Trinity Irish Dancers

March 16, 2012 5:14:46 AM PDT
Eleanor "Ellie" Arnold, a 10-year-old Trinity Irish Dancer, visits ABC7 Chicago to talk about the group's 30th anniversary and free dance classes around St. Patrick's Day.


Background (RELEASE):

Since its inception 30 years ago, the Trinity Irish Dancers has grown from a dozen students practicing in a church basement to the largest and most recognized Irish dance school in the world. Trinity has earned 11 team gold medals and 33 titles at the World Irish Dance Championships in the school's history, an unprecedented achievement. They have appeared in numerous Hollywood films and on national television programs including The Tonight Show, Oprah, So You Think You Can Dance, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Martha Stewart Show to name a few. Trinity has also won several Emmy Awards for multiple appearances on PBS.

Trinity's Philosophy:
Despite their legendary success and innovation on the competitive and performing arts stage, Trinity's most notable achievement is the consistent realization of their mission to elevate children, the community and the world through the power and grace of Irish Dance. The Trinity program is held together by its powerful philosophy of empowerment that teaches students life lessons both on and off the dance floor. While Trinity students have proven their talent on the stage, it's the personal strength and self-esteem gained from dance that will help them achieve a lifetime of success. In Trinity's unique program, instructors focus on the importance of having fun while developing self-respect and confidence. There are so many amazing stories of children mentoring, supporting and sacrificing for other children because of their experiences with Trinity.

About Founder Mark Howard:
Mark Howard is symbolic of Irish Dancing. The founder started the Trinity Irish Dancers in a church basement when he was 19. Howard's undying energy and unique vision have significantly changed the direction and scope of Irish dance, re-introducing the form as the phenomenon that it is today. The Emmy Award-winning choreographer has been striving for and achieving that which is profoundly significant and equally difficult to attain-the transcendence of craft to art and the synthesis of forms to create something that is forward-looking and new. By using Irish dance as both an instrument and metaphor, he has been crossing dance and cultural boundaries in unprecedented ways. His work maintains integrity while simultaneously going beyond the framework of ethnicity to carve new traditions.

Taste of Trinity-Try Irish Dancing for FREE!
To celebrate its 30th Anniversary this St. Patrick's Day, Trinity Irish Dancers are giving away 30 FREE Dance classes (throughout Illinois & Wisconsin)! Trinity Irish Dancers invites children to sample an Irish dance class at one of our many locations. Dancers will be with our award-winning teaching staff for an hour-long introductory class to learn what Irish dancing at Trinity is all about! Trinity parents and teachers will be on hand during the classes to answer questions about the program.

Trinity invites boys and girls ages 3 and a half to 12 years old to discover the basics of Irish dance, learning a few skills and steps set to Irish music-for FREE. No previous dance experience is necessary.

For more information or to register for a FREE class in your area, go to and click on "Taste of Trinity"; call Toll Free: 877-326-2328; email:

Remaining Local FREE Classes:

Sunday, March 18:
Downers Grove
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Academy of Dance Arts
1524 Centre Circle Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Trinity Studios
747 N. Church Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Ukrainian Youth Center
136 E Illinois Street, Palatine, IL 60067

Chicago-Lakeview Neighborhood
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N Southport Avenue, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60657

Where you can see Trinity Perform during St. Patrick's Day Weekend:
March 17, 12 p.m., Downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17, 11 a.m., Tommy Nevin's, Evanston
March 17, 11:15 a.m., The Kerry Piper, Willowbrook
March 17, 2-4 p.m., Navy Pier Family Pavilion, Chicago
March 17, 2:30 p.m., Tommy Nevin's, Naperville
March 17, 3:30 p.m., Drake Hotel, Palm Court, Chicago
March 17, 4:30 p.m., The Irish Legend, Willow Springs
March 17, 5 p.m., Irish American Heritage Center St. Pat's Party, Chicago
March 17, 6 p.m., Bourbon Street, Merrionette Park
March 17, 6 p.m., Wild Goose Bar & Grill, Chicago
March 17, 6:30 p.m., Chief O'Neill's, Chicago
March 17, Chicago Bulls Game, United Center
March 17, 7:30 p.m., John Barleycorn, Schaumburg
March 17, 9 p.m., Chief O'Neill's, Chicago
March 18, 4:30 p.m., The Irish Legend, Willow Springs
March 18, 7 p.m., Chief O'Neill's, Chicago