The Nashville Irish Step Dancers (NISD),
headed by Mary Moran, TCRG, (Certified Irish Step Dance
Teacher) was founded in 1990. NISD was the
first school in Middle Tennessee to win awards at both
Regional and North American Championships.
In the following years NISD has had
continued success in these Championships. At the 2008
Southern Regional's NISD won an impressive
17 Top Awards in both Individual and team competition with
11 National Qualifiers and 4 World Qualifiers. In addition
to our success at the 2008 North American National
Championships we have firmly established NISD
as a driving force in the Southern Region.
NISD performs regularly in
Middle Tennessee in venues ranging from International
Festivals to TV Broadcasts. Our performance troupe has
performed at the famous Ryman
Auditorium and become a tradition at the
The Grand Ole Opry (going on 10 years). NISD
has had the honor to perform with the
Nashville Symphony Orchestra , Irish fiddle
extraordinaire Eileen Ivers and Irish legends and
multi-Grammy winners The Chieftains . Our school
was privileged to be featured guest on the Chieftains
final original cast performance at the Historic Ryman
Auditorium. This performance was released on DVD “ Down
The Old Plank Road ”, included on this show were
country greats Ricky Skaggs, Martina McBride & Allison
Krauss to name a few. NISD and Mary Moran
have been featured in various print publications including
Irish Dancer Magazine and the U.K. Irish Dancing Magazine.
NISD is proud to be the
longest established Irish Dance School in Nashville and
active members in our community, each year performing ,
Celtic Rhythms On Fire , an energetic fusion of
live Irish dance, music, and song, that has sold-out
“ Celtic Rhythms On Fire is a
celebration of the rich and vibrant artistry of Irish dance
and music, and, in a larger sense, the fiery spirit of the
Irish culture and heritage,” Moran explains.
“The show features not only the more
traditional elements – such as the jig, reel and hornpipe,
but also explores more progressive styles of Irish dance and
music. The collaboration between the dancers,
musicians and singers really results in a spirited lively
interchange,” Moran says. “And, of course, the
audience is a big part of that – we have something for
everyone and all age groups. We have our own
interpretations of ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe', ‘Riverdance', ‘Lord of
the Dance', ‘Gettin' Jiggy With It', and the new kids/teens
hit, ‘Nobody's Perfect', our Hannah Montana number.
The popularity of Irish dance has exploded in
recent years, with growing numbers of dancers and fans the
world over who love the art and sport of the dance.
We welcome dancers in all levels of dance
experience ranging in age from toddler to adult, with
aspiration ranging from recreation to World Championships.
If you love to dance and would like more
information on how to join our NISD family,
visit our contact page!