Kristin Butke Irish Dance


Where dancer and family come first.

We are a certified school of Irish dance based in the greater Northern Virginia region and in Nashville, Tennessee. Our school is committed to providing excellence in instruction and we are proud not only of our studentsโ€™ competitive achievements, but also of our caring and supportive community of dance families.
Whether your goal is to learn the techniques and skills required to compete at the local, national and international level, to form your character through the discipline of this truly athletic activity, to meet life-long friends, or just to have fun, you can feel right at home with the Kristin Butke Irish Dance.

We want our dancers to leave after every class feeling challenged and inspired.

– Kristin Butke Zagorski, TCRG, ADCRG
Owner and Co-Director of Kristin Butke Irish Dance

Our Locations

Warrenton: Progressions
410 Rosedale Ct.
Unit 120
Warrenton, VA 20186

Dulles: Progressions/Elite Dance
23521 Overland Dr Suite 104
Sterling, VA 20166

Front Royal: Warren County Health & Human Resources Complex, The Band Room
465 West 15th St
Front Royal, VA 22630

8101 TN-100
Nashville, TN 37221

Why Irish Dance?

Kristin Butke Irish dancers performing at O'Brien's Irish Pub in Warrenton Va.

The answer is simple. Its rich history and tradition embody a time when family and community were the core values that bound us together. Irish dancing is about music, choreography and story-telling. Our students are athletes, friends, competitors, scholars, and fierce individuals — but most importantly, they are a community of dancers committed to sharing their art.

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Kristin Butke Irish Dance

Kristin Butke Irish Dance, formerly Southern Academy, has Irish dance lessons for children and adults in Fauquier County, Frederick County and Loudoun County, VA. Classes coming soon to Nashville TN!

Day 4 was our youngest dancers and our advanced adult dancer. We are so proud of their accomplishments!!Under 9๐ŸŒŸCharlotte๐ŸŒŸ9th place ๐ŸŒŸCaoimhe๐ŸŒŸ15th place ๐ŸŒŸStella ๐ŸŒŸ35th place ๐ŸŽ‰Maeve ๐ŸŽ‰Just 7 away from the recall!Under 10๐ŸŒŸCaeli ๐ŸŒŸ31st place Great job to Tierra, still dancing after an ankle sprain last week. Trad sets Under 107th Olivia ๐Ÿ…9th Evie ๐Ÿ…12th Emmie ๐Ÿ…Good job to Ciara still pushing after making a mistake and never letting it show! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปCongrats to all the dancers and families on a successful day!Thank you John Lonergan for being there for our dancers and supporting them on dance day! It means so much!Thank you Target Training – Irish dance strength & conditioning and From Head to Toe Academyfor our training! See MoreSee Less
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Day 3 of Nationals was a dream with TWO solo champions! ๐Ÿ† ABBY SWEARINGEN ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† GARET ZAGORSKI ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒนMADELEINE ROSE MACDOUGALL๐ŸŒน13th place, ๐ŸŒŽ World Qualifier ๐ŸŒŽUp 28 places from last year Traditional set dancers: HELENA 13th ๐Ÿ…ELISABETH 13th ๐Ÿ…Great dancing by Natalie and Sophie!Girls 8 hand under 11: a job well done for your hard work: keep up the training and your day will come. Teamwork makes the dream work. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š Thank you @johnlonergan for helping our dancers be stronger and sharper ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปThank you @fromheadtotoe_academy and @targettrainingdance for guiding us with our out of studio training ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป See MoreSee Less
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Cheers to the 2x NATIONAL CHAMPS! Mixed 4 hand under 16!!So proud of these hard working dancers!Thank you John Lonergan for all the ceili coaching ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป See MoreSee Less
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Day 2 did not disappoint: Back to back NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!! ๐Ÿ†Mixed 4 hand under 16(No picture as some are still to dance). โญ๏ธTHร‰RรˆSE MACDOUGALL โญ๏ธ22nd place u17A!!From no recall last year- consistently putting in the work! ๐ŸŽ‰ TESSA COYLE ๐ŸŽ‰4th place in traditional set u17!!Thank you John Lonergan for everything! See MoreSee Less
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Amazing job to our girls on Day 1 of the North American Irish Dance Championships:๐ŸŽ‰ Olivia Branco ๐ŸŽ‰ 38th place Up 26 places from last year ๐ŸŒŽโญ๏ธSamantha Ankers โญ๏ธ๐ŸŒŽ18th place World Qualifier From no recall last year! Anything is possible with hard work. Thank you @johnlonergan for all you do! See MoreSee Less
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