Kevin Doyle is a National Endowment
for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.
He achieved this highest honor awarded to an American traditional artist, as a dancer devoted to and inspired by steps brought to the United
States by his Irish born mother in the the 1930s. Doyle is a delightful, compelling performer of old style traditional Irish step dance and American
tap dance. A lifelong dancer and performer, 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 as an artist, a choreographer, producer, and teacher.
Kevin is available for:
- solo performance & collaborations
- lecture/demo (The Irish Roots of American Tap Dance)
- artist-in-residence & school programs
- private or group lessons
- drum circles
Kevin receives National Heritage Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts.
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I commend NEA for selecting Kevin Doyle to receive our nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Kevin is an elite
artist with a common touch. He makes Irish step dancing look easy, but he is someone who has poured many years of hard
work, sweat, and soul into honing his craft. I think it is great that he is being recognized on a national stage and making Rhode Island and our Irish-American community proud.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Chairman
Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior (oversees federal arts funding, including the NEA's annual budget)
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Kevin Doyle joins an elite list of NEA National Heritage Fellowship honorees who have drawn national attention and added luster
to the inimitable traditional and folk arts create by the Irish American community in the United States.
— Earle Hitchner, noted Irish music author and critic
Doyle's seemingly effortless athleticism is a joy to behold...
— Boston Irish Reporter
... magically conveying youthfulness...
— The Boston Herald
...[a] powerhouse stepdancer... 'What a great guy he is,' [Brian] O'Donovan [producer of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn] says of
Doyle... '...here is a guy who is as fit as a fiddle, literally. He's just unbelievable. He's got an extraordinarily professional approach to the dance, and boy, can he dance!'
— The Providence Journal
... watching him perform with a spring in his step whether it was Irish step dancing or tap dancing, either style convincing you
he was 'born to dance.'
— Irish Voice, New York