The Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance (SAID) was started by Moira Speer-Warren in 2008 and is now one of New England’s top Irish step dancing schools. We offer classes along the shoreline – from Westport, Connecticut to Westerly, Rhode Island – for Beginner through Champion dancers ages three and up. The word Sheeaun (pronounced she-on), means ‘a fairy hill’ in Gaelic. Sheeaun is a mountain in County Leitrim, Ireland, where her ancestors are from.
The Sheeaun Academy’s mission is to share our experience and love of Irish Step Dancing with children and adults of every age and level. Whether a dancer chooses to compete, or simply dance for fun, we believe in a supportive and positive atmosphere where they will feel encouraged and confident. If a dancer chooses to compete at SAID, we will provide everything they need to be successful at every level based on our experience, commitment, and dedication, and we expect the same commitment and dedication in return. We are devoted to promoting our Irish culture and instilling the love of dance in our students the way it was instilled in us as children. We want our students to learn strength, discipline, stamina, and confidence through competing and performing, and most importantly, we want them to love dance and have fun!
SAID is proud to have four wonderful TCRGs, all former champion Irish dancers. Since opening in 2008 we have grown to over 100 students and it has been more rewarding than any of us could’ve imagined. We are extremely proud of our dancer’s many team and solo accomplishments on a regional and national level, as well as their outstanding live performances and television appearances. Of all the awards and achievements over the years, the thing that we are most proud of is watching our SAID family continue to grow. The camaraderie, sportsmanship, team spirit, and love that our students and families demonstrate fill us with immeasurable pride and joy, and the friendships that they continue to form with each other will no doubt last a lifetime…just like their teachers!