- Category: Dancers
Established in 1982, Cross Keys School of Irish Dance has an enrollment of over 100 students ranging in age from 4 to 17. The school is under the direction of Kathleen O'Carroll A.D.C.R.G. Kathleen, whose parents are from Ireland, was born and raised in Chicago and has been dancing since she was five years old. She competed in the World Championships in Ireland in 1976. Since the beginning of the school, Cross Keys has seen their numbers grow as well as their level of competition and accalades. Cross Keys has consistently had success at all the major competitions, Oireachtas winners, Top 10 at the Nationals, and World Medal holders. The teams of Cross Keys have also had success at the major competitions, including placing Top 10 at the World".
Former Cross Keys dancers, at the championship level, return as instructors and maintain Cross Keys commitment to a low teacher/pupil ratio. These former dancers have competed and placed at the Nationals, All-Ireland"s and World competitions, which gives our current dancers years of experience in a winning tradition.
- Kathleen O'Carroll, A.D.C.R.G. is the director of the school and has been since its founding.
- Tricia Hurley, TCRG has been an instructor with the school since 2003, when she finished competing with Cross Keys.
- Katie Kerrigan, TCRG has been an instructor since 2003 when she finished competitive Irish dancing. She went on to perform in shows such as Celtic Tiger and Lord of the Dance, and continues to perform on tour.
- Siobhain Martin has been an instructor since 1995, when she finished competing.
- Brenda McVeigh, TCRG has been an instructor with the school since 1998.
- Nicole O'Hare, TCRG has been an instructor since 2003.
- Betsy Parsons has been an instructor since 1999.
- Maura Winters, TCRG has been an instructor since 1998.
The school believes that every dancer is an important individual. We believe that Irish Step Dancing is a marvelous medium for the transference of all that is noble and good in Irish culture. The children learn self confidence in being able to master their particular dance and perform for others. They enjoy the camaraderie of their friends and learn to develop those qualities needed for successful teamwork.