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Three dancers from Rince Nua compete as soloists at the 2017 CRN World Open Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney, Ireland

Three dancers from Rince Nua compete as soloists at the 2017 CRN World Open Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney, Ireland from June 22 through June 25.

Rince Nua soloists included: Genevieve Simpson,12, of Wayzata who was awarded 17th place in the Under 13 age category; Elizabeth Simpson, 15, of Wayzata; and Irelandrose Langer, 17, of Saint Michael who placed 11th in the Under 17 age category.

During the competition, the dancers each danced three solo dances, with their combined score determining their overall placement for their age group.

This was the second consecutive World Championships for Genevieve and Elizabeth who both placed 10th in their age groups in 2016, and the fourth consecutive World Championships for Irelandrose who tied for 10th in 2014 and placed 10th in 2016.

Local Brownie Troops take Field Trip to Rince Nua

On Saturday May 13th, Girl Scouts 1st year Brownie Troops from Maple Grove participated in an Irish Dancing Field Trip at Rince Nua which helped them to earn their Girl Scouts Brownie Dancer Badges.

The one-hour field trip class was taught by Rince Nua Owner and Director, Erin Cooney, and organized by the the Troops’ leaders.

Participants learned about standing with poise and confidence, as well as the basic foot positioning and technique for Irish dance. They also learned to dance with a partner as part of a “two-hand” dance, as well as how to dance the “thread the needle” as a team, and how to finish an Irish dance routine with a controlled bow.  The highlight for the girls was watching some of the advanced Rince Nua dancers perform for them toward the end of their class.

Rince Nua is available to host additional local Brownie Troops. If you are a Troop leader who is interested in a booking a Field Trip to Rince Nua, you can contact Erin at Rince Nua by calling 763-390-4989.

Community Events: May 2017

Upcoming Community Events: May 2017


Parents’ Night Out –  Drop off your child (ages 4-10) at Rince Nua on Friday, May 12 from 6:00-9:00pm, and they will enjoy Bingo, dance, music, crafts, movie time, and more in a fun and positive atmosphere with other children. Cost is $15 for the first child, and $10 for any additional children.

All money received from this community event will go toward the travel and competition expenses for our five dancers who are competing in Ireland this spring! CLICK HERE to sign up!


Spaghetti Dinner – Five Rince Nua dancers are competing in Ireland this spring at the Irish Open Championships and World Irish Dance Championships. 

The dancers will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on May 20th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lookout Bar & Grill, where they will entertain guest with their world-class Irish step dancing in full Irish dance costuming! Funds received from the event will go towards their competition and travel expenses. 

Come for the spaghetti dinner, and stay for the world-class Irish step dancing! CLICK HERE to purchase your dinner tickets!

Five Irish Dancers from Rince Nua competing in Ireland this Spring

2017 Irish Open & World Qualifiers to host Spaghetti Dinner with Irish Step Dancing

Rince Nua Dancers: Ruby, Kori, Genevieve, Irelandrose, and Libby, will be competing in Ireland this spring at the Irish Open Championships in Dublin and the World Irish Dance Championships in Killarney.

The dancers are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 11:00am-2:00pm on May 20th at the Lookout Bar & Grill in Maple Grove.  During the dinner, the dancers will entertain guests by performing their world-class competition steps.

Donations received will help to cover a portion of the dancers’ travel expenses and competition fees.

Tickets Available HERE

Rince Nua dancers receive awards in both solo and team competitions at the North American Irish Dance Championships in Orlando

Team Rince Nua captured second place in the Under 15 Freestyle Championship at the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships held Feb 18-20 in Orlando, Florida, qualifying them for the World Irish Dance Championships in Killarney, Ireland in June 2017.

Rince Nua also achieved fourth place in the U16 Ceili Championship, where they danced a traditional eight-hand dance called “High-Cauled Cap”

Two Rince Nua dancers, Emaliah Danner and Sophia Novitskiy, competed in their first-ever CRN Nationals.

All fifteen Rince Nua dancers in attendance took home medals in either their solo dance competitions, award competitions, or solo championship.

