Molly Bennett started her career in Irish dance and music in San Antonio, TX when she was 30. The music actually came first - it was through her membership in the band St James's Gate that she was introduced to the San Antonio Irish Dancers.

Molly toured with St James's Gate, which went to Ireland in 1986 and won the All-Ireland Championship for Groupi Ceol. It was Molly's last gig with the band, since the family had already moved to Denver. The female Bennetts enrolled in the Shamrock School of Irish Dance, eventually luring her husband Bill to join them. When the Shamrock School moved out of town, its adult students were left without a home, so Molly started the Denver Ceili Club for informal Irish group dancing and was also a founding member of the City of Denver Pipe Band's Irish Dance Section.

As her daughters advanced up the competition ladder in Irish dancing, they reached the point where they needed the beautifully embroidered solo dresses which girls and women wear. With the "I can do that!" spirit she has always had, Molly made the dresses herself and then turned it into a business. Her company, It's Knotwork to Me, Inc., produces school costumes and solo dresses for a nationwide clientele.

In 1996, Molly earned her accreditation as an Irish dance teacher, a "TCRG" in the jargon of the trade, allowing her to enter her students in sanctioned competitions. That fall, her 8-hand team won first place in Adult Mixed Ceili at the Western Region Oireachtas, the regional competition.

Molly and her family founded their Irish dancing school for all ages, the Heritage Irish Stepdancers, in 1998. In the summer of 2000, they built their own studio complex, the Friendship Irish Dance Center in SE Denver. The Bennett School was formed in January 2002 following a split in Heritage.

Molly has stayed active in Irish music and teaches classes and workshops at the Swallow Hill Music Association, the California Traditional Music Association, and other groups. She and two friends produced an album of traditional bawdy ( but not vulgar) songs, "The Bawdy Beautiful". She also teaches introductory classes in Irish dancing through Colorado Free University several times a year.

So, Who is Molly, Anyway?

Music - the Soul of Dance

Irish dancers, like dancers the world over, take music and turn it into beautiful, skillful and coordinated motion.  Molly Bennett, who was a world-class Irish musician before she became a dancer, teaches traditional music as well as dancing.  She offers instruction in tin whistle, concertina, bodhran (Irish drum) and bones.

Bennett School dancers are encouraged to study music, particularly Ireland's rich and ever-growing tradition of music, as a cultural experience in its own right as well as a vital contributor to their success as dancers.  Music, whether performed by Molly or one of our other accomplished musicians, is an important element in many of our shows.