Murray School of Irish Dancing
503-239-3756
email: soidancing at qwestoffice dot net

  

Murray

School 

Of 

Irish 

Dancing  

Portland, 

Oregon 

USA  


 

 

 

About Us

Murray School Mission Statement

The Murray School of Irish Dancing offers classes for students of all ages and levels wishing to learn Irish Dancing and wanting to become outstanding Irish dancers. At the Murray school we believe in supporting students through enhancing their self esteem and confidence. We also encourage our students to work hard and strive for excellence. Through our classes students develop skills that will last a lifetime. Whether dancers want to compete, perform, or just dance for fun, we appreciate all of our students and want them to grow to love Irish Dancing and Music as much as we do. We endeavor to create a safe learning environment for all students through responsibly and mutual respect towards all teachers, other students and parents in The Murray School and dance community as a whole. We welcome students of all levels of dance experience and from all cultural backgrounds to learn about Irish Dance, Music and culture and to be part of the Murray team.

 

Geraldine With Murray Senior Ladies Dancer Alex Hailey
Geraldine With 22nd Place Winner And Nationals Qualifier Caitlin & 4th Place Winner and World/Nationals Qualifier Jaiden At The Western US Regional Championships 2016
About Our Director

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Geraldine Murray, TCRG, is an accomplished and well-known Portland Irish musician and dance teacher. She has been involved in Irish dance and music for over 40 years and is certified by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (The Irish Dance Commission) in Dublin, Ireland, since 1995.  She’s a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America and the Western US Region of Irish Step Dance Teachers where she served on the board of directors as the Western US Regional Secretary for over 7 years. She currently serves as the Western US Regional Rep for the North American Feis Commission and is also a former member of the Portland Ceili Society board of directors.

Geraldine’s mother and paternal grandmother emigrated from County Donegal, Ireland.  Similarly, she was fortunate enough to spend some time living in Ireland. Her Pittsburgh-area family is known for its dedication to keeping alive the traditions of Irish dance, music and culture. Since moving to Portland over 30 years ago, Geraldine has continued that dedication to fostering Irish music, dance and culture in Oregon and southwest Washington, Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.

Geraldine studied Irish dancing as a child with The Burke School  at The Irish Centre Pittsburgh under the direction of Theresa Burke TCRG, ADCRG. She competed all over the East Coast of the US and Canada and assisted with The Burke School classes in Pittsburgh. She has also studied many other forms of dance including Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Dunham, African and Cuban Dance and holds a BA in Honors Philosophy from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Geraldine studied tin whistle under Irish Tin Whistle Master, L.E. McCullough, Ph.D. and performs regularly at local Irish establishments and festivals in the Pacific Northwest and her native Pittsburgh, PA.