Sean Collins Welcome Letter to PS77

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 1.56.51 PMHello Lower Lab Families!

 

Monday, 2/25, was my first day working at Lower Lab as a dance instructor, and I had such an amazing time sharing something I love with your wonderful children!  I was amazed at how quickly they were picking up the steps and am looking forward to these steps growing into different combinations and full dances.

 

In Monday Dance, I’m planning on introducing your children to different dance forms.  As I am a fully accredited Irish dancing teacher (TCRG) with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaeleacha in Dublin, Ireland, I’m very excited to share my love for all forms of Irish dance with Lower Lab, in step dancing, céilí (pronounced KAY-lee), and, set dancing.  Step dancing was made famous from shows like Riverdance, and céili/set dancing is performed similarly to a square or progressive line dance. In my dance classes, we always begin with a warm up, take a few minutes to stretch, which leads into learning or reviewing dance steps, finishing in a cool down stretch.

 

You may be curious about me in terms of dance career.  I started at the Kennelly School or Irish dance in San Francisco at the ripe, old age of 13.  (Fun fact: I know Ms. Kristin in first grade through Irish dance as I danced with her niece!)  Irish dance really is my first love, and I worked hard and was lucky enough to achieve top 5 at the World Championships, and won the North American Championships three times.  I’ve performed with many different musicians, including The Chieftains and Boston Pops, but my favorite place to be is in the studio sharing my love and the traditions of Irish dance and music with my students.  I teach with the Harney Pender Keady Academy (www.hpkacademy.com) in Stamford, CT, and Walpole, MA. HPK Academy is lucky to have World, North American, All Ireland, All Scotland champions of our own in both solos and céilí.

 

I feel truly lucky to be able to have this opportunity to work with your children.  Dancing so much more than just movement; it’s confidence building, teaches us how to work and communicate with others, creates mental and physical stamina, amongst so many other benefits.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions regarding the program.  It will be a pleasure to get to know your children and see them work and grow over the coming months as dancers.

 

Wishing you all the best,

 

Sean Collins

scollins@lowerlab.org