McCallion Irish Dance Academy

Your Modern Irish Dancing School in Auckland

Leave all your worries aside and come shake it off at McCallion Irish Dance Academy. For centuries, civilizations have lifted their spirits through dancing, and now you can do the same. Whether you’re an advanced dancer or just starting out, we have something to offer everyone. Have a look at our available classes to find the right fit for you.


Our Story

How We Got Started

Our Dance School is truly one of a kind. From our unique atmosphere to our choreographed routines, everything was carefully thought out in order to give our dancers the best possible experience.

Come learn with the best at McCallion-Hester Irish Dance Academy. Our two dance instructors Seán and Máire have 50 years of combined dance experience at the highest levels. Both have competed and placed highly at the world championships every year before progressing onto the bigger stage and Touring the globe with Worldwide productions such as Riverdance and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance.

We would love to share our dance experience and talents with you here in New Zealand.

Whether your focus is technique, flexibility or you’re just looking for a new fun way to work out, you can find it all here. Explore our site for more information, and feel free to reach out with questions.



Many thanks to the 'Hugo Charitable Trust'


The Hugo Charitable Trust was founded in May 2017 to continue the Donegal mans philanthropic legacy and to give back to the people of New Zealand.

Hugh Green loved both Ireland and New Zealand equally and he believed passionately that education was the key to a better New Zealand. The Hugo Charitable Trust is committed to honouring Hugh’s life work and building on his legacy for the future benefit of New Zealand with new ideas, new ways and new directions for the future.

Classes We Offer

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Preschool Class

Follow the rainbow and learn to dance

This class is specifically designed for preschool children between the ages of 2-5 years. It is designed to develop your child's social and motor skills whilst learning the fundamental basics of Irish Dance. 
It is a fun class that uses props, music and games to keep your child engaged.


Kids Classes

Little champions in the making

This class is for children 5 years and up. Each child will have the opportunity to explore new Irish dance moves taught in this class, while also mastering the classic steps. Our amazing instructors make sure everyone gets individual attention while keeping the class collaborative.
New classes coming soon so if you want to find out more, get in touch with us today.

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Adult Introductory Dance

Fancy giving it a go- its never too late and now you can

Led by a dedicated team of Irish Dance instructors, this class will have you on your feet in no time. Many of our dancers love taking this class, as it gives them the opportunity to learn the basics of Irish Dance and easily showcase their talent. This is a fun class for anyone starting out! Whether you are new to dance, have immigrated and want to connect with your roots, or just simply want to learn more about Irish Dance, this is the class for you.
Interested in learning more? Get in contact with a member of our team, we’re happy to answer any questions.

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Adult Intermediate Class

Let’s Do It!

For those who have the basics of Irish dance and completed the beginners class. This group will advance onto more technical steps with faster tempos. This class will also include an introduction to tap dancing and the basis of tap work and rhythm.

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Adult Advanced Dance

Our master class and live performers

This class is for dancers who have already attended the beginners class and are comfortable with the basic steps of Irish Dance. The advanced class is more technical and fast paced designed for those who want to build on the basics and master a routine. It involves dancing to live music where the tempo is faster and techniques a little trickier. We make the routines easy to accomplish by braking them down into segments and explaining them in a way that is simple and achievable. This is our masterclass that performs at live events!
If you have any questions about this class - simply contact us or stop by at the location below.

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Opening Hours

Monday Glenfield Classes: 4.00- 6.00 pm

Tuesdays Freemans Bay: 6.30-8.30pm

Wednesday Beginner Classes: 7.15pm - 8.30pm

Thursday: 3.30pm - 4.30pm


Contact Us

If you would like more information on McCallion-Hester Irish Dance Academy, we’d be more than happy to help.

Please fill out the form below and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.


PONSONBY -Ponsonby Community Centre, Ponsonby Terrace

PARNELL - Parnell District School  

GLENFIELD -Glenfield Senior Citizes Club, 7 Mayfield Road, Glenfield 

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