At the Flying Irish, we pride ourselves on our quality Irish Dance programs where every student is treated as an individual. Our small class sizes ensure that dancers receive plenty of one-on-one attention and move at their own pace. Dancers and their families make friends for life while working together to make every event a success.
Flying Irish Dancers learn the history and culture of Ireland and how it relates to Irish Dance. They even learning to speak some Gaelic! Our dancers participate in the centuries-old tradition of feiseanna (Irish Dance competitions), learning both traditional and modern Irish Dance choreography in the sequence of dances that have been taught for generations. The Flying Irish belong to an Open Platform organization, where making feis friends is every bit as important as the final results.
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Mary-Sarah O’Hanlon has over 25 years of experience teaching Irish Dance, circus, and yoga. She earned her TMRF from CLRG in 1991. She is a certified TCRG and ADCRG. She was a founding member of Rince Tuatha Nua, and served on the Board of Directors of RTN as President and Secretary. She was an open champion competitor with the world-renown Smith Houlihan School of Irish Dance, ranking in the top 10 in the New England region.
Mary-Sarah has a BA in English Literature and Anthropology from Boston University and is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-500). She is certified in Variety Entertainment by The Royal Society of the Arts (UK) and performed as an aeralist, fire eater and Ringmistress with Zippo's Circus in England. Her unique background informs her teaching and choreography, making Flying Irish Dancers' shows especially entertaining and innovative.
Tatiana O'Hanlon started dancing as soon as she could walk: at 16 months she ran onstage during a Flying Irish performance to have her moment in the spotlight. She was a top ranked National competitor, placed 7th at CRDM's All Irelands in 2016 and 9th at CRDM's World Championships in 2018. Tatiana shares her knowledge of what it takes to reach the top levels of competition when she teaches at the studio. She has been helping with classes since she was 12. Tatiana was the first person to complete RTN's Grade Exams, allowing her to pass the practical dancing portion of her TCRG exam. She has also passed her written ceili exam and solo teaching sections. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fitchburg State University in 2022, double majoring in film & photography. You can view her art at O'H Productions
Libby and Keira are members of The Flying Irish Dance Troupe, our performance group, and are two of our most dedicated dancers. They are both in their sixth year at the Flying Irish, and are currently competing at the Novice level. Libby is an assistant in the Beginner class and Keira helps out with out Little Leprechauns. Their love of dance and helpful attitudes give our youngest dancers positive role models from the "big girls".