Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
kevin doyle

Kevin Doyle is a master of Irish step dance who learned his first steps from his mother, a native of Roscommon, who taught her children to dance in their Providence home accompanied by her lilted tunes. A lifelong dancer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with his traditional style of "close to the ground" rhythms and intricate foot work. He also was just awarded a National Fellowship from The National Endowment For The Arts!! Kevin's style represents the generations of Irish who made a new home in America…a memory which is reinforced with each kick or pounding step, and his tap-dancing provides the soundtrack to a uniquely American dance story. Irish dance forms, and tap dance, as conveyed by Kevin Doyle are appropriate in schools and other arts and education settings. Classroom presentations, performances for groups of students, and lecture/demonstrations with workshops for students and/or teachers will meet arts GSE's in dance or music. This artist is also appropriate for collaborations with humanities teachers working with Historical Perspectives/RI History GSE's. All ages. Kevin also plays percussion with Pendragon and Atwater-Donnelly and is available for drum circles or lessons on the Irish drum, the ' bodhran or the African jembe'. Kevin is available for performances, workshops in Irish step and American Tap.

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I Have Worked With

  • March 2006

    I have been collaborating with Kieran Jordan since 1998. We performed together with Pendragon in the early years and have been working together in many different projects which continue today!! We have performed together in Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O Donovan many years, performed in Childsplay, and both have been featured teachers and performers at the prestigious Willie Clancy School in Co. Clare, Ireland.

  • February 2006

    I have been performing with Aubrey and Elwood since 2004 and continue today to perform with them.I dance and play percussion and create very entertaining dance routines with Aubrey!!

  • January 2006

    I am the dancer and percussionist for the band.I have been performing with Pendragon for the last 21 years!! We continue to perform and offer concert performance as well as school programs.Pendragon is a Celtic Band that has been playing for 34 years!!

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Irish Step Dancer/American Tap Dancer
Mailing Address: 
33 Lillis ave
Barrington, RI 02806
Physical Address: 
33 Lillis ave
Barrington, RI 02806
Last Name: 
401 573 0334


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Ethnic
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

2014 National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA in Irish Step Dance
2012 Fellowship in Folk Arts Program from the R.I. Council for the Arts
Grant from R.I. State Council for the Arts 2011 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program
2010 Identified as a dance master teacher with a grant from the Southern New England Traditional Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program
2005 to 2011 Best Celtic Act Pendragon in the Motif Music Awards
2007 and 2008 Best Folk Act with Atwater-Donnelly ,Motif Music Awards
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster