Our highly qualified instructors, Amy Stanfield TCRG and Bekah Wheeler TCRG, have brought more dancers into open championship status, and have trained the most world qualifying soloists, than any other school in Utah or Idaho.
We pride ourselves in not just the results, but through our heavy influence in both past and present students' journey from grade level to champion.
Wherever you want to go with Irish dance we can take you there.
A New England native, Amy started her dance career at the age of 4 years with ballet and tap classes. A few years down the road she started taking Irish dance classes at the age of 8 with the Gray School of Irish Dance in Connecticut. From that point the rest is history.
She continued her Irish dance career with the Broesler School of Irish Dance in New York, competing in both the New England and Mid Atlantic Oireachtas in Solos and Teams, placing in the top three multiple years in solos at the New England Oireachtas. In 2003 Amy placed as high as 2nd place in the North American Irish Dance Championships, the highest placing North American in her competition, under the direction of Kevin Broesler. Her family moved from the New England area out west in the late summer of 2003, where they settled in Sandy, UT.
Over the past 6 years Amy continued her Irish dance career by assistant teaching for some of the top schools in the country! In 2004 Amy became Utah's first Western Regional Champion under the direction of Fearon O'Conner School of Irish Dance! She then continued her regional sucess winning 2 additional solo titles in 2006 and 2008 with the Claddagh Irish Dance Company. Amy has also qualified in both solos and teams for the world championships the majority of her dancing career, holding multiple recall medals.
In December 2007 Amy was engaged to Marcus Stanfield, and was married in July 2008 in the Salt Lake City Temple. In January 2009 Amy took her TCRG test and past in her first attempt. On March 25th, 2009 Amy followed her long time dream of owning her own school and opened the Webber Academy of Irish Dance, along with her family, in her home town Sandy.
Together Marcus and Amy run Acadamh Rince Sandy business in hopes to further promote the growth of Irish dance culture in Utah.
Want to know what we do? check out all our dancers performing in action from St. Patrick's Day 2011
Born in Tucson AZ, Bekah Wheeler and her family relocated to Idaho at the age of 10. Being invited to a dance class with a friend, she started Irish dancing when she was just fifteen years old, with the Treasure Valley Academy under the training of David Chase. With a bit of a late start, it did not hold her back from her passion of dance. With that passion came determination she learned how to develop a mentality of perseverance. Through that journey she was inspired to start teaching with just one year of dancing under her belt.
In 2004 Treasure Valley Academy switched hands and Bekah continued her extensive training in dance and instructing with the Trinity Academy. In 2006 Bekah took her certification and became a lead instructor for Tiernan in Boise Idaho.
Along side the support of her parents and dance families, Bekah has put together the Boise Feis by the River and continues to thrive and deliver the best opportunities for children to compete in Irish dance in the Western region.
Alone with teaching Irish dance, Bekah shares her love and joy for life by teaching preschool in a local school.
“Children inspire me to be the best teacher and friend that I can be.”
Her love and commitment to see children reach their goals grows with every class she teaches.
Keriann is a Utah native who began dancing at age 5, taking tap and ballet from a local studio in Ogden. At the age of 12, she moved with her family from Ogden to Cedar City, where she was able to broaden her dance horizons by taking classes from a retired professional ballerina from Winnepeg, a former Las Vegas show dancer, and a national champion in jazz dance!
In high school Keriann dabbled in theater. She was a featured dancer in Cedar High’s production of Guys and Dolls, and played Jean MacLaren in Brigadoon, which gave her the chance to learn a little bit about Highland dance. She was also the assistant choreographer for the play, giving her the opportunity to put together and teach tap numbers to the leads.
Keriann is excited to be a part of the Acadamh Rince team.
Amy Stanfield UT TCRG
Rebekah Wheeler ID TCRG
Keriann Noble (UT Instructor)
Marcus Stanfield (Management/Tuition)
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