Jennifer De Menezes-Robitaille has been teaching since 2005. Before teaching, Jennifer was a highly competitive Irish Dancer who was a World competitor for ten consecutive years. Jennifer competed in many overseas competitions before becoming the lead dancer in both the Spirit of Ireland and Magic of Ireland. It is with this experience, Jennifer is able to bring a different flavor to choreography and irish dance. Her passion for Irish dance is well known and shines through in her wonderful ceili choreography which is displayed at shows and the end of the year Hooley as well as through the many competitive dancers dancing under her instruction.
Katie Reilly is a qualified Irish dance instructor (T.C.R.G) under the Commission of Irish Dance in Ireland (C.L.R.G) since 2013. She fell in love with Irish dancing at the age of 10 and went on to enjoy Irish dancing with a successful 15 year career as a competitor and perfomer. She has competed in Canada, the United States and Ireland.
She danced for the Grant School of Irish Dancing as well as the Butler-Fearon O'Connor school, under the instruction of Brigid Grant, Brian Grant and Rose Fearon. After obtaining her teaching qualifications, Katie worked with the Miller School of Irish dancing, teaching and choreographing under Maureen Miller. She ran Reilly Irish Dance for 4 years and joined Jennifer in 2020.
Irish Dancing became an even larger part of her life when her mother, Susan, and herself opened their Irish Dance dress design business in 2008 (www.valeofavocadesigns.com). Designing and creating Irish Dance dresses allowed Katie to learn more about the art form and better her own performance.