The Irwin Academy of Irish Dance
Katie Irwin Henry T.C.R.G.
I began Irish Step dancing at five years of age under the direction of Ann Richens and John Timm. Over the course of my career, I have competed at the Regional, National and World Champion levels. I was ranked 5th in the Mid-West, 11th in the Nation and was a seven time World Championship qualifier.
I began dancing professionally with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2000. The cast toured Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Australia, and much of the United States. In 2003 I joined the famous Trinity Irish Dance Company from Chicago. With Trinity I toured Japan, Costa Rica, Alaska and the United States. I retired from professional dancing in 2007.
I am now happily married to my husband Justin Henry, and have one son, Tyler and one daughter, Teagan. I completed my T.C.R.G., certifying me to teach Irish dance to children and adults in January of 2010.
I am the lead instructor and founded the Irwin Academy of Irish Dance with the support of the Irish community in central Ohio. I am proud to be the owner and teacher of one of the most respected forms of dance in the world!
On tour with Lord of the Dance troupe 2 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
On tour with The Trinity Irish Dance Company.
PADDI is Irwin Academy's non- profit organization. It stands for Parents And Dancers Dedicated to Irwin. This group is made up of our entire school. It keeps the parents and dancers involved with The Irwin Academy and the Irish community. Their mission is to support the dancers at Irwin Academy. They fundraise throughout the year which helps us hold events, host holiday parties, purchase costumes, and offset additional cost to further the dancers instruction and experience.
Kelly Fitzgerald- President
Angelique McCown- Vice President
Bethany Fitzgerald- Secretary
Bob Irwin- Treasurer
Jen Roose- Assistant Treasurer
Irwin Academy's mission is to teach Irish step dance in a safe and effective learning environment while encouraging children and adults to enjoy and appreciate Irish culture. Irwin students are surrounded by peers who share similar goals and are committed to Irish dance. Your goals are our priority, whether your interest is increased involvement with your Irish Community, exercising, competing or professional dancing,
or just to have fun!