"I danced with Glencastle because it felt like one big family. With them I learned the value of being respectful to my fellow classmates and competitors, that results only come with hard work and determination, and the importance of supporting one another as we worked to achieve our goals."
Becky Reese, Former Dancer
At Glencastle, we strive to give each dancer that enters into our studio the chance to have the Irish dance experience that he or she desires. Students are given the opportunity to compete at local, regional, national, and world competitions both individually and on teams. Students can also choose to perform at events throughout the year to share their talents with the community. Regardless of the direction you choose, the ultimate goal of Glencastle is to provide a learning atmosphere that is both healthy and fun and allows each student to strive to be the best they can be.
"Glencastle was nothing short of a dream come true for me. Ever since I could walk, I dreamed of performing onstage and becoming an Irish dancer. Glencastle helped me achieve that dream and supported me every step of the way. I made friendships and memories to last a lifetime. I learned the value of teamwork and a positive attitude. I learned to compete respectfully and value the merit of sportsmanship and good fun. Bridget and the instructors were incredibly supportive and caring of all of their students, and they continue to be so to this day. I've seen students transform from shy, quiet kids to confident, poised, and ambitious young adults through their Glencastle experiences. Glencastle has taught us all an appreciation for Irish culture, for dance, and for each other. Glencastle has been nothing short of a family for me, even though I've been seven years retired from dancing. The spirit of our friendship and familial bonds lives on. I give my sincerest thanks to all involved in my wonderful experience and I am excited for new and continuing students to be changed for the better by Glencastle, just as I was."
Lauren Tank, Former Dancer
Glencastle Irish Dancers, Inc. opened its doors in Milwaukee on February 23, 2000. Our children's classes began at the College Park School in Greendale, Wisconsin and our adult classes began at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center in Milwaukee, WI. In September of 2000 we added Mount Mary College in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to our locations. Our school opened with 26 students and has grown to over 150 students. In October of 2006, we moved into our own studio space in West Allis, Wisconsin.
After 11 years in our current space, we are thrilled to be moving to a new location in Franklin in the summer of 2017. Stay tuned for details regarding our new home!