Our teachers

Maura Heron TCRG

maura-heronMaura started Irish dancing at age six with the Margaret Pike School in Yonkers.  She passed her TCRG exam in July 2014.  Maura is an attorney in New York City.

Sean Fitzgerald

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Sean began dancing at age 5 with Sean Regan at Inishfree School of Dance. He was inspired after watching Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance. He started dancing with SRS in 2008 and in a full circle moment Jan 3rd of 2016 Sean went to see Michael Flatley on Broadway and got to meet the man who’s dancing inspired him outside the theater after the show surrounded by the students he now inspires daily as a teacher himself at Scoil Rince Saoirse. Sean embraces the “work hard, have fun” spirit of the school and brings out the potential in dancers at every level with his sense of both humor and kindness.

Michael Piotrowski

michael-piotrowskiMichael danced for Anne-Marie Cunningham ADCRG and Kevin McCormack ADCRG. After a successful competition career including 4 golds at European Championships (qualifiers for Mainland Europe) and other medals at Great Britain Championships, All Ireland’s, All Scotland’s, among many other majors and open feiseanna in Europe and the USA, including The World Championships, he toured all over the globe with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance,  Feet of Flames, as well as partook in their Broadway production “Dangerous Games”. Since 2009, he has been teaching regular classes and performance workshops in Ireland, USA, Austria, Germany and Poland. He choreographed and directed 3 Irish dance shows, and helped with numerous other productions. Michael has an extensive dance training in various genres including ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance, as well as Alexander technique. He draws knowledge from each form, making it fit into jig shoes, putting an emphasis on alignment for healthy and sustainable dance habits. He is a proud graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater.

Alice Ann Robinson

alice-ann-robinsonAlice Ann Robinson began dancing at age three with Maureen McDade McGrory, and her daughters, Sheila and Maureen Heather, at the McDade School of Irish Dance in PA.  She continued her studies with Sheila and Tara McHugh at the McHugh School of Irish dance, and with Jennifer McGovern and Alison Keane at the DeNogla School of Irish dance.  Alice Ann has taught Irish dance with Deirdre O’Mara since 2008.  Alice Ann’s love of Irish culture, music and dance has inspired her to share her love with the next generations.  Her competitive Irish dance career took her to regional, national, and world championships.  As a performer, she has toured with five Irish dance shows across North America and Europe.  She has a BFA in Musical Theater from The New School University, and an MA in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is currently on faculty at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in NYC.  Alice Ann would like to thank her Mom and Dad for supporting and celebrating her love of Irish traditions and cultures.  She would also like to thank Deirdre for the opportunity to be a part of a dance school that is truly focused on helping each child grow as a dancer and as a whole person.

Katie Hager

katie-hagerKatie began Irish dancing at the age of 4 with Marie Moore, and later Frank Cunniffe, in NJ. Her mother signed her up even though she expressed no interest and hated going to class. Those feelings did not last as dancing quickly became her passion. She competed internationally representing Marie and Frank in both solos and teams with dancers who have become her lifelong friends. After her first Oireachtas, qualifying for the World’s became the goal that drove her dancing career. The dedication and determination behind the sweet taste of victory, joy, and honor she felt for herself and her teachers as a qualifier is something that she hopes to be a part of with young dancers. Her proudest team achievements include winning the O15 girls 8-hand at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Oireachtas, 2nd at Nationals, and 4th at Worlds. She ended her competetive dancing career after 15 years to focus on her studies to become an elementary school teacher. She now teaches 4th grade at the Cornelia Connelly Center in NYC. She cherishes the hard work, fun, and friends that came from her career as an Irish Dancer and she is honored to work with young dancers who she hope will feel the same some day.

Liz Piccoli

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Liz Piccoli (AEA/AGMA/SDC Associate Director/Choreographer). Choreo: Assist. Director/Choreographer-Tricia Brouk, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” (Central Coast Theater), Assist. Choreographer “Central Ave. Breakdown” at NYMF (Deagu Award,) Assist. Choreographer- “Ionescopades” (York Theater/Lucille Lortel Nomination,) SDC Observer-Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Off-Broadway,) Assist. Choreo.-TVLand Awards starring Liza Minnelli and Choreographer of “Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws” Off-Broadway at La Mama with Jonathan Warman. She was the choreographer for a musical in workshop based on Pink’s album “Misunderstood,” at EAT and is very happy to be a part of the NYC Jazz Choreography Project at Alvin Ailey. Liz most recently was the Co-Director and Choreographer of “Spandex, the Musical” Off-Broadway as well as the choreographer of “Footloose” and “Hairspray” with the Ohana Arts Project in Oahu, HI