Studio Locations

 

Performances

O'Connor Kennedy Dancers are available for performances for your business or social event, large or small. O'Connor Kennedy Academy has custom-built dance shows for private parties, weddings, corporate events and meetings, and community functions, of all sizes.
 

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Our dancers range in all ages and levels. We arrange each dance performance to fit your financial needs and wishes. Various show length, type of dance and number of dancers can all be arranged as needed.

 

Please contact us to book O'Connor Kennedy Academy for a performance!

Contact Information:
 
Southern California:     OCKAirishdance@gmail.com
                                        (661) 400-0505

Northern California:     Kathleen.OCKA@gmail.com
                                        


 

 

About O'Connor Kennedy Academy

Our Philosophy

After 18 years of great success, operating as

The Butler Fearon O'Connor School of Irish Dance, two of the three directors, Rose Fearon and Vincent O'Connor, retired in July 2021. 

 

Our Irish Dance School was one of the top Irish dance schools in the world.  Founded in 2003 as

a result of a merge between the world-famous Butler-Fearon School of Canada and California, and the O’Connor-Kennedy School in California,

it quickly became the premier school in the Western US and Eastern Canada, and internationally.

 

After the retirement of her two partners, Kate O'Connor, ADCRG decided to continue what was created 18 years ago. So, in July 2021, along with her son, Sean Kennedy, TCRG,  the school was reintroduced and returned to the original family school name of O'Connor Kennedy Academy.  


Over the years, our students have won numerous titles, including Western US Region, Eastern Canadian Region, North American, Australian, Great Britain, All-Scotland, All-Ireland, and World Champion. In addition, several senior dancers with the school have toured with or are currently touring with shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

The school was named the No.1 dance school in North America by Irish Dancing and Culture Magazine for 2005. 

The O'Connor-Kennedy Academy has multiple locations in Southern California and a San Francisco location in Northern California.  

Classes are offered for all levels of dancers, from very beginner to championship. In addition, we offer a variety of instruction from certified teachers in all locations and strive to make each child the very best Irish dancer that they can be. 

We invite you to join our school today and become a champion of tomorrow.

 

We believe that one of our greatest assets is the diversity of our teaching staff.  Although each teacher is the primary instructor in their own studios, all teachers travel among the various locations to teach all of the students in the school. Bringing a different perspective and approach to the students, each teacher relies on their own strengths to further develop the abilities and talents of the dancers. With relatively small class sizes, students receive personal attention from the teachers in each class and focus on proper form and technique, as well as stamina, flexibility, and presentation.

Our Goal at O'Connor Kennedy

Our goal here is to teach Irish dance to the best of your child's ability, and most importantly to make it a wonderful and memorable experience. We want you to enjoy coming to classes, going to competitions and giving performances. The skills taught in Irish dance go beyond dance skills and have proven to be invaluable many years later to so many people.

Meet Our Teachers

Our Achievements

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15  World Championships Solos Titles
  • Kathy Irvine 2*

  • Michaela Hinds 7

  • Marnie Smith

  • Emily Penner

  • Olivia Griffin

  • Ian Gott

  • Brian Perry-Carrera

  • Robert McAleese

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 14 All Ireland Championship Titles
  • Michaela Hinds 4

  • Brian Perry-Carrera 3

  • Emily Penner

  • Olivia Griffin

  • Karl Callaghan

  • Liam Grant

  • Tara Rochester

  • Patrick Grant

  • Maya Coyne

8 All Scotland Championship Titles
  • Michaela Hinds 2

  • Emily Penner

  • Brian Perry-Carrera 

  • Corinne Gallibois

  • Claire Gallibois

  • Ian Mc Leod

  • Camille Slaght

14 Great Britain Championship Titles
  • Michaela Hinds 4

  • Emily Penner 2

  • Tori Lopez 2

  • Brian Perry-Carrera 2

  • Karl Callaghan

  • Liam Grant

  • Olivia Griffin

  • Ian Gott

 4 British Nationals Championship Titles
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  • Emily Penner

  • Claire Gallibois

  • Patrick Grant

  • Robert McAleese

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60 North American Solo Championship Titles
  • Michaela Hinds 9

