Aka-dove Rink-ah

Acadamh Rince (pronounced "Aka-dove Rink-ah") means "Dance Academy" in the traditional Irish language. Our studio has been leading Irish dance in Utah since 2009 and currently offers lessons for new beginners wanting to enjoy the art of traditional step dancing, through champions seeking world titles. Located in the city of Murray Acadamh Rince specializes in traditional Celtic solo and ceili dancing. Dancers in our classes range from ages 5 years to adult, and are offered many opportunities in performance, competition, teaching training and charity work. 

 

Acadamh Rince is staffed with licensed instructors through An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) in Ireland; the oldest and largest governing body of Irish dance in the world. Acadamh Rince dancers train weekly with our esteemed team of local instructors. Each of our instructors brings their diverse expertise to create a professional, safe and knowledgeable atmosphere for dancers in our studio looking for a fun extra circular activity or training to become a top world level athlete.

Amy (Webber) Stanfield

TCRG / Owner

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, A.D.C.R.G. Her family moved from the New England area out west in the late summer of 2003, where they settled in Sandy, UT.  

Over the next 6 years Amy continued her Irish dance career by assistant teaching for some of the top schools in the United States. 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 success 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 Irish Dance World Championships the majority of her dancing career, holding multiple recall medals.

Amy was married to her husband, Marcus, 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 longtime dream of owning her own school, Acadamh Rince. In 2012 Amy teamed up with Caroline Greene-Parfery, A.D.C.R.G., from Glasgow, UK, to provide elite level training and choreography for students and teachers of Acadamh Rince. Amy is also a graduate from the University of Utah with her bachelors of science in Anthropology, enjoys traveling all over the world with her family, and races (running, cycling, swimming and triathlons) on the weekends.

Together Marcus and Amy run Acadamh Rince business in hopes to further promote the growth of Irish dance culture in Utah with their amazing team of teachers, students and dance parents.

Clare (Duignan) Masterson

TCRG

Clare began dancing at 7 years old in Salt Lake City. She took ballet, tap, jazz, and even gymnastics. At the rip old age of 10, she began dancing with the McTeggart School of Irish Dance in 1996, and has been addicted ever since. Under the direction of Maureen McTeggart Hall, A.D.C.R.G., Clare competed in solos and teams throughout the U.S., and assisted in instructing classes for the Utah branch of the McTeggart School.

 

In addition to the McTeggart School, Clare has danced, competed, and been a teaching assistant of the Crawford School of Irish Dance under the direction of Jill Crawford, T.C.R.G. and An Daire Academy of Irish Dance under the direction of Jim Mueller, A.D.C.R.G., and Lauren Crowe-Mueller, T.C.R.G.

 

Clare has had the opportunities to receive instruction for the likes of Jean Butler, Joel Hannah, Anne Hall from McTeggart, Ellie and Michael Maguire from the Maguire O'Shea Academy in England, and Leslie Wilson from Scoil Rince De Danaan in Canada.

 

Clare competed at the regional and national level, until April 2010, when she competed at the Irish Dance World Championships in Glasgow. Later that year in October she sat and passed her T.C.R.G. exam on the first try.

 

In addition to competition, Clare has performed with and for numerous groups and events throughout her career, including The Chieftans, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Young Dubliners, Cherish the Ladies, the Utah Symphony, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Clare danced with a local Irish band, The Donegal House Band, and was on the Utah Performing Arts Tour for two years. She has also had the pleasure of dancing with Chris Naish from Fusion Fighters, Cara Butler, and Donny Golden.

 

In 2011, Clare moved to New York City for graduate school and taught with the Niall O'Leary School of Irish dance until she moved back to Salt Lake at the end of October 2013.

 

Clare has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah, and a master's in publishing from New York University.

 

Clare loves teaching all ages and levels. Her passion is drilling dancers in proper technique over and over and over... She thoroughly enjoys teaching for Acadamh Rince and loves being a part of the team.

Katie (Register) Cummock

TCRG

Katie began her dance career at the age of 3, taking ballet lessons from Norma Anderson, the first ballet dance instructor in Bountiful, Utah. After developing a hatred of tights at a very young age, Katie took a break from ballet and then took lessons in Scottish Highland dance for a short time. Katie finally began Irish dancing at the age of 12, under the direction of Maureen McTeggart Hall, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.

 

She trained and danced under Mrs. Hall’s tutelage for seven years. During this time, she quickly advanced to the championship level and was competing at the regional championship level within two years of starting her training. After dancing with the McTeggart School of Irish Dance, she danced with the Crawford School of Irish dance under the direction of Jill Crawford, T.C.R.G., a former McTeggart Colorado dancer. During this time, Katie was afforded many opportunities to continue competing at a regional and national level, progressing to the highest level of Championship – Open Champion. She also attended many master classes and workshops in the Western U.S. and Canada, receiving instruction from talented instructors and dancers such as Anne Hall from McTeggart, Ellie and Michael Maguire from the Maguire O’Shea Academy in England, and Leslie Wilson from Scoil Rince De Danaan in Canada. This diversity of formal training greatly improved Katie’s dance skills on all levels. Her own technique improved, and she was also able to experience new teaching and training methods.

 

In addition to competition, Katie also had many performance opportunities. She performed multiple times with the Utah Symphony, The Chieftains, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, and danced at many events for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She danced with a local Irish band, The Donegal House Band, and was on the Utah Performing Arts Tour for two years.

 

Katie has been assisting with teaching for almost her entire Irish dance career. She loves working with all ages and all levels, and loves to see dancers progress and gain confidence – both as dancers and as people. Katie is very excited to be a part of Acadamh Rince.

Keriann Noble

Performing Club Director & Producer of "An Irish Evening"

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.

After graduating from Cedar High, Keriann continued to take ballet and jazz at Brigham Young University, but was forced to retire because of a knee injury. She earned her degree in Fashion Merchandising and graduated from BYU in August of 1995.


Keriann’s interest in Irish dance was peaked when a friend called her from across the country and told her he’d seen a show on PBS with a dancer that looked just like her! He sent her Riverdance on VHS, and she immediately started picking the steps off of the screen. It would be a few more years before she would see a six-week Irish dance class offered in a community program, but it only took one class to hook her! She attended her first formal Irish dance class in September of 2002, and has since gone on to perform, compete, choreograph, and teach. In 2007 she won a regional championship with an adult team at the Western Region Oireachtas.

Keriann is excited to be a part of the Acadamh Rince team.

Nathan Last "Mental Nate", MS

Sports Psychology

Nathan is a passionate Mental Performance Trainer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He holds a Master of Science in Exercise & Sports Science with an Applied Psychosocial Aspects of Sport/Sport & Performance Psychology concentration. As the proud owner of Mental Grit Consulting, where he is dedicated to helping athletes, coaches, program directors, and parents of youth athletes attain their true performance potential in sport, school, and life. When he isn’t training athletes, Nate enjoys reading sci-fi, piloting drones, ceramic pottery and triathlon. (He has successfully completed numerous 70.3 Ironman Triathlons to date.) Most importantly, Nathan loves spending quality time with his lovely wife, children, and dogs.

For more information on Nate and Mental Grit services please visit https://www.mentalgritconsulting.com/

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