Irish step dancer finds a home at Thornton Academy

School assemblies are often an interesting mix of awards, celebrations, and just a bit educational information. This past fall our school honored Madeleine Walsh ’21, at a school assembly for her Irish Step Dance achievements.


Walsh started her dancing career when she was just seven years old and a year later she began competing. Walsh has said that she is partly Irish and that was her motivation to start dancing, she wanted to feel closer to her culture.


“I am part Irish, so I wanted to try Irish dancing out and I kept doing it because I loved it.”


She started dancing in Steppin Out Dance Center in Saco and now she is a part of the team in Stillson’s School of Irish Dance, located in Portland. Walsh has competed in Regional, National and World Competitions, and has won the solo dance in Regional Competition last year and also the team competition. She has also competed overseas in Irland and England.  


Walsh hopes to continue dancing when she leaves Thornton and goes to college and she is also thinking about teaching it one day.




“Dance has always been a part of my life,” Walsh said, “and I can’t imagine not being involved.”

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