  • Brian Perry Carrera 5

  • Lorcan Balfe 5

  • Corinne Gallibois 4

  • Nate Schutte 3

  • Emily Penner 3

  • Marnie Smith 3

  • Patrick Grant 3

  • Maya Coyne 3

  • Patrick Barnett 2

  • Alanna Callaghan 2

  • Olivia Griffin 2

  • Liam  Grant 2

  • Regan Matsukane 2

  • Megan Itchimoto 2

  • Deirdre Miller

  • Tori Lopez

  • Claire Gallibois

  • Maggie Whibbs

  • Deirdre Smith

  • Carly Reger

  • Laura Pastor

  • Mikaela Barriere

  • Tara Rochester

  • Robert McAleese

1 Australia International Championship Title
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  • Patrick Grant 12

  • Michaela Hinds 11

  • Lorcan Balfe 11

  • Emily Penner 8

  • Nate Schutte 6

  • Brian Perry-Carrera 6

  • Avery Mc Nair 6

  • Olivia Griffin 5

  • Marnie Smith 5

  • Joey Rougas 5

  • Claire Gallibois 5

  • Maggie Schutte 2

  • Aoife Wey 2

  • Angie Oswald 2

  • Mica Dowe 2

  • Erin-Louise Reynolds 2

  • Hannah Labrie-Smith 2

  • Emily MacConnell 2

  • Alanna Callaghan 2

  • Maeve Smith 2

  • Tyler Graupp 2

  • Erin Rosson 2

  • Sinéad Irvine 2

  • Livi Marks 2

  • Olivia Griffin

257 Regional Championship Titles
  • Tara Rochester 5

  • Robert Mc Aleese 5

  • Maya Coyne 5

  • Nick Andison 4

  • Brett Richter 4

  • Ashley Davidson 4

  • Deirdre Miller 4

  • Ian Mc Leod 4

  • Maggie Whibbs 4

  • Corinne Gallibois 4

  • Liam Grant 4

  • Chelsea O'Connor-Rea 2

  • Madeleine Follis 2

  • Emily Sax 2

  • Brynn Parker 2

  • Enda Keane 2

  • Karl Callaghan 1

  • Ashley Carpentier 1

  • Meghan Matsukane 1

  • Page Hillis 1

  • Terri Ann Nohilly 1

  • Erica Muscat 1

  • Laura Mc Cabe 1

  • Caitlin Marini 1

  • Deirdre Smith 4

  • Kian Paliani 4

  • Haley Thorne 3

  • Mikaela Barriere 3

  • Laura Pastor 3

  • Regan Matsukane 3

  • Sarah Campeau 3

  • Jaylene Kehoe 3

  • Carley Reger 3

  • Melanie Kane 3

  • Claire Gormley 3

  • Amy Chitilian 1

  • Caitlin Webster 1

  • Shannon Rushe 1

  • Ian Gott 1

  • Vanessa Genise 1

  • Bobby Clark 1

  • Megan Ichimoto1

  • Devin Byrne 1

  • Cian Gavin 1

  • Amy Webber 1

  • Christopher Johnson 1

  • Jillian Mc Dermott 1

  • Triona Reaney-Brown 1

  • Tori Lopez 3

  • Meghan Haughey 3

  • Taylor Kane 3

  • Eoghan Briggs 3

  • Spencer McMurray 3

  • Samantha Dennie 2

  • Patrick Barnett 2

  • Grace Metcalfe 2

  • Michael Thurin 2

  • Keelan Paliani 2

  • Allison O'Leary 2

  • Nick Shank 1

  • Jordanna Kehoe 1

  • Angela Bachmann 1

  • Camille Slaught 1

  • Shane Reidy 1

  • Annabelle Noone 1

  • Katie Grant 1

  • William Godley 1

  • Erin Williams 1

  • Maeve Dick 1

  • Eámon Hogrefe 1

Our Ceili Teams

 

We had two teams dance at the World Championships 2009.

We came home with 

16 team world medals!

2006 Mixed Junior Team

National Champions

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2005 Mixed Junior Team

Western US Champions

*Kathy Irvine won the Worlds as a dancer under the direction of

  Rose Fearon at time was Butler-Fearon School.