Kent McCown GroupWhat Moves Her March 17, 2024

Unveiling Celtic Traditions

 A Journey of Irish Dance and Community Building

Welcome to the March edition of What Moves Her Blog with Kent McCown Group. In this article, we delve into the captivating world of Celtic dance with Amanda Poole, the founder of Celtic Traditions in Opelika, Alabama. Join us as we explore Amanda’s personal journey, her dedication to Irish dance, and the vibrant community she has cultivated.

Discovering Celtic Traditions

Amanda’s journey into the realm of Irish dance began at a young age, fueled by a chance encounter with Irish dancers at a Saint Patrick’s Day performance. Enthralled by the art form, Amanda embarked on a lifelong passion for Irish dancing, eventually leading her to establish Celtic Traditions in Opelika.

From Dancer to Instructor: A Natural Progression

With over a decade of experience, Amanda not only teaches Irish dance but also holds a special certification from the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland. Her dedication to her students’ success is evident, as she travels worldwide  extensively for competitions and performances, ensuring her dancers have the opportunity to showcase their talent on both national and international stages.

Challenges and Triumphs

Running a dance studio comes with its own set of challenges, from fluctuating enrollment numbers to the constant need for outreach and promotion. However, Amanda’s unwavering passion for Irish dance and her commitment to her students and community have been key drivers of her success.

Balancing Act: Business and Personal Life

As a solo entrepreneur, Amanda wears many hats, from teacher and choreographer to event coordinator and mentor. Despite the demands of her business, she emphasizes the importance of setting boundaries and prioritizing self-care to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and Community Engagement

Saint Patrick’s Day holds a special significance for Amanda and Celtic Traditions, marking its busiest time of the year. Amanda and her dancers participate in various events and performances, spreading the joy of Irish dance throughout the community. From Food Truck Fridays to Global Community Day Festivals, Celtic Traditions offers numerous opportunities for the public to get involved and experience the magic of Irish dance firsthand.

Get Involved with Celtic Traditions

If you’re interested in learning more about Celtic Traditions or participating in Irish dance classes, you can reach out to Amanda via email at, visit the website, or give them a call at (334) 705-0303.