Welcome to Painter Larson Academy of Irish Dance!


Who We Are

PLAID is an Irish dance studio located in Fullerton, CA in Orange County. We offer Irish dance classes and lessons for Children (ages 3 and up) as well as Adults. Our studio teaches traditional Irish step-dancing, which is the form of Irish dancing that big shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance use for their choreography. Most of our dancers train for competitive Irish dance, while others dance for recreational purposes or to participate in small and large-scale shows put on by PLAID or other functions. We take great care in educating our teachers in sports psychology techniques, injury prevention, proper exercise and stretching routines, and much more to ensure the health, performance, and well-being of our dancers.

About the Owner

Michelle Larson, the owner, choreographer, and head teacher of PLAID, has had a long history with Irish dance. She began dancing at the age of four and eventually became a Regional, National, and World Championship level dancer and competed until the age of twenty-one. In 1990 Michelle earned her teaching certification, or TCRG. Since then, Michelle has gone from a small studio located in her garage to a full-sized studio in downtown Fullerton. She has trained several world champion-level dancers over the years and still continues to do so.

Michelle is also a Pilates instructor and fitness trainer specializing in athletic training and enhancement for Irish dancers. She is currently developing a fitness program for Irish dancers in her spare time and offers her knowledge and expertise to her students on a regular basis.

(For more information on Michelle Larson, click here)

Become a Part of PLAID!

To join, simply click here to reach our contact form, call us at (714) 526-8900 or send an e-mail to Info@LarsonIrishDance.com to set up your FREE LESSON.

Our studio is located in Downtown Fullerton, and information on our beginner classes can be found here. Feel free to stop by during business hours if you would like to watch or to have any questions answered in person.

Have questions or concerns? try our FAQ! if you still have questions, feel free to contact us.

Some of Larson’s Dancers