 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tuition $30

Mary Mc Laughlin is a singer / songwriter / teacher who is steeped in the Ulster Gaelic song tradition of her native Ireland where she was born and raised.
Mary records, performs and teaches workshops in singing skills, performance technique and Gaelic song and culture.  She has toured extensively throughout North America  teaching and performing at Celtic / Irish camps.  She teaches singing skills and technique as well as the Irish style of singing and is much sought after in Northern California where she now lives.
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ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 3 2013 STARTS JULY 8TH

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies begins its third term of 2013 on July 8th  The cost for music, dance and language classes is $125.00 for the 10 week term.  (Minimum 3 person class).  Private lessons are available in 30 or 60 minute time slots. Private classes may be adjusted to fit your schedule. The cost for private lessons is $20.00 per 30 minute class and $40.00 per 60 minute class. For further information, please call Pat McCrossan at (602) 254-6094.  Tuition is pro-rated for late start.  CJ SABEN WILL BE HERE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD IN THE EVENING TO TAKE REGISTRATIONS.
The 3rd Saturday of most months, we offer Ceili dance lessons. This is a 2 hour dance-intensive workshop, geared towards both beginning and advanced dancers of all ages. Cost is $16.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12.  Call Mary at 602-258-0109. RSVP requested.
Classes offered:
5-String Banjo (Clawhammer)
5-String Banjo (Scruggs Style)
Accordion
Bagpipes
Banjo (Irish Tenor)
Bodhran
Ceili Dance
Fiddle
Guitar
Harp
Highland Dance
Irish Language
Irish Step Dancing
Mandolin
Music Theory
Piano/Keyboard
Pipe Band Drumming
Slow Seisiun
Ukulele NEW CLASS   NEW:  Steve Colby is offering Ukuele lessons.  The bigger Uke, (Baritone) is tuned like the first 4 strings of the guitar so can be used to teach smaller children basic guitar.
Welsh Language
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NEW CELTIC/IRISH HARP TEACHER FOR THE ACADEMY

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesLifetime musician John Piggott read too many fantasy books as a child and grew up thinking the harp would be a swell instrument to learn...eventually.
"Eventually" turned out to be when he was in his 30's and it has since become the Grande passion of his life.  Since then, he has played at many Celtic festivals, gatherings and concerts, renaissance fairs, not to mention corporate events, weddings, workshops, churches and spiritual celebrations.  John was a founding member of the seminal Welsh/American traditional band 'Afan'.  These days he enjoys bringing new and diverse material to the harp strings with sources ranging from Elvis and Sting to Bach and Henry V111.
John is currently performing with Welshman John Good, our Welsh language, whistle & flute teacher.
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ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 2 2013 STARTS APRIL 8TH

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies begins its second term of 2013 on April 8th  The cost for music, dance and language classes is $125.00 for the 10 week term.  (Minimum 3 person class).  Private lessons are available in 30 or 60 minute time slots. Private classes may be adjusted to fit your schedule. The cost for private lessons is $20.00 per 30 minute class and $40.00 per 60 minute class. For further information, please call Pat McCrossan at (602) 254-6094.  Tuition is pro-rated for late start.
The 3rd Saturday of most months, we offer Ceili dance lessons. This is a 2 hour dance-intensive workshop, geared towards both beginning and advanced dancers of all ages. Cost is $16.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12.  Call Mary at 602-258-0109. RSVP requested.

Classes offered:
5-String Banjo (Clawhammer)
5-String Banjo (Scruggs Style)
Accordion
Bagpipes
Banjo (Irish Tenor)
Bodhran
Ceili Dance
Fiddle
Guitar
Harp
Highland Dance
Irish Language
Irish Step Dancing
Mandolin
Music Theory
Piano/Keyboard
Pipe Band Drumming
Slow Seisiun
Ukulele NEW CLASS   NEW:  Steve Colby is offering Ukuelle lessons.  The bigger Uke, (Baritone) is tuned like the first 4 strings of the guitar so can be used to teach smaller children basic guitar.
Welsh Language
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ACADEMY OF IRISH & CELTIC STUDIES TERM 4 2012 STARTS OCTOBER 8TH

Academy of Irish & Cultural StudiesThe Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies begins its fourth term of 2012 on October 8th  The cost for music, dance and language classes is $125.00 for the 10 week term.  (Minimum 3 person class).  Private lessons are available in 30 or 60 minute time slots. Private classes may be adjusted to fit your schedule. The cost for private lessons is $20.00 per 30 minute class and $40.00 per 60 minute class. For further information, please call Pat McCrossan at (602) 254-6094.  Tuition is pro-rated for late start.
The 3rd Saturday of most months, we offer Ceili dance lessons. This is a 2 hour dance-intensive workshop, geared towards both beginning and advanced dancers of all ages. Cost is $16.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12.  Call Mary at 602-258-0109. RSVP requested.
With the opening of the brand new McClelland Irish Library, our Academy classes have moved into brand new sound proof classrooms in the Library's lower level (except for Stepdancing, which will remain in the Great Hall).  We will also be offering a class in the Ukulele with Steve Colby