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The Victoria School of Irish Dance was established by founder, Alison Paladini, T.C.R.G. After the release of the popular shows Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Alison responded to the demand in interest for Irish Dance classes by beginning small classes in recreational facilities. Since then, the Victoria School of Irish dance has now expanded to offer classes in Sidney, Victoria, and Esquimalt.

The school is home to both recreational and competitive dancers. Dancers in the school have found success in local, regional and international competitions. Dancers have had the opportunity to travel as far as Ireland, England, Scotland, Mexico, New York, Boston and Montreal, just to name a few. 

No matter what your level, from beginner to champ, VSID and its teachers are committed to fostering a love of dance, friendship and comradery amongst its dancers from our tiny tappers to our amazing adults!

Mission Statement

At the Victoria School of Irish Dance we are dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment for youth to develop peer and teacher relationships, discover a love for Irish dance, and become a contributing member of the dance community. At VSID we believe in excellence. Excellent learning, excellent friendships and excellent dancers

Alison Paladini, T.C.R.G


Alison started dancing at the age of 6 in Victoria BC. After quickly achieving the highest competitive level by the age of 9 Alison went on to win her Oireachtas (Western Canadian Regionals many times) and received top placements at the World and National Irish Dance championships. Alison retired from competition in 1990 and years later received her teaching accreditation in Ireland began her teaching career back home were it all started. Alison is a well-respected member of the dance community and demonstrates this in every class she teaches.

Mairead Supple, T.C.R.G


Mairead began dancing at the age of 6 and quickly after started her competitive career. Mairead has competed and performed locally and internationally including the Regional Championships, the National Championships, the All Ireland and World Championships. She has also participated in many workshops and camps expanding her dance knowledge with the instruction of many amazing teachers. Mairead received her bachelors degree in Child and Youth Care just one year prior to her recent accreditation as a certified Irish Dance instructor. Mairead’s love of youth and dance is apparent in her interaction with all of her students.

Book A Performance

Dancers from the Victoria School of Irish Dance perform locally in many community events. Dancers have experience performing at retirement homes, weddings, pubs, restaurants, personal parties and events as well as for many local bands and artists. Dancers are available to hire for your event today! 

Contact Alison Paladini

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