Welcome Milwaukee Academy of Irish Dance
and Milwaukee Irish Dance Company
Owner and Artistic Director Elyse Transon recently opened an Irish dance studio in Shorewood at 3555 N. Oakland. She started dancing with Cashel Dennehy in Milwaukee at the age of 5 and professionally as an adult, performing in various companies (Gaelforce Dance, Women of Ireland, Disney’s Raglan Road, The American Company of Irish Dance, to name a few) and in multiple countries. She’s done it all, as principal dancer, choreographer, and tour manager.
In addition to performing, she has over 15 years of teaching experience. In 2014, she received her Irish dance teacher certification and founded the Milwaukee Irish Dance Company (MIDC), which is the next chapter for adult Irish dancers from the Milwaukee area. Anyone over 18 with Irish Dance experience is welcome to join and MIDC is now home to over 30 adult dancers. “MIDC has always pushed the boundaries of traditional Irish dance and incorporates fusion numbers. For that reason we’ve performed in some really cool non traditional space ” said Transon. Although the Academy will have a more of a traditional take, it will still have her unique stamp on it. “My goal is still the same: to give dancers as many unique opportunities as possible and bring up a new generation of Irish dancers who keep pushing this dance genre forward into new spaces while still holding onto its traditional roots.”
Milwaukee Academy of Irish Dance