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About Us

Flying Irish dancers sitting in a circle with their feet together; you see the feet, in poodle socks or black tights & ghillie, in the center of the photo. At edges of photo some purple costumes with gold & green embroidery can be seen

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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Our Staff

Flying Irish instructor smiling, wearing a bowler hat
Instructor Tatiana in a blue satin dance dress with white embroidery, lots of rhinestones, wearing poodle socks & hard shoes with rhinestone buckles; hair is in a curly long wig, with rhinestone tiara; she has on a blue ribbon sash & is holding a globe trophy

Mary-Sarah O’Hanlon retired from teaching after 34 years. 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. She earned her TMRF from CLRG in 1991. She is a certified TCRG and ADCRG. She was a founding member of Rince Tuatha Nua.

 

Mary-Sarah's background as an Irish Dancer, aerialist, circus arts and yoga instructor has informed the Flying Irish's culture of dancer safety, clear instruction and top notch performance skills. She continues to work behind the scenes as the Flying Irish adminstrator.

Tatiana O'Hanlon started dancing as soon as she could walk--running onstage at 16 months to show off her reel with the other Flying Irish dancers. 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. and was the first person to complete RTN's Grade Exams. Tatiana began helping teach classes when she was 12 and is now the main Irish Dance instructor at the Flyiing Irish.

 

Tatiana graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fitchburg State University in 2022, double majoring in film & photography. She is a photographer who specializes in weddings and portraits. You can view her art at O'H Productions

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Kim Sweeney is the newest addition to our Flying Irish staff. Kim danced with the Smith-Houlihan Academy as a child, and her desire to share her love of Irish Dance with her daughter brought her to the Flying Irish. She has a degree in Elementary Education and teaches preschool. She is thrilled to combine two of her passions in the Little Leprechaun classes.

Flying Irish's copyrighted image of 2 hard shoes, one showing top of shoe, one showing the bottom, with straps in air above shoes
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