Dancers and Dance Stage

Dancing is such a vital part of Celtic heritage, the Reno Celtic Celebration devotes an entire stage to the display and exhibition of this graceful and controlled testament of the vivaciousness of Celtic Heritage.

Dancing ranges from the country dances that grew out of the popular barn and court dances in Ireland, Wales and Scotland to the more athletic competitive dancing of Irish step dancing and Highland dance.

The Reno Celtic Celebration showcases these skills in dancers of all ages and abilities on our dance stage both Saturday and Sunday.

Schedule Updated for 2016!


10:00 Jessica Nakanishi – Youth Harpist                                                                           10:30 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers with Cullen Mitchell                                   11:15 Blanchette School of Irish Dance
12:00-1:00 Opening Ceremonies and Parade – All Dance Groups in Parade!
1:00 Sierra Silver Strings
1:45 Truckee Riverdance Company
2:15 Jessica Nakanishi – Youth Harpist
2:45 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers with Cullen Mitchell
3:30 Blanchette School of Irish Dance
4:00 Closing Ceremony


10:00 Memorial
10:30 Jessica Nakanishi – Youth Harpist
11:00 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers with Cullen Mitchell
11:45 Blanchette School of Irish Dance
12:15 Sierra Silver Strings
12:45 Truckee Riverdance Company
1:15 Jessica Nakanishi – Youth Harpist
1:45 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers with Audience Participation!
2:30 Blanchette School of Irish Dance
3:15 Sierra Silver Strings                                                                                                   4:15 Closing Ceremonies

*check final schedule for any changes at the Dance Stage Schedule*

Participating dance groups are as follows:

Blanchette School of Irish Dance:


Blanchette School of Irish Dance: Miriam Blanchette began traditional Irish step dance lessons at age five, and competed at local, Regional, National and World levels in both solo and ceili competitions.  She has been teaching traditional and current Irish dancing styles and choreography in Northern Nevada since 1998, and is the only certified instructor in Northern Nevada.  Dancers range in age from five to adult, and truly enjoy performing. We offer many opportunities to perform locally. Please call 775-781-2373 for more info.

Northern Nevada Scottish Highland Dance:



Cullen Mitchell began dancing and competing in Scottish Highland at the age of 11 in Santa Rosa, California. After competing on a professional level and performing in and across California, Nevada and Washington in Scottish Highland, Scottish step dance, Cape Breton and Ottawa Valley hard shoe, she started her teaching career at the age of 19 in 2000. She is excited to be teaching in Reno. Highland dance is great fun and exercise for ages 5 and up.

Silver State Scottish Country Dancers


They are affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in Edinburgh. That’s official but less exciting and important than the fact that they really enjoy dancing. The group was started in Reno by Martha Norrie, a fine Scottish lady, and has grown in number of dancers and classes. They now have classes on Thursdays and Fridays and are always looking for new members. Ask a member for details or call Marian at 825-1224 or Dave at 825-6867 or Crystal Goodwin at 775-240-2945. Visit their website at

Truckee River Dance Company
A is a local Irish group formed in 2012. With exciting, innovative, eye catching choreography, their modern twist on traditional Irish dance makes them unique to our region.  They look to perform locally and spread the Irish culture. For more information contact them by e-mailing or calling (775) 560-1974.
Young Musicians

The Sierra Silverstrings


A Reno kids’ fiddle band who play, sing, and dance to Celtic and Americana music. The energetic youth band has performed 250 times in 2 years; notably at Good Old Days Music festival in Pacific Grove, Calaveras County Fair in Angel’s Camp, the Western Heritage Festival in Sparks, Tri-County Fair in Bishop, Ukiah Pumpkinfest and the 2013 Reno Celtic Celebration. Recent musical additions include a guitar, cello, mandolin. Many thanks go to the Sons and Daughters of Erin & Northern NV for their inspiration and support! You can view pictures and music videos on Facebook or at

Jessica Nakanishi


She began playing the harp at the age of seven. She now plays in the Susanville Youth Orchestra, has participated in The Harp Plus Concerts, and has performed in the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.  She also regularly contributes in the worship services of several area churches.  Inspired by her cherished teacher, Marina Roznitovsky, Jessica now plays the lever harp and pedal harp.  In addition, she plays the violin, guitar, and piano, and performs ballet annually in “The Nutcracker.”  She plays soccer and basketball, and has earned her black belt in Taekwondo. Jessica lives with her family, three dogs, five cats, a hamster and a guinea pig in Susanville, CA.

*Check final schedule for any changes at the Dance Stage Schedule*