Kara’s interest in Irish dance grew out of her passion for Irish history and culture. As an undergraduate studying abroad in Galway and then again as a graduate student at University College Dublin, she became fascinated with the intersection of heritage and modern life and the way in which stories and traditions are maintained through generations.
Kara began dancing in 2009 under the direction of Kieran Jordan, initially concentrating on step dancing but quickly expanding her focus to include sean-nós (old style) dance. Her repertoire is grounded in traditional steps from the south and west of Ireland and draws on both improvisation and formal step dances learned directly from dance masters Michael Tubridy and Patrick O’Dea. Kara has performed at numerous gatherings in the Boston area with the Kieran Jordan Dance group and has traveled to Ireland to attend Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Co. Clare. She is very excited to be collaborating with the CCÉ Boston Music School and looks forward to introducing sean-nós to a new generation of dancers.