The Goodwin Academy was founded in Rochester, NY in 2007 by sisters Mary Echter Cantin and Colleen Echter Bennet.  Several years after Colleen's career (and fiance!) took her across the country to live in sunny California, elder sister Sarah Echter Sadowski and original company member Maura Olson joined the teaching staff.  Sarah, Mary, and Colleen are three of five siblings whose mother, Sarah Goodwin, moved to the USA as a child from Ballinasloe, County Galway. Their                                                    paternal grandmother, Dorothy Flanagan,

                                        had strong family roots in Ireland as well.

                                            Their childhood was rich in family

                                              gatherings, song, and of course,

                                                                Irish dance.   




The Goodwin Academy is certified by An Comisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha (Dublin, Ireland) to teach traditional Irish dancing in Rochester, NY to students of all ages, levels, and abilities.  We maintain small classes at the beginner through prizewinner level, which means we are able to focus on the individual needs and progress of each student.  Our advanced dancers train several times weekly as a team. Our approach also involves a strong emphasis on physical fitness, which is introduced starting in our beginner Irish dance classes.   There is NO requirement to compete, although participation is encouraged.

Through the combination of fitness, fun, and technique training, the Goodwin Academy develops dancers who enjoy success both as soloists and on teams at feisanna (competitions) and oireactasi (regional, national, and world level events). 

Goodwin Academy 

The PianoWorks Mall 

349 West Commercial Street

East Rochester, NY 14445

Irish Dance Classes in Rochester, NY

Free Beginner "Try it Out" Class

Monday September 14th, 2020


For more info and registration, email us!

Fall Beginner Session  Monday, September 21-Monday December 21

Dancers ages 4+ from 5:15-6pm

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