The Irish Dance Podcast

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Julia Topper is an adjunct professor of ethnomusicology at American University, freelance writer for the Feis App and Irish Dancing Magazine, piano teacher, Irish dancer, and assistant teacher at the Culkin School of Irish Dance in Maryland. Sh
Irish Dance Theatre’s mission is to create, present and preserve exceptional Irish Dance through performances, training, education and community engagement to the widest possible audience. Our gaol is to be an internationally celebrated cultura
Pat Roddy grew up in a family immersed in Irish Dancing with parents Tony and Úna both teachers and Úna an adjudicator.For both Pat and his sister Níamh,it was inevitable that they would both dance and compete. He is an Ulster,All-Ireland and 2
Katherine Monahan, author of the children’s book, Irish Dancer: Oireachtas, started Irish dancing at the age of 9. She worked her way up to the Open Championship level under the direction of Margaret Prendergast. She eventually reached her goal
Founded in Lexington in 2015, the Bluegrass Ceili Academy brings more than a decade of Irish dance teaching experience and ceili expertise to Central Kentucky. Academy director and native Lexingtonian Megan Moloney studied Irish dance for nearl
 Marilyn Abraham is the co-founder of Celtic Thunder Academy of Irish Music and Dance in Ontario Canada.  Now in its 11th year,  Celtic Thunder offers a wide array of Irish dance & music lessons, workshops, camps and performance opportunities t
Russell J.  Beaton, SDCRG, born in Boston, Massachusetts, at age ten began studying Irish dance in Boston with Mary Costello Madden, TCRG. He competed throughout New England and the New York area in both solo and team competitions.  He was awar
Maggie Wilkins began Irish Dancing at the age of 9 with the Ni’Fherraigh O’Ceallaigh School of Irish Dance in Newmarket and Bradford, Canada. During her 9 years with the studio she competed locally and internationally. At 18, Maggie was accepte
Tyler Schwartz is the 2013 Senior Men’s World Champion.  He has also won championships all over the world, such as the All-Ireland, All-Scotland, Great Britain, and North American Championships. Most recently, Tyler has been named “Man of the Y
One of 11 children born to Irish/Canadian immigrants in Boston, Michael Smith began his Irish dance career as a ‘tag along’.  Never officially enrolled in the class, he joined his sisters on Saturdays so they could look after him. Sitting quiet
Fauna Gille began Irish dancing at age 14 and quickly found success at the regional and national level. After graduating high school and qualifying to compete in the World Championships, Fauna retired from competitive dancing to begin running h
Myriam Patiño was born in Mexico City in 1980 She started her dance career at age 8 through classical ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance system. Started teaching when She was 16 years old to help my parents to pay for her dance lessons.
Hannah Redlich – in her words … I truly believe artists are not confined to simply depicting the world around them, but may in fact shape the world itself. At the age of 15, this realization spurred my interest in filmmaking and opened my
JASON OREMUS: Former lead of Riverdance, co-creator of the award-winning dance company HAMMERSTEP and five-time solo National Irish Dance Champion, Jason is originally from Sydney, Australia. His choreography and creative work have received cr
Barbara Blakey O’Brien ADCRG Barbara is a teacher and adjudicator with a thriving studio in Calgary AB. Her school, Blakey O’Brien has enjoyed a lot of competitive success, including producing the first World Champion for Western Canada in Gl
Cormac O’Sé was born and raised in Dublin, where he began playing traditional Irish music on piano accordion at the age of 6 while also studying classical music until he was 16. Traditional music was always his passion, in particular playing
Kate Spanos, Ph.D. is a dancer and dance scholar from Washington, DC who has been practicing Irish dance since childhood. She also practices jazz, capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dances, Afrobeats, and traditional West African dance. As a scholar,
FEIS App Co-Creator Liam O’Sullivan – of Anton & Sully – started playing the button accordion at the age of 11 and after winning numerous titles he ventured out into professional performance with the folk band
Josephine Brennan King ADCRG / BG   Josephine Brennan King, based in Ireland, is an internationally recognised performer, teacher and choreographer of Irish Dance.  With more than 30 years of Irish Dance experience, her unique approach marries
Jamie Hodges started Irish Dancing at the age of 8 in his hometown of Bristol, England. During his competitive career his solo achievements included top 5 placement at a national level, top 10 internationally along with being a 5 x World Champi
Courtney Jay has been dancing for over 20 years. She trained for 12 years under Sheila Stevens and she found her love for Irish dancing and passion for teaching. Courtney decided to attend college at the University of Limerick where she earned
Erin Pride, has served as the Dance Director at Rosa Parks High School of Fine & Performing Arts for the past 14 years. She received her BFA in dance from Montclair State University, Master degree in Dance Education from New York Universi
Katie Grennan is a familiar face in the Irish dancing community as both a TCRG and feis musician. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she grew up dancing for the Burke School under the direction of legendary instructor, Tessie Burke an
A native of Portland, Oregon, Jim Mueller is a Western US Regional Champion and three-time qualifier for the World Irish Dance Championships, placing 2nd at the North American Championships and 4th at the All-Irelands. He spent 1999 and 2000 to
Ronan Morgan has had a long and successful career as a dancer, starting at the young age of four. He qualified for the World Championships 8 times and won an impressive array of trophies and awards, most notably 2nd place in the Great Britain I
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