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 dancer and educator with more than twenty years of experience, Mary Beth has taught and performed all over the world, including workshops and shows in Ireland, the USA, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Oman.
Former Championship dancer Christine Walsh is an assistant instructor with Irish & Sean-Nós Dance Dublin. Christine’s love of traditional Irish dancing began at the age of three in Queens, New York and continued in her home county of Wexford. She has performed at many local and international events, the most notable being the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, an event attended by HRH The Prince of Wales. As an Irish dancer, Christine achieved competitive success in both regional and national feiseanna. Christine also had the privilege of performing in the 'American Wake' scene with Riverdance at The National Opera House in Wexford. Christine began learning sean-nós dancing in 2012, and quickly embraced the playful, rhythmic style of this traditional form of dance. Christine has been working with Irish & Sean-Nós Dance Dublin since 2013, and is a founding member of Ánu, the professional dance troupe associated with the school. Christine has performed as an Irish dancer and sean-nós dancer in shows throughout Ireland and continental Europe, and enjoys teaching both styles of dance. With a keen sense of rhythm, great attention to detail, and creative approach to new choreography, she is enthusiastic about sharing her love of traditional culture with dancers of all ages and skill levels.