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Mary Moran 30 years of Irish step dancing teaching

Mary Morran and NISD

on 33 years of teaching Irish Step Dancing

1990 - 2023

Welcome To The Nashville Irish Step Dancers

Better Known and Referred To As "NISD"


Nashville Irish Step Dancers - 30 years of experience


33 Years

1990- 2023

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 

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Nashville TN Irish Step Dancers
Now Accepting Students for Fall 2023

If you or your child is interested in learning Irish Step Dancing

Please Mary Moran during business hours at (615) 578.7368 or email her at

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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In Memoriam
Emily Suzanne Foundren 

Emily Suzanne Fondren died on March 11, 2014 from complications resulting from an operation for a brain tumor. 


Emily's passion was teaching, performing, and competing locally, nationally, and internationally as an Irish Step Dancer (made so popular by River Dance).  Emily will always have a special place in our heart at Nashville Irish Step Dancers. 

Emily Suzanne Fondren
Emily Suzanne Fondren
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