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 currently studying for my A.D.C.R.G. in order to become an official adjudicator for Irish dance Feiseanna.
I 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.
Kayce Long T.C.R.G.
I started dancing at the age of fourteen under the direction of Muireann Ni Chiara. I competed on the Regional, National, and World Championship levels. I started teaching Irish dance at the age of sixteen. I earned my T.C.R.G. in September of 2013 certifying me to teach Irish dance. I retired from competitive Irish dancing in 2008.
In my career I have had the opportunity to train and perform with some of the greatest talents in the Irish community, including: Gaelic Strom, Eileen Ivers, Natalie MacMaster, Echoes of Erin, and Jean Butler. In 2009 I performed with the modern dance company, ExtrACTION.
In 2011 I married my husband Brandon Long, and in 2013 I earned my bachelors in Psychology from The Ohio State University. I am proud to be a teacher at the Irwin Academy of Irish Dance.
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.
Kate Baily- President
Sam Klunk- Vice President
Bethany Fitzgerald- Secretary
Bob Irwin- Treasurer
Ed Yingling- Assistant Treasurer
If you are a parent and would like to share your fundraising ideas or want to volunteer for an upcoming event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kayce and Katie at the Dublin Irish Festival 2015!