Southern Region, NAIDC, and
2017 World Champions
Welcome to the Drake School of Irish Dance
Drake Irish Dance, one of the most prestigious Irish Dance Schools in the United States, was founded in 1990 in Atlanta, GA by Dublin Ireland native, Karl Drake.
Since it's beginning, Drake Irish Dance has branched out across the southern states. After establishing itself in five southern states, Karl Drake went global by expanding into Mexico and China.
Drake Irish Dancers have a record of competitive achievements to include Regional and National Champions as well as World Medal holders.
In addition to competitive achievements, The Drake Irish Dance Troupe travelled all the way to Shangai China in March 2013 where they performed at Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Dulwich College Shanghai, China.
Gwinnett Citizen article: Drake conquers the South, goes Global
COME FIND OUT WHAT ALL THE NOISE IS ABOUT!
ONE MONTH TRIAL CLASSES
Drake Irish Dance invites new students to give Irish dance a try with one month of free beginner lessons.
Tuesdays or Wednesdays 5-6p at our Norcross Studio
4790 Peachtree Industrial Blvd #101.
Please contact Mr. Karl Drake, ADCRG to schedule your introduction.
All ages welcome, preschool-adults!
If you are interested in trying a free beginner class at one of our other locations, click here.
Upcoming Workshops & Competitions
The Drake Staff
Karl Drake, TCRG, ADCRG, Director
Deirdre O’Connor, TCRG
Mary Branick Ujda, TCRG
Lisa Cregan, TCRG
Amanda Tucker Poole, TCRG
Christina Deacy, TCRG
Maddie Hane, TCRG
Moira Fischman, TCRG
Catie Foley, TCRG
Fernanda Cajiga, TCRG
Anna Johnson, TCRG
Abigail McKeever, TCRG
If you're looking for a hotel close to the Norcross studio, please ask for the Drake Irish Dance rate ($97 per night)!
Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Norcross
5800 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30071
Contact Kathy Thomas at 770-263-2020 or Kathleen.thomas@Hilton.com.
All Ireland Championship (Feb. 20-26, 2022)
Entry Date (no fees): Nov 26, 2021
Palmetto State Feis & Southern Belt (March. 25-27, 2022)
299 N. Church St.
Spartanburg, SC 20306
World Irish Dancing Championships (April 10-17, 2022)
2 Lanyon Place, Belfast
Entry Date: Jan 28, 2022
For more information about other major competitions, click here.
Drake Highlight Videos
11 Alive – Drake School of Irish
Watch the interview here
11 Alive – Drake School of Irish Dance
Spreading Irish Joy Through Dance
Mexican-born dancer Jose Luis Mendoza and Irish Dance Master Karl Drake discuss the growing popularity of Irish dance on CNN.
The Journey Home
In March 2013, the Drake Irish Dance Troupe travelled all the way to Shanghai, China where they performed at Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Dulwich College Shanghai, China.
In March 2012, The Drake Irish Dance Troupe travelled to Beijing, China to perform at the Forbidden City Concert Hall.
Strictly Irish Dancing
TV3 aired this two part documentary on September 2011 featuring Karl Drake and his dancers.
An Irish Evening in Dublin