Art & Culture

Saint Patrick’s Day Stepdances Into San Benito County

Local Irish Dancers Stepdance In Celebration

On Monday, a local Irish dance group celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with performances for San Benito county organizations.  The dancers, who practice and compete throughout the year are part of the Barnes Academy of Irish Dancing, under the direction of local resident, Allison Barnes,TCRG.  

Performances for Saint Patrick’s Day included solo and group dance showcases at the Hollister Lions Club and the Hollister Rotary Club and were received with enthusiastic applause by spectators. While the traditional Irish dancers perform at both public events and private parties throughout the year, Saint Patrick’s Day performances are always amongst their favorite.

The certified Irish dance academy has offered local classes for children and adults for over ten years. Click here to see more photos and a performance video on the Rotary Club Facebook page.



Carla Thorning is a Hollister native and mother of three. She is a Development Consultant for BenitoLink and a Realtor with Bertao Real Estate Group. She has a professional background in marketing and real estate and is also a graduate of Colorado State University. She serves as the Vice President of the Kelly Marie Freitas Memorial Fund, an endowment fund of the Community Foundation for San Benito County. BRE #01495211