Mary Beth Taylor, TCRG
Registered Irish Dancing Teacher, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha
Director, Irish & Sean-Nós Dance Dublin
Mary Beth Taylor is a sean-nós dancing teacher and a registered Irish dancing teacher, or TCRG, with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. The child of an Irish mother (Phil from Galway) and an American father (Bob from Idaho), Mary Beth grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been living and dancing in Dublin since 2002.
A dancer and educator with more than twenty years of experience, Mary Beth is in high demand as a performer, tutor, and choreographer. Along with running regular weekly classes in Dublin, she has danced all over the world, having taught and performed throughout Ireland, the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Oman.
Along with dancing for enjoyment, Mary Beth is deeply involved with charity fundraising through performance. Since 2012, she has hosted bi-annual dancing and music events in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland in honour of her mother, Philomena, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
A two-time recipient of the Arts Coucil of Ireland's Deis award, Mary Beth is the creator of two popular instructional DVDs, Sean-Nós Dance for Everyone and Sean-Nós Jigs for Everyone. As a dance teacher, Mary Beth has been praised for her ability to break down rhythms and movements into manageable learning 'chunks' so that dancers of all levels can progress at their own pace, building their repertoire step by step.
Along with teaching dancing, Mary Beth is a Cambridge DELTA and CELTA-qualified English language instructor, with over 15 years’ experience. She has taught at Dublin City University, Maynooth University, University College Dublin, Wellington Institute of Technology (New Zealand) and Columbia University’s American Language Program (New York). She is experienced in working with students of all ages and particularly enjoys integrating dance with language learning.