Rince Nua dancers who placed in Solo Championships were:


  • Lola Pankake – Under 11, 5th place
  • Genevieve Simpson – Under 13, 4th place
  • Ayva Pankake – Under 13, 13th place
  • Elizabeth Simpson – Under 15, 9th place
  • Irelandrose Langer – Under 17, 7th place


Full results are posted to the CRN-USA website at

Rince Nua dancers to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships

Rince Nua sending sixteen soloists and two teams to the North American Irish Dance Championships in Orlando, Florida next weekend.

The 2017 CRN North American Irish Dance Championships is being held in Orlando, FL next weekend. This three-day competition from February 18-20 is one of the three major events hosted by CRN (Cumann Rince Naisiunta). Other major events for CRN this year are the Irish Open Championships (April 28th – May 1st) in Dublin, Ireland and the World Irish Dance Championships (June 22nd-25th) in Killarney, Ireland.

Dancers who placed in the top third at Regionals, held in West Virginia last October, have qualified to compete in the Award Competition next weekend. The top dancers in each Award competition (Bun Grad, Ullmhuchan, and Mean Grad) will advance to the next grade, and the winners of the Ard Grad Award will become New Champions. Winners of the Solo Championship competition will receive the title of North American Champion. Team competitions at the event include Figure, Ceili, Dance Drama and Freestyle.

This years event has dancers registered from 26 different Irish dance schools from around the globe:
  • 15 schools from Ireland
  • 9 schools from the USA
  • 1 school from Canada
  • 1 school from the Netherlands

Rince Nua’s 2017 Competitor’s list includes:

  • Emaliah Danner – Bun Grad/Ullmhuchan
  • Sophia Novitskiy – Ullmhuchan/Mean Grad
  • Sidney Borland – Ullmhuchan/Mean Grad/Ard Grad
  • Ruby Miller – Ullmhuchan/Mean Grad/Ard Grad
  • Kori McKibben – Mean Grad
  • Grace Scott – Mean Grad/Ard Grad
  • Annie Libbey – Mean Grad/Ard Grad
  • Taylor Johnsrud – Mean Grad/Ard Grad *Ceili Team
  • Megan Smith – Mean Grad/Ard Grad/Solo Championship *Ceili Team
  • Lindsey Pavlish – Mean Grad/Ard Grad/Solo Championship *Ceili Team
  • Nicole Sinnen – Ard Grad/Solo Championship *Ceili Team
  • Ayva Pankake – Ard Grad/Solo Championship *Ceili Team **Freestyle Team
  • Lola Pankake – Ard Grad/Solo Championship *Ceili Team **Freestyle Team
  • Genevieve Simpson – Ard Grad/Solo Championship *Ceili Team **Freestyle Team
  • Elizabeth Simpson – Craobh Grad/Solo Championship *Ceili Team **Freestyle Team
  • Irelandrose Langer – Craobh Grad/Solo Championship **Freestyle Team

We will post dancer photos and results from the event directly to our instagram and facebook pages.  Follow us to stay informed!

Rince Nua entertains audiences at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Rince Nua performed a total of eight shows on the Pavillion Stage at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival during the “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” themed weekend, held September 24-25, 2016. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is held in Shakopee, Minnesota, and it is the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 300,000. This is Rince Nua’s first year entertaining audiences at this event.

Rince Nua performs at the Irish Fair of Minnesota

Rince Nua performed twice in the Dance Tent at the Irish Fair of Minnesota on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Over eighty Rince Nua dancers participated, ranging in age from three through adult. The Irish Fair of Minnesota is the Nations largest free Irish fair and is held on Harriet Island in Saint Paul. This is Rince Nua’s fourth year entertaining audiences at this event.

Beginner Irish Dance skills class starts August 23rd

Beginner Irish Dance Skills

6 week session

For new and continuing students at the beginner level.


Class Details:

Ages: 7-10

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 6:00-6:30pm

Dates: August 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27

Session Tuition: $90

– All registered dancers receive a complimentary pair of Irish dance “bubble” socks 

– New students receive 50% off a pair of Irish dance shoes, called “ghillies” 

– No performances or costumes required for the 6 week session.


Class Location:

Rince Nua Irish Dance Studio

10701 93rd Ave N, Suite E

Maple Grove MN 55369


Register Here