MEET THE TEAM
BETTY SHEEHAN, TCRG
School Co-Owner Betty Sheehan has been dancing since she learned to walk. Early on, she showed an affinity for percussive dance, much to the chagrin of her mother, who long lamented her much-scuffed kitchen floor. Betty studied Irish Dancing with Marie Moore, TCRG/ADCRG, in New York, and competed at the local, regional, and national levels during her competitive career. In 2005, she sat and passed the rigorous TCRG examination, and is now a registered teacher with An Coimisiun in Ireland.
Elise wright, TCRG
School Co-Owner Elise Wright has been involved with Irish dancing for over 25 years, first as a dancer and now a teacher. She was an open champion and world qualifier, winning over 20 Australian National titles in ceili, and traveling extensively to compete and perform. Elise learned from Australian Irish dancing legend Janice Currie-Henderson, and then Geraldine French later in her career. She was the choreographer for The Signature Project during their inaugural off-broadway run in 2018. Elise is the editorial director of Irish dancing site Ready to Feis, and published the book Parade of Champions: Inspiration for the Irish dancer. In 2014, she passed the rigorous TCRG examination, and is now a registered teacher with An Coimisiun in Ireland.
john Aherne, TCRG
John Aherne began dancing at the age of 7 under the instruction of Cyril McNiff, TCRG/ADCRG, in Queens, New York. Under Mr. McNiff's instruction, and later, with the Marie Moore School, John competed in regional, national, and world championships. He co-choreographed and danced in a critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of Arrah-na-Pogue; his work was praised in the New York Times, Variety, Time Out New York, and Newsday. In 2008, he passed the rigorous TCRG examination, and is now a registered teacher with An Coimisiun in Ireland.