The Callanish School of Celtic Arts, now based in Manchester, Connecticut, provides the opportunity to learn the dances, songs, music and Gaelic language of Scotland and Cape Breton.

We offer lessons in Scottish Highland Dance for all ages, from beginning to advanced level, in a non-competitive atmosphere, though training for competition can be arranged for students who choose to compete.

Teens and adults can take lessons in Scottish Gaelic language, Gaelic song, bagpiping, and Cape Breton Step Dance.

Summer 2012 schedule

Private lessons only, for existing students and Groupon holders, are offered Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Please contact the Director of the School, Maggie Carchrie, to arrange lessons.

Autumn 2012 schedule

The Autumn schedule will begin on September 11, 2012. Private and semi-private (two people together) lessons are to be arranged with the Director.

Weekly classes will be held on Tuesdays according to the following schedule:

Time Class For ages
4:15–5:00 pm Highland Dance 1 5–6
5:00–5:45 pm Celtic Creative Movement (pre-Highland) 3–4
6:00–7:00 pm Highland Dance 2 7 and up
7:00–8:00 pm Teen/Adult Highland Dance Teen to adult

Callanish School Performance and Event Schedule

Date Event Location
July 21, 2012 Glasgow Lands Scotish Festival Look Park, Northampton, MA
July 28, 2012 98th Birthday Bushnell Park Carousel Hartford, CT
August 3, 2012 Performers Showcase Groton, CT Senior Center
August 19, 2012 Callanish School Open House Manchester, CT
August 25, 2012 Quechee Scottish Festival Quechee, VT