Mary Morran and NISD

on 30 years of teaching Irish Step Dancing

1990 - 2020

Welcome To The Nashville Irish Step Dancers

Better Known and Referred To As "NISD"


The Nashville Irish Step Dancers is the longest Irish established dance school in Nashville, TN and welcomes dancers of all ages at any level of experience 


30 Years

1990- 2020

Register Now for Our Spring Irish Step Dancing Classes

At The Best Irish Step Dancing School In Tennessee

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Call Mary Moran at 615.578.7368 or email her at

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Emily Suzanne Foundren Memorial Foundation

Emily Suzanne Fondren died on March 11, 2014 from complications resulting from an operation for a brain tumor.  Emily's friends and friends of the family have asked "What can I do...?"  As a result of the complications leading to Emily's death, it is anticipated that expenses incurred will continue to rise.  A memorial fund has been established to offset these expenses that may not be covered by insurance.


It is a requirement of this website that a goal be chosen.  Since the billing for all of the expense has yet to be received, it is unclear what the total will be.  All proceeds received exceeding actual expenses will be used to establish "The Emily Fondren Memorial Endowment".


Emily's passion was teaching, performing, and competing locally, nationally, and internationally as an Irish Step Dancer (made so popular by River Dance).  Over the years, Emily saw financial hardships for some of her students and fellow competitors as they struggled to pay for travel near and far to competitions and performances.  The Emily Fondren Endowment Fund will be used to aid dancers and families of the Nashville Irish Step Dancer who have a special financial need for travel to competitions and performances.

The Nashville Irish Step Dancers

The Nashville Irish Step Dancers (NISD) is a dance school that has become a beacon for the Irish community in Nashville. NISD has cultivated the centuries-old passed down traditional Irish dance steps and has bridged the gap between today's progressive dance, by creating new innovative steps of their own. The dancers have fostered a deeper appreciation of Irish heritage through their many performances at area schools, nursing homes, churches and festivals. NISD provides a family environment in which students learn not only how to dance, but develop poise, grace, self-confidence and friendships with dancers of all ages. NISD will continue to “carry the Celtic torch” and preserve its Irish heritage and tradition in Nashville's multi-cultural society.


We are a “full-service” Irish dance school, offering the many aspects of Irish dance including all levels of competition, solo and team dancing, performances, learning the tradition of the Irish culture and having a great time. Our staff firmly believes that our families are the top priority. You choose the level of involvement that's right for you. Some students may want to simply learn a few traditional tunes or jig steps. Others may look forward to the thrill of stepping out on stage; be it a parish party or a sold-out theater. Still others may have aspirations of reaching championship level competition. Any and all are possible with the Nashville Irish Step Dancers. Regardless of the direction you choose, the ultimate goal is to provide the best instruction possible. We strive to instill a sense of belonging, direction, spirit, confidence and self-motivation in each and every child that enters our classroom.


If you would like to find our more about NISD please review our options below.


  1. Click here for our online registration form

  2. Click here to download our registration form in pdf format

  3. Come visit our facility during business hours and complete a form

  4. Call Mary Moran during business hours at (615) 578-7368 or email her at

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