Welcome to O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance. We are a family-run, student-oriented school for dancers of all ages and abilities. Established in Ireland in 1954 and in Boston in the 1960s, we are proud to be one of the longest-running Irish dance companies in the United States.

We have classes for boys and girls age four and up, beginner to championship level, and we also offer ceili and step dancing classes for adults. Our six professional teachers are certified with An Coimisiun in Dublin, Ireland, and have years of experience creating a fun and disciplined learning environment that encourages each dancer to develop his or her skills through hard work and respect.

Our mission is not only to share our love of Irish dance, culture, and heritage, but to foster self esteem, a healthy mind and body, teamwork, confidence, and coordination in our dancers.

In addition to teaching classes, we help each dancer find ways to perform at his or her comfort level in individual and team competitions, performances, non-competitive events, and summer camps.

what they say

"O'Shea Chaplin is an outstanding dance school. I have been dancing for 5 years under Rita's guidance, I have been able to exceed all my own personal goals for dance."

Jill Martyn


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Dance News

Congratulations Congratulations to all of dancers that went to nationals, we are so proud of all of you!

We had 22 recalls, 6 in the top 10, and 9 world qualifiers!!! All 6 of our teams placed, 4 of them in the top 5 , and our senior mixed ceili won the national title!!! Way to go!

Fall classes Fall classes start back September 3 thru 9

costume fittings Costume fittings will be held September 14, 12 to 2p, in allston brighton

Mary Devlin Mary Devlin will be coming to Allston Brighton October 5, 11am to 1p, to sell shoes/socks/cd's. we will also have 2nd hand costumes to buy/sell, a wig/makeup class, and a fundraising meeting that day.

Family Ceili Family Ceili , October 6, 1-5p, at the Claddagh, Canal St. , Lawrence. Bring your dancing shoes!

Fall Clinic Fall Clinic for adv. beginners/novice/prizewinners Oct 20, 12 to 3p, in Watertown