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Classes are held in Rockland County, New York
The School is located at:

The Clarkstown Reformed Church
107 Strawtown Road, West Nyack, NY

  Information on classes may be obtained by calling
Ellen Riordan-Ross A.D.C.R.G
Cell (201) 376-7645

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Founded by Kenny Verlin in 1974


The Verlin School of Irish Dancing was founded by Kenny Verlin in 1974. Kenny was one of those rare individuals who was equally as talented as a teacher as he himself had been as a dancer. In addition to producing many championship dancers, Kenny and the Verlin Dancers hold the distinction of being the first American School to win the World Competition in the Choreography Competition. The world, in addition to the Irish dancing community, lost one of its great talents with Kenny's untimely death in 1986.

Kenny's spirit lives on through the school he founded. At Kenny's request, Ellen Riordan Ross, his senior Champion Dancer, continues in the tradition of her mentor as director of the School. Ellen is a registered A.D.C.R.G. and a member of the Eastern Region Irish Dancing Association. As an Irish Dancer, Ellen won numerous championships at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Ellen performed on tour with the renowned Chieftains. In the tradition of the school's founder, Ellen has won wide acclaim for her innovative choreography and creative performances.

The true measure of a school is, or course, its students. The young ladies and gentleman of the Verlin School regularly attend local, state, regional, and national championships where their talent and dedication is often recognized. The school sends several students to compete in The World Championships that are held in Ireland every spring.

In addition to competitions, the Verlin Dancers have been honored to have performed:


  • at Radio City Music Hall with Frank Paterson's Annual Irish Gala

  • at the Irish Heritage Festival at the Garden State Arts Center

  • in concert with the Wolf Tones

  • at the Pines Hotel "Great Irish Weekend"

  • with the Dublin City Ramblers, Johnny McElvoy, Erin's Pride and other renowned Irish Entertainers

  • at the World Trade Center Irish Heritage Month Celebration

  • many more civic, charitable and Irish Fraternal Organizations










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