Liam Harney is a two-time World Champion Irish Step Dancer. He received his first title in 1984 which was followed by another victory in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search “ARTS,” which earned him a scholarship presented by president Ronald Reagan on the White House Lawns. In 1987, Liam again received the highly coveted award of World Champion Irish Step Dancer – a feat few American’s of his generation had accomplished.
Following his competitive years which yielded numerous awards and opportunities, he took a slight departure from Irish dance in order to pursue what became a multifaceted professional performance career. He danced with Pennsylvania Ballet company, Central Pennsylvania Ballet Company, The Carlisle Project, Dance Ellington, various musical theatre productions, and special events which have included performing for 5 different USA & Irish presidents through the years. Other performances include engagements on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall, and the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, alongside many of the other finest theaters around the globe. His professional career(s) in the arts have taking him on tour or assignment though USA, Europe, Asia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America. Among his international tours (as Producer and Starring Artist) is the original production of “CelticFusion” an Irish dance musical. – – – Television and Film credits as choreographer and/or lead dancer include; “Folgers Coffee,” “A Dancer’s Morning,” “Pilo,” the MGM motion picture “Blown Away,” the “Donny & Marie Show” and many more. Liam is the proud co-founder of the “Academy of Performing Arts” which was one of the most successful performing arts studios for over 20 year in San Diego.
28 years ago Liam started his dance school with his partner and mother Sally Harney! Today he enjoys a partnership at the “Harney Pender Keady Academy of Irish Dance.”
Liam mentions the book Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland