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Besides having four great teachers and assistants in Raleigh, dancers are also supported by an outstanding and reputable team of six teachers in Charlotte, who also teach at the other locations; Raleigh RNE dancers have the option to travel to Charlotte for Saturday classes, special classes and workshops.
|Lisa Clark, TCRG|
|Lisa is the lead teacher of the Raleigh Rince na h’Eireann (RNE) school of Irish dance. Lisa has danced, trained and taught under Sandra Connick (TCRG and director of all six RNE school locations) for the past 6 years. Surprisingly, Lisa did not start out as an Irish dancer, but as a competitive springboard diver and competed in National and International Diving competitions in her ten year career. She made the NCAA Division I National Collegiate All-American All Star Diving Team for all four straight years. She also just missed qualifying
(by two tenths of a point) for the Olympic trials to represent the U.S. Olympic Diving team in the 1988 Olympic games. Lisa was fortunate to be trained by three Olympic diving coaches over her years of “living at the pool” and she brings invaluable training and experience to the table in her preparing Irish dancers to be strong competitors. Lisa always had a dream to be a dancer, but knew she didn’t have the time with her diving training. So after life slowed down a bit in her adult life, she took her first Irish dance lesson and has been hooked ever since. She entered the competitive circuit as an adult Irish dancer and then entered the senior ladies competitions for a more competitive challenge. She competed for 8 years and after finishing her last Irish dance competition at the North American Irish Dance Championships in 2007, she decided it was time for her to hit the books and start studying for her TCRG exams. Lisa is honored to be representing one of the top ranked Irish Dance Schools in the Southern Region. >> More...
|Colleen was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both of her parents are from Ireland and it was very important that they raised her brothers and herself with Irish culture, therefore, they registered Colleen in Irish dance. Colleen started Irish dancing with the McDade School of Irish Dance in Pennsylvania when she was four years old. It began as a fun after-school activity but as she improved, she began taking it more seriously and competing at competitions twice a month. She started competing in the Northern Oireachtas
when she was 10 years old. She competed at the Open Championship level and she has danced with The Chieftains, Natalie McMaster and a very successful Irish band up north called Blackthorn. She stopped dancing when she was 17 years old and left for college to pursue an Education degree. She continued with Irish dancing by teaching private lessons. She worked with two families whose daughters have gone on to win top 3 at the Northern Oireachtas and have placed at World Irish Dance Championships in Ireland. Colleen is pursuing her TCRG and she will be taking the exams next fall. She currently teaches Kindergarten here in Raleigh, tutors 1st graders after school and teaches with Rince na h’Eireann during the Tuesday’s classes. >> More...
|Haylee started dancing with Rince na h’ Eireann in Charlotte, N.C. when she was five years old and competed until age 18 when she graduated high school. Haylee's mom, Michele Dawe, is one of the amazing Irish dance teachers at RNE Charlotte - so she comes from a long line of Irish dancing! Throughout her very successful competitive career, Haylee medaled nationally and internationally, competing at numerous Oireachtas, Nationals, All-Ireland Championships, and World Irish Dance Championships as both a soloist dancer and as a teams dancer. Haylee is now a junior at Elon University in Burlington, NC studying
Accounting. She is also very involved with cross country and track for Elon. However, she continues to help teach Irish dance when she is home in Charlotte on breaks and over the summer and now we are so honored to have her assistance at the Raleigh Location too! >> More...
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|Patrick Quinlivan, TCRG|
|Patrick travels to Raleigh three times a year to conduct his workshops with the Raleigh RNE dancers. Patrick began dancing with Rince na h’Eireann (RNE) at the age of 6 years old and has competed with RNE for the last 15 years. In January of 2012 Patrick received his TCRG (certification to teach Irish Dance) and is now a full time teacher with RNE in Charlotte. Over the course of his competitive career Patrick has medaled at the National, All Ireland, and World Dancing championships, the most prestigious awards being 4th at the Worlds in 2005
and 3rd at the Nationals in 2010. He has also won the Southern Region Oireachtas eight times since 2002. Patrick’s love and passion for Irish Dance can be seen every time he steps into the dance studio and enjoys nothing more than to share his talents with the next generation of RNE dancers. >> More...
|The Raleigh RNE dancers are supported by a fabulous staff of teachers in Charlotte - Sandra Connick-TCRG, Patrick Quinlivan-TCRG, Audrey Burr, Pam Pierce, and Michelle Dawe. All of these teachers bring their passion for Irish Dance to the classroom not only in their excellent instruction, but in their care and compassion for the dancers. With their years of experience with sending countless dancers to the North American Irish Dance Championships, All-Ireland's, British Nationals and the World Irish Dance Championships (and many medalists indeed!), it is no wonder that the Raleigh RNE dancers look forward to either
their Saturday training in Charlotte or the moral support at competitions. Sandra, the Director of RNE, is a native of County Cork, Ireland. She grew up in a family with a strong tradition of Irish Dancing. With fond memories of dancing and competing with her sisters, Including Audrey Burr, Sandra shares her love and dance and gift of teaching through RNE ( which opened in 1994 and has grown to serve over 400 students of all ages through six (6) locations across the Carolinas). Sandra is a fully accredited teacher of Irish Dancing, registered with An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha, Dublin , Ireland. She actively participates in the Southern Region of the Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) and serves as Treasurer for the National Body of the IDTANA. >> More...