About the Director
Olivia Ryan, TCRG, is certified by CLRG, the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland and is also an active member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America. She began dancing at the age of seven with the McClanahan School of Irish Dance in Louisville, Kentucky and went on to compete at the open championship level, qualifying for and competing in events such as the Mid-America Oireachtas (Regional Championships) and the North American Irish Dance Championships. She retired from competition in 2011 and earned her official certificate in 2013 having over 5 years of prior teaching experience. After relocating to Bloomington in June 2014, Olivia is now taking the next steps towards her dream of passing on her expertise in Irish Dance by sharing her passion with the communities of Southern Indiana.
The rich traditions of Ireland can be appreciated by people of all backgrounds. The goal of the Ryan Academy of Irish Dance is to pass on this beautiful culture to a new generation of artists through music and dance, and to encourage students to share their talents with others. I believe that the showcasing of these skills, whether in community venues or on the competitive stage, instills invaluable traits such as confidence, poise, sportsmanship, focus and determination in the dancer. Through Ceili (group) and Solo dance instruction, I will strive not only to preserve the centuries-old art form that is Irish dance, but also to enrich the community and foster the grace and integrity of every student.
We share our passion through free educational showcases. Contact us for your next event!