Performer, teacher, writer, director, and choreographer Kieran Jordan is a leading creative voice in the field of Irish dance. With a solo style described as “playfully theatrical” (The Boston Globe) and “wonderfully expressive” (The Living Tradition), Kieran has been performing traditional Irish step dancing, sean-nós (old style), and her own choreography for more than 20 years. “One of America’s premier dancers and instructors” (Irish Echo), she was the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in 2008 and 2018. As a teacher, she has served on the Irish Studies faculty at Boston College, and at festivals and summer schools including Acadia Trad School, Augusta Heritage Center, Catskills Irish Arts Week, MAD Week, Sean-nós Northwest, and the Willie Clancy Summer School.
In 2001, she established Kieran Jordan Dance — a non-competitive Irish dance school and performance company for adults in Boston. Through this enterprise and her tireless dedication to teaching, creative work, and community programs, Kieran has nurtured a flourishing Irish dance scene in Boston and has inspired the professional careers of many other dancers.
Kieran has produced three DVDs on sean-nós/old style Irish dance, as well as a CD of Irish set dances with musicians Seán Clohessy and Sean McComiskey. Her own percussive footwork has been featured on numerous Irish music recordings. Kieran has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a B.A. from Boston College in English and Irish Studies. She also holds the TCRG certification for teaching Irish Dance.