Irish immigrants to Canada brought many of the favored dances from their homeland. Through the years those dances blended with the other cultures settled in Canada, creating Canada's own unique group of dances. From noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, Liz Shovlin Grinko will present a Canadian Dance workshop in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
Grinko is a certified ceili dance instructor who has taught dance for nearly 40 years. In addition to teaching with the Shovlin Academy, she is currently a ceili and set-dancing instructor for the Pittsburgh Ceili Club (PCC). Grinko calls the ceili and set dances every Tuesday at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle in Pittsburgh as well as at PCC’s monthly ceilidh gatherings and the Pittsburgh Irish Festival.
The Teaching International program at Penn State Greater Allegheny has been in place since 2004. Its goal is to educate students about world trends by studying different regions and issues of global importance. This year's focus is on Canada and global health.