I grew up taking Irish Step Dancing in the years of 1986-1995. I took dancing for Richens Academy in Columbus, Ohio. Back in the day when I took it there was only one dance academy in Columbus, Ohio. Now in 2011, they have grown and I even have two friends who started their own company in Columbus, Ohio. Talk about going full-circle. They are the Regan-Rankin Academy in Columbus, Ohio. http://www.reganacademy.com/MISSION.html
I competed throughout the mid-west for all of my Irish dancing career and the Chicagoland market was huge and very competitive. Most of the years that I grew up taking Irish Dancing the competitive and popular Irish Dance group that was in Chicago was Trinity Irish Dancing
Trinity has performed on numerous tv shows; Johnny Carson, the movie "Backdraft" and WGN, The Today Show and many more.
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