Glencastle Irish Dancers, Inc. offers Irish dance instruction to both children and adults at our studio in Franklin, Wisconsin. We are a dance school that offers many aspects of Irish dance including competition, solo and team dancing, performances, and learning the traditions of the Irish culture- all while having a great time. Our staff firmly believes that our families are top priority. You choose the level of involvement that is right for you. Some students may want to simply learn a few steps while others look forward to the thrill of stepping out on stage to perform or compete. We strive to instill a sense of belonging, friendship, school spirit and confidence in each and every student that enters our classroom.
How we got our name
Glencastle is a small town in County Mayo, Ireland near Belmullet and is the ancestral home of our owner and instructor, Bridget Jaskulski. Bridget’s great grandparents were raised in Glencastle and immigrated to the United States in the late 1800’s. As a tribute to her family, Bridget chose Glencastle as the name of our school.
How we got our start
Glencastle Irish Dancers, Inc. has been providing Irish dance lessons in the Milwaukee area since February 23, 2000. Our children's classes began at the College Park School in Greendale, Wisconsin and our adult classes began at the Celtic MKE Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our school opened with 26 students and has grown to over 150 students. In 2006, we relocated to a space in West Allis, Wisconsin and remained there for eleven years. In the summer of 2017, we transitioned to a beautiful space in Franklin, Wisconsin.
"I danced with Glencastle because it felt like one big family. With them I learned the value of being respectful to my fellow classmates and competitors, that results only come with hard work and determination, and the importance of supporting one another as we worked to achieve our goals."
Becky Reese, Former Dancer
Glencastle is an amazing dance school. My daughter is not only learning Irish Dance, but she is also growing more confident and independent. As a parent juggling many extracurricular activities for my children I appreciate the staff's clear and consistent communication. The response is always quick and professional. Joey is truly a GID kid and couldn't be happier!
Gesa Hegeman, Mother of Dancer
"Bridget and the instructors were incredibly supportive and caring of all of their students, and they continue to be so to this day. I've seen students transform from shy, quiet kids to confident, poised, and ambitious young adults through their Glencastle experiences."
Lauren Tank, Former Dancer