Teachers at the Old Town School

Nora Kerr

Irish Step Dance

Nora Kerr has been dancing since the age of 6. She started with ballet, jazz and pointe, studying with Campell’s of Lincolnshire. At age 12, she was introduced to Irish Step and quickly traded in her tutus for some hard shoes! She danced with the Sheila Tully School of Irish Dance for 7 years. She had the pleasure of dancing all over the U.S. but her favorite time of year was always St. Patrick’s Day here in Chicago.

Following college, she lived in Galway, Ireland and danced in many of the pubs there. Returning home to Chicago, she was delighted find adult classes at the Old Town School and has stayed connected to dance ever since. She now has 2 young kids who are equally smitten with Irish music and dance. 

Irish step dance is a mixture of athletics, grace, and rhythm. It is also a major stress reliever! As adults, we all carry too much stress in our everyday life. My goal in this class is to provide an hour away from that worry, provide an opportunity to sweat, learn something new, and have a ton of fun doing it. In my mind, if you’re not smiling and having fun, I’m doing something wrong.

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2008

Upcoming Workshops

Intro to Irish Step (soft shoe)

Open to All

$20 ($19 members)

Sun. April 28, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Join Old Town School Teaching Artist, Nora Kerr for this special workshop. Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in this introductory workshop. You’ll be introduced to traditional soft shoe dances including reels and jigs.


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/29/2019

Irish Step Dance: Advanced with Nora Kerr

Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in a more advanced, fast-paced group setting. We'll focus on more intricate and advanced steps including reels, slip jigs, slow hornpipes, treble jigs, treble reels, and set dances. At the end of the session, we'll participate in the showcase and perform a 2-minute group dance.

$156 ($146 members)

05/02/2019 – 06/20/2019 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Step Dance: Beginner with Nora Kerr

Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in a spirited, comfortable group class. Learn the basics of Irish dance including promenades, glides, 7s, and begin a traditional soft shoe dance of reels, jigs, hop jigs, or slip jigs. At the end of the session, your class will have a chance to perform a short group dance at the showcase to show family & friends what you’ve accomplished and celebrate what you’ve learned together.

$132 ($122 members)

05/02/2019 – 06/20/2019 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:20 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Irish Step Dance: Advanced with Nora Kerr

Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in a more advanced, fast-paced group setting. We'll focus on more intricate and advanced steps including reels, slip jigs, slow hornpipes, treble jigs, treble reels, and set dances. At the end of the session, we'll participate in the showcase and perform a 2-minute group dance.

$137 ($128 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Step Dance: Beginner with Nora Kerr

Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in a spirited, comfortable group class. Learn the basics of Irish dance including promenades, glides, 7s, and begin a traditional soft shoe dance of reels, jigs, hop jigs, or slip jigs. At the end of the session, your class will have a chance to perform a short group dance at the showcase to show family & friends what you’ve accomplished and celebrate what you’ve learned together.

$116 ($107 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:20 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave