O'Grady Quinlan Teachers
O’Grady Quinlan Academy teachers have undergone extensive training required to pass the rigorous TCRG Certification administered by An Coimisiun le Rince Galeacha, the largest Irish Dance organization in the world.
An Coimisiun, established in 1927, prides itself on the high standard of testing that goes into becoming a certified teacher. It was An Coimisiún that first established a standard for Irish dance teachers, and later for adjudicators. This extensive certification process is not required for all Irish Dance organizations.
An Coimisiún has grown the world of Irish dance, publishing a handbook of Céilí dances, and established Oireachtas an Rince (The World Championships). Irish Dancing is ever growing, with nine Regional Councils overseeing a vibrant Irish dancing scene in Ireland and Britain and organizations such as the I.D.T.A.N.A. in North America, R.T.M.E. in Mainland Europe, A.I.D.A. in Australia and T.I.D.A.N.Z. in New Zealand. The influence of An Coimisiún continues to spread throughout the world and they can proudly say there are active classes in continental Europe, in South America and as far away as South Africa.
O'Grady Quinlan is proud to be the only certified school in the Lehigh Valley that is registered with An Comisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, home to 8 TCRG and 1 ADCRG.
Meet our teachers
Colleen Quinlan Schroeder
Colleen began dancing in 1992 at the age of twelve and instantly fell in love with the art form. She was soon competing in Regional and National Competitions…
Maureen O’Grady White
Maureen brought the passion of Irish dance to the Lehigh Valley, after earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree from Lehigh University.…
Katherine Skehan Baillie
Katherine began dancing at the age of 3 at the Cora Cadwell School of Irish Dance. During her 14 competitive years of Irish dance, she won many championships…
Stacie first started Irish dancing with the Sheehan-Gormley School of Irish Dance at age 11. She later joined the O’Grady Quinlan Academy at age 15. During her years…
Teresa began dancing at the age of 10 under the instruction of Colleen Schroeder. She began her competitive career at age 12 and by age 13 she had…
Joanie Feeney Ohrt
Joanie started Irish Dancing at age 6 and was immediately hooked. Being part of a military family, Joanie moved a lot, making dancing difficult to keep up with…
Erin Green Postel
TCRG, MPH, CHES
Erin began dancing in 1994 at the age of 7 under the instruction of Maureen O'Grady and immediately fell in love with the art. She continued in her following years…
Cody Kleppert Knoop
Cody started dancing at the age of 8 under the instruction of Maureen O'Grady and later with the O'Grady-Quinlan Academy after the merge. He has excelled in competition:…