The Keltic Dreams

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The Keltic Dreams are an Irish dancing troupe based in PS 59 (Beekman Hill International School) in the Bronx, New York City.[1] They are led by Dublin-raised Caroline Duggan, who moved to New York after graduating from Trinity College, Dublin to become a music teacher.[2][3] The troupe consists of boys and girls ages between 7-11 in elementary school.[4] They have performed for the senator of Newark, on The Late Late Show in Ireland,[5] the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade,[6] and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Queens, New York City.[7] They have performed in Chicago and Boston as well.[1]

Local boxing events were held to help raise funding to send the troupe to perform in Ireland in 2007.[8] They also received $33,000 from the American-Ireland fund and $10,000 from John McColgan, the producer of Riverdance and The Pirate Queen, pieces from which the group often performs. A documentary about the group, A Bronx Dream, has been broadcast on Showtime in the US. In Ireland, they performed at Dublin's St. Stephen's Green shopping center and for Irish President Mary McAleese, whom they also presented with a pair of Irish dancing hard shoes.[citation needed]

They were the recipient of the first "Building Bridges" award at the Irish Connections Festival near Boston in June 2006.[9] The award honors an individual representing the spirit of the festival in exploring connections between ethnic communities in the United States.


  1. ^ a b Wallace, Kelly. "An Unlikely Irish Troupe From The Bronx", CBS, 17 March 2009.
  2. ^ "The Keltic Dreams - an Unusual Irish dance troupe". DogoNews. 2008-03-15. Archived from the original on 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Riverdance and teacher's accent led group to step it out Irish-style". The Irish Times. 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  4. ^ Gewertz, Daniel (9 June 2006). "Cover story; You don't have to be Irish ... to love this Celtic festival". Boston Herald. p. E4. 
  5. ^ "RTÉ Television: The Late Late Show". 
  6. ^ Gootman, Elissa (2008-03-14). "For Bronx School's Dancers, the Moves Are Irish". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  7. ^ "St. Patrick's Day Parade in Queens - Woodside and Sunnyside". Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  8. ^ ""Irish" Andy Lee on "Erin Go Brawl" PPV Duddy-Bonsante headlines St. Patrick's Day Eve show at MSG". 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  9. ^ "Irish Dancers step out for Donors". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 

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