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Céad míle fáilte!
Welcome to the O'Neill James School of Irish Dance! We are a family-run, student-oriented school for dancers of all ages and abilities. Established in Washington DC in 1969, ONJ is proud to be the longest-running Irish dance school in the Nation's Capital and one of the oldest in the United States.
My mission is not only to share my love of Irish dance, culture, and heritage, but to foster in each dancer a strong sense of self esteem, confidence, teamwork, and a healthy mind and body .
I have classes for boys and girls age four and up, beginner to championship level, and I also offer Ceili and step dancing classes for adults. I provide a fun and disciplined learning environment that encourages each dancer to develop his or her skills through hard work and respect.
At ONJ there is no pressure to dance competitively. I believe in helping each dancer find what is comfortable for them. There are many ways to enjoy Irish dance at a level that is comfortable for each student, be it individual and team competitions, performances, non-competitive events, summer camps or just weekly class. To love to dance is most important.
Dance for the love of the Dance!
Laureen O'Neill James
Irish Cultural Hall of Fame
An interview with Mrs James and several dances by ONJ dancers!
Note: ONJ will be open for classes, Monday January 18th, MLK Day
Delighted to inform you that the O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing will re-open with during the week in person classes and Saturday Zoom classes. School starts on Monday, September 14th, 2020. ALL lessons will take place at the:
Knights of Columbus,
5115, Little Falls Road,
Arlington, VA., 22207.
Click here to go to the class schedule
2018 - Best in Parade! Washington DC Parade
2017 - Francis J. Tiernan Marshal's Award - Washington DC Parade
2016 - Best Dance Group Washington DC Parade
Best in Show
Best Dance School
Peoples Choice Award
2013 Best of Arlington Award Dance School
O'Neill James Dancers showing the crowd how its done
at Shamrock Fest 2015!