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Southern Region, NAIDC, and
2017 World Champions
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2023 World Irish Dancing Championships

Best of luck to all our dancers in Montréal!

You all have worked so hard!
We will be cheering you on from all over the world! 
Congratulations and may you shine on the stage!

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.

The Drake School of Irish Dance offers classes for both children and adults in a large number of locations. Please don't hesitate to contact us!


Gwinnett Citizen article: Drake conquers the South, goes Global

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Check this out: 

Link to the CLRG Child Protection Policy and Vetting Policy 

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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. 

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Latest News
Upcoming Workshops & Competitions
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If you're looking for a hotel close to the Norcross studio, please ask for the Drake Irish Dance rate ($104 per night for 1 King bed room or standard 2 Queen bed room* if available. 1 Bedroom suites would be at a higher rate)!

Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta – Norcross

5800 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. 

Norcross, GA 30071

Contact Sabrina Lick at 770-263-2020 or​​​


  • 2023 World Championships                  Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne (April 2 - 9, 2023)

Palais des Congrès de Montréal 

1001 Pl. Jean-Paul-Riopelle

Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2Z 1H5

Click Here for more Information

  • Peach State & Feile Georgia Feis (May 6-7, 2023)​​​​

           Omni Hotel CNN Center

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, GA 30303      

Click Here to Register

For more information about other major competitions, click here. 


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Drake Highlight Videos

11 Alive – Drake School of Irish

Dance (2019)


Watch the interview here

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11 Alive – Drake School of Irish Dance 


Watch the interview here

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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.

Watch it here

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

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Irish Dance Atlanta, Irish Dancing

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.

Watch the trailer here

Celtic Connections

In March 2012, The Drake Irish Dance Troupe travelled to Beijing, China to perform at the Forbidden City Concert Hall.


Part 1   Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5

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Strictly Irish Dancing

TV3 aired this two part documentary on September 2011 featuring Karl Drake and his dancers.


Watch part 1                 Watch part 2

An Irish Evening in Dublin


Watch the video here

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