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 Caltra, Co. Galway) and an American father (Bob from Boise, Idaho), Mary Beth grew up in Marietta, Georgia, in the southern USA.
A dance enthusiast from a young age, Mary Beth did ballet and tap for many years before discovering Irish dancing. When she saw Irish dancing being performed for the first time - at a St. Patrick's Day church party in Georgia - Mary Beth knew that this was something she would do for the rest of her life.
Starting at the age of 15 with the Mulligan School of Irish Dance in Marietta, Mary Beth soon progressed to Championship level and competed at feiseanna and Oireachtasi throughout the United States. Upon moving to Athens, Georgia, to pursue her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, Mary Beth started her first Irish dancing class at age 19, and taught there until graduation.
After moving to Washington, D.C. for work, Mary Beth began dancing with The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance in Silver Spring, Maryland, and continued to compete and perform.
The pull to Ireland and all things Irish proved too great, however, and after two years of living in DC, Mary Beth moved to Ireland, to pursue a Master's degree in Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama at University College Dublin. Under the guidance of Mollie Farrelly, ADCRG and Claire Keane Aherne, ADCRG, she studied for her exams to become formally qualified in teaching Irish dancing. In Belfast, in 2005, Mary Beth successfully passed her TCRG exams on her first attempt (even the Irish language oral!)
Mary Beth started learning sean-nós dancing in Dublin in 2003. She was very luck to learn from a variety of talented teachers from all over Ireland, including Máire Áine Ní Iarnáin, Sibéal Davitt, Mairéad Casey, Rónán Reagan, Paul Moran, Emma O'Sullivan, Róisín Ní Mhainín, Bronach O'Neill, and Gerard Butler. After travelling to different festivals and workshops throughout Ireland, Mary Beth began to develop her own steps and style. Drawing from her background in Irish dance instruction, she began teaching sean-nós dancing in Dublin in 2005.
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.
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 taught and performed all over the world, including workshops and shows in Ireland, the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Oman.