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 for 2014


11:00 Dunsmuir Scottish
11:30 Truckee River Dance
12:00-1:00 Opening Ceremonies and Parade – All Dance Groups in Parade!
1:00 Silver State Scottish
1:30 Blanchette Irish
2:00 Silver Strings
2:30 Dunsmuir Scottish
3:00 Truckee River Dance
3:30 Silver State Scottish
4:00 Blanchette Irish


10:00 Kirkin
11:00 Dunsmuir Scottish
11:30 Blanchette Irish
12:00 Silver State Scottish
12:30 Silver Strings
1:00 Truckee River Dance                                                                                                
1:30 Dunsmuir Scottish
2:00 Blanchette Irish
2:30 Silver State Scottish
3:00 Silver Strings
3:30 Truckee River Dance
4:15 Closing Ceremonies

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

Participating groups are as follows:
Blanchette School of Irish Dance: Miriam Blanchette, of Irish and English descent, began traditional Irish step dance lessons at age five, and continued in soft and hard shoe competitions for many years in San Francisco. She has been teaching traditional Irish dancing in Carson City since 1999. Dancers at the Blanchette School range in age from five to adult. The dancers truly enjoy any performances whether public or private. The Blanchette School of Irish Dance has grown to over 50 students.

Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers are dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and form of Scottish dances, old and new. Their repertoire spans four centuries of dance tradition. Period costumes and musical stylings bring the past to the present. They offer a wide variety of Scottish dancing. You will enjoy lively country dance reels, as well as elegant strathspeys. They perform works from the 18th Century, as well as dances created by contemporary devisers, accompanied by a small band of musicians.

Silver State Scottish Country Dancers 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.

The Sierra Silverstrings are 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

The Truckee River Dance Company 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.