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Business Spotlight: Irishfree School of Dance

The Reagans opened their dance school eight years ago in Sayville and it's as popular as ever.

The Inishfree School of Irish Dance holds classes in Sayville for beginners and advanced students. Inishfree is a certified Irish dance school and has been teaching Irish dance for over 28 years and has been in Sayville for eight years. For further information call 631-722-4939 or email Reaganrus@Aol.com or Inishfreee@cs.com or check out the school's website.

Business: Inishfree School of Irish Dance

Location: Sayville

Owners: Sean Reagan, owner and certified Irish dance teacher and adjudicator; Irene Reagan, assistant.

When were you founded? 1985

How did your business come to be? Sean and his brothers and sisters have achieved the titles of World and National Champions and have been involved in Irish dancing for years. It felt natural to continue teaching students the art and love of dance and to pass on the culture and experience. Sean has four schools on Long Island, including Sayville,  as well as one in the Bronx and one in Rockland County.  Other family members teach in Texas and Massachusetts.

Why did you choose the community you're in? Requested by local families.

What do you offer customers? Irish Dance for culture, fun, exercise and for some, competition in local, regional, national and international events.

What do you want your business to be best known for? Producing dancers who enjoy the experience of dance and do their best to reach their goals. We would also like to pass the tradition on to future generations.

What's one thing about Irish dance that new learners don't realize? It is a multicultural activity, enjoyed by all nationalities. It is a great social activity, fun, energetic and very intricate. It also gives children the opportunity to develop poise and the ability to perform for audiences, if they wish.

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