Spring North Irish Dance Workshop 2019

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We are so excited for our 3rd annual Spring North ID Workshop featuring 2 professional performers: Mitchell DeSimone and Samantha Merrit. Register early before April 18th, however registration will remain open until May 2nd with an additional fee. 17 hours of classes, great food, beautiful setting and exceptional lodging. This will be an intensive you don’t want to miss. It will feis prep you and get you to be a greater performer at this very low price!

Timber Wolf Camp is located in Lake City, Michigan, which is outside of Cadillac. Classes, lodging and meals all in the same place!

Summer 2018 Class/Camp Schedule

Summer classes offered weekly in Cadillac at 601 Chestnut Studio:

Tuesdays starting June 12th:

5:30 Beginner

6:30 Advanced Beginner


5:00 Intermediate

6:00 Drill

Cadillac Camp:  Mon-Fri 1-4PM July 23rd

McBain Camp Mon-Fri 9-12PM July 30th

Manton Camp Mon-Fri 1-4 July 30th

Register by calling 231-920-9976

or emailing/messaging from this site.

Spring into New Irish Classes

A new beginner class starts on 4/9/18 at 6:15 at our new location:  601 Chestnut Street in Cadillac.  This class is for 6 year olds and up.  A Pre-School class (3-5 year olds) will start on Tuesday 4/17/18 at 5:30 PM.  Both classes will go for 8 weeks.

It’s a great time to get into Irish Dance and learn new things!

Fall into Irish Dance

It’s almost here…Labor Day.  For the NLID, it is the last performance of the summer.  For the NLIDA, it is time for classes to begin again.  I am so excited to return to both McBain and Manton again this year and also resume classes at the Cadillac town studio on 13th Street.  I get to welcome back many students in the various offered classes, though I was able to see lots of students at summer camps this summer.

One of the best things about Irish is that once you complete and perfect a step, another one is coming.  It is very rewarding and focused.  Each dancer knows what they need to do and where they are heading.  This is not true with other dance genres.  The hardest thing about Irish is if a dancer doesn’t practice or has to miss class.  Irish keeps continuing and if you don’t practice or miss class you can fall behind.  The dancer that thrives on that, is the Irish Dancer.

I am believing for an epic year at NLIDA.  We have a new Story Piece in the works called Patrick’s Purpose and competitions right around the corner.  We will also continuing bring The Irish Prodigal to different places.   Lots of performances up ahead as well

Upcoming Weekend Workshop May 12th!

Once again Mitchell DeSimone from Lord of the Dance will come and help dancers become fine tuned in their technique, steps and Irish Dance abilities.  Dancers can arrive to the lovely Ketunnen Conferance Center  situated on acres of woodland in Tustin, Michigan on Friday May 12th at 1:00 PM.  Classes will begin at 2:00 but dancers can arrive anytime that day.  The official welcome will be at dinner at 5:30 PM.  The workshop will end at 3:00 PM Sunday.

2-3 Classes will be held each hour by different teachers depending on ability and need.   Molly Kujawa (Champion dancer with 35 years of experience) and Gina Dewey (Open level dancer with 13 plus years of ID experience) will be teaching classes along side of Mitch each day.  Class schedule can be found below.  There will be classes on hard/soft shoe drills, jumps, step perfection, feis prep, performance focused, traditional set, Ceili, and more.  There will also be classes on the penny whistle and bodhrain (you must provide your own instrument).  We will also have a craft class in the afternoon as a fun alternative.

Food and lodging will be provided from the Ketunnen Center.  Though our meals will be taken cafeteria style, they will be nutritious and yummy in a very nice setting.  Lodging is dorm style, however the largest room has 3 bunk beds.  It will be very easy to place your dancer with companions she chooses, since there are multiple rooms.  Bathrooms are communal but private.  Boys will be housed in a separate building.  The whole weekend will be comfortable for all and easy to manage.

If your dancer would like a parent to attend as well due to age.  There are premium private rooms for moms for an additional cost.  As a parent you can attend and just pay lodging and meals.  The center is a wonderful place to come with a good book and enjoy a weekend of solitude!

As the director/owner of the NLIDA, it is my hope that each dancer will come away from the weekend enriched, and inspired.  I plan on adding much more than just Irish Dance to the weekend in terms of encouragement, inspiration and self growth!

Below are the paperwork links for registration:


Dance Liability_Waiver_Form


Summer Camps Coming!

NLIDA is offering 2 summer day camps.  It is a fun and fantastic way to learn Irish and Culture at the same time.  Games, Crafts, Steps, and friendship!

McBain Camp:  June 27 -June 30th  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This camp is for beginners and continuing dancers.  It is held in the McBain Elementary Cafeteria.  Call (231) 779-9976

Cadillac Camp:  July 25 – 29th  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This camp is for beginners and continuing dancers.  It will be held at the 13th Street Studio in Cadillac.  Call to register!

New Beginner Class Registration Now Open

New Beginners classes

Classes starting on Monday April 11 at 6:00 PM and Thursday April 14th at 4:30 PM at the 13th Street Studio.  Session will go for 6 weeks for $60.  Each class is an hour long filled with stepsoft shoe images, rhythm and Gaelic language.

There will be 3 open summer camps in July and August.

Dates TBD and coming soon.

Lord of the Dance Workshop Coming!

Mitch 1
Mitchell DeSimone

Mitch 2  The NLIDA will be welcoming a member of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance for a special workshop January 6-8th, 2016 in Cadillac.  The NLID troupe will be undergoing an intense workshop with Mitchell DeSimone, who will come to Cadillac after finishing up on Broadway.  There will be a special community Workshop for Irish Dancers beginners – Advanced on Thursday January 7th, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Advanced Registration Required.  Cost to outside students is $25 per hour.  The first hour will be for soft shoe and second hour for hard shoe!  If you are an Irish Dancer you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn from this talented young man!

