The Irish Festival of Oulu

Official program partner of Oulu 2026

Courses: Children’s Dance Course

Children’s Dance Course

Welcome to the childrens Irish dance class with Nelli Sinisalo. The class is open to all children over 4 years. We will learn the basic steps of Irish dance with both soft and heavy shoes and have a fun time together.

There is no need to have specific shoes. Socks, inside slippers or sneakers will be appropriate.

Nelli Sinisalo is one of the pioneers of Irish dance in Finland. She got excited about Irish dancing as a little girl in Pispalan Sottiisissa in the early 90s, where you could experience the magic of Irish music and dance for the first time.

Nelli started practicing in Irish dance in 2004 as a student of Lotta Virkkunen and after a few years she moved to Ireland, where she studied more dance e.g. TCRG led by teachers Mary Beth Taylor and Ronan McCormack (Riverdance). That’s also where she started competing. In addition to solo dances, she has also competed with the céilí team, e.g. at the world championships in London and Galway.

Nelli has worked as an Irish dance teacher since 2010. She has been a teacher at InSpiral Dance Company Finland since 2015. In addition to Tampere, she has also held courses in Hämeenlinna, Seinäjoki and Oulu for both children and adults.

Nelli is an experienced performer and has performed several dance gigs around Finland at various events.

Course fee: 10 €

Total Course duration: 40 minutes

Places: 20

The course is taught in English and Finnish.

Sat 28.9. 10:30-11:15

Dance Studio #2

Cultural Centre Valve

childrens irish dance course