The Heart of Ireland Lives in Conejo Valley

Here is something I bet you didn’t know. Our founder, Marilyn Fordney is Irish. She is also Japanese and the elements of both influences make Mrs. Fordney quite extraordinary in so many ways, too numerous to mention here! There is one thing, you do all know, and that is, Marilyn Fordney loves dance!

I’d like to share with you the little (green) gem that Mrs. Fordney and her sister discovered right here in Conejo Valley. It is traditional for Mrs. Fordney and her sister to go out and have corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This year, Mrs. Fordney and her sister went to Brendan’s in Camarillo for this meal.  And the real fun starts happening when the adorable and talented young dancers from Greenway Academy of Irish Dance show up. You can see them in these photos that Mrs. Fordney shot herself.

Greenway Irish Dancer, Brendan’s, Photo by Marilyn Fordney

Here’s a little background on these local Irish dancers. In 1991, Jackie Greenway began the Greenway Academy of Irish Dance in Camarillo, Newbury Park and Moorpark, California.  Ms. Greenway was a champion Irish dancer herself. Her mission in starting the academy was to

Greenway Irish Dancer, Brendan’s, Photo by Marilyn Fordney

pass on her love of Irish dance. Ms. Greenway’s ultimate goal was to teach dancers of all ages to strive for the best. With this winning attitude, her school has achieved many of the same successes she enjoyed, including winning Regional Titles, National Titles and World Medals. Greenway Academy has taught students to be a team, enjoy classes, work hard, be your best and make friends that last a lifetime! It is very easy to understand how this all comes together when you see these young dancers perform so beautifully.

Please enjoy this video of young dancers performing an Irish Jig. Traditional Irish dancing is very precise and synchronized. It does take time to fall in perfectly with your team. Most of the time, the dancers move kind of quickly and I can’t quite capture all the steps. I chose this video because it moves a bit slower and it’s easier for you to focus on the finite dance steps and how elegantly the dance is performed.

Greenway Irish Dancer, Brendan’s, Photo by Marilyn Fordney

Thought Of The Week:

The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand – Idowu Koyenikan



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website