Wrapping up 2015 with Stomping and Kicking!

The boys click in sync!

The ladies of NLID!

Performing for the Cadillac Philharmonic Club!

NLID 9NLID 7 The NLID have had a busy fall and now are hunkered down in the studio to learn new steps and get ready for the Holiday Blitz on December 11th.  This is a day of non-stop dancing to Assisted Living Centers and more!  If your group or event needs some added Christmas cheer, give us a jingle and we will bring some Celtic to your party!

It is never too early to start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day.  Irish Dancers are the best crowd pleaser you can ask for!

Special Irish Dance Workshop coming in January for Irish Dancers.  Look for details to come! Unbelievable guest teacher!

NLID will be at Havenshire Faire Festival

Havenshire FaireClasses are starting for NLIDA, and the troupe is perfecting their dances for this upcoming celtic festival!  We will be there Sunday, Oct. 4th from 10AM to 2PM.  If you want to learn some Irish Dance, you will get the chance as well!  Look for the link below and bring your whole family out!


Making the Summer Brighter!

Several performances down and we are excited to shine our lights at our upcoming venues!  The Cadillac Arts Festival loved our Summer Performance today just as the rain stopped and heavens departed!   If your group, festival or party needs a little Irish flair, we are starting to book up for the fall and winter. If … Read more

Tapping into Summer!

Wow!  I have to say that was an awesome St. Patrick’s Day tour.   With 10 performances in over 4 days, the troupe leaped and shuffled their way into much applause.   Now, we are tapping into our summer performances and perfecting dances that will bring joy to our summer venues! Can we come this summer … Read more

Holiday Blitz 2015

HBlitz 3Every year we take a day and perform for all the local assisted living and senior centers.  This year we did 5 with 11 performances in each!  I was truly amazed at how awesome these young people did each and every performance.  This year we added some dazzle to our heads with reindeer antlers, wreaths and snowmen!  Everyone loved it.  St. Patrick’s Day is already booking, so contact soon, to see these Northern Lights shine at your event!

Dance of the season:  Greater!
Dance of the season: Greater!

HBlitz 5
The reindeer do some Irish stomping!

This is how to get your irish dance troupe ready for 5 performances in one day!

HBlitz 7
Greater is the One living inside of me, then he who is living in the world! The senior Center of Cadillac gets to see our new favorite!

5th Irish Dancing Tale Available!

It is finally here and ready for you to read!  Go to Triskelt or Amazon and find the last of the Irish Dancing Tales..  This story shares of teamwork and Ceili dancing.  Learn how one member of a Ceili team learns about pride.   Ceili dancing has been passed on through generations and is an important … Read more

Irish Dance Camps

I will be holding 3 Irish Dance Camps this summer. The first one is beginning on June 16th – June 19th at the Cadillac YMCA from 9-12.  Register at the YMCA at 775-6639 as late as Monday morning! The second camp will be held at McBain Elementary starting Monday, June 23 -26th from 9-12 each … Read more

Booking now for St. Patrick’s Day

Call now to enhance your program with some traditional Irish Dancing!  The Northern Lights will brighten up your celebration with either our 30 minute or hour program.  Your audience will thoroughly enjoy our modern and traditional dances and they will learn about the Irish culture and tradition as well. We can cater to whatever you … Read more

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

  Great Wolf Lodge here we come!  We were invited to perform for the guests at GWL in Traverse City, MI for a couple of hours.  What fun to spend a couple of hours on New Year’s Eve swinging, kicking and tapping for loads of people in bathing suits!  The dancers gave two great performances … Read more

Holiday Blitz!

Wow!  I don’t think it ever made it to the forecasted 16 degrees…it stayed under 10 all day!  It didn’t stop the NLID! Regardless, boy did the Northern Lights sure glow today.  We had 4 fabulous shows with 13 terrific dancers daring the arctic weather. Our first stop was one of our favorite assisted care … Read more

Irish Dance Camp #2 2013

August brought us another wonderful Irish Dance Camp at the Cadillac YMCA!  We had 15 dancers attend and really had an awesome week.  It was a week filled with solo dancing, ceili dancing, games and crafts.   The dancers had great hard working attitudes and pushed in to learn a pretty difficult ceili called the Antrim … Read more

Irish Dance Camp One 2013

  June 17-20, 2013 Wow what a great week of Irish Dancing!  Sixteen kids ages 5-15 joined us at the YMCA in Cadillac, Michigan to learn some Irish steps, ceilis, culture & language.   This year we divided into 3 levels since we had a new and intermediate dancers to learn either the jig, reel or … Read more

Clare and the Red Hat Ladies

We had the honor of tapping our feet at a very special luncheon in Clare at our favorite hotel:  the Doherty!     A room filled with red & purple enjoyed our half hour show even though we thought the ventriliquist beforehand was hilarious.  The dancers are still repeating her jokes! As always our dancing has to … Read more

Mt. Pleasant SPD Performance

Our performance for Saturday night the 16th, was only for the senior & older dancers.  Each performance we do is usually for the whole troupe, but we also enjoy hand crafting a performance for a particular group. We were asked to perform for the Michigan Credit Union League at the Soaring Eagle Covention Center in … Read more

Irish Winter Blitz!!!

Dashing through the snow!   On December 18th, the NLIDs shared their love of Irish Dance with 4 assisted care facilities.  It was a whirlwind day and full of challenges and fun!  The dancers learn flexibility on days like these because each place offers a different stage, flooring and area.  The younger dancers made pins and … Read more