Dance Director, Instructor

 

Lauren started dancing at age four - doing the usual tap, ballet and jazz - then saw Irish Dance in her recital, tried a one-week Irish Dance summer camp, and the rest is history!

She has performed all over the Twin Cities, for crowds from small retirement homes to 7000+ people at the Xcel Energy Center, and on the main stage at Irish Fair with Scottish/Irish trad band Mànran.

Lauren danced competitively for many years, travelling all over the U.S. and to Canada and Ireland for competitions, including the North American Open, the Canadian Open, the Irish Open and the World Championships.  In February 2020, Lauren came out of retirement for one last competition and became the 2020 CRN Under 21 North American Champion!

Lauren spent most of her career dancing under the auspices of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (the National Dance Association of Ireland).  She began studying to be a certified Irish Dance teacher in 2016, and in March 2020 she became just the eighth person in the U.S. (and the youngest American) to be fully certified with CRN!  Lauren has taught Irish Dance since 2014, from Littles to Champions, including coaching and choreography for performance and competition teams.

 

She  is a proud member of the Irish Music and Dance Association (IMDA), and received their Decade of Dance Award in 2016.

Lauren is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Irish Dance Studies with the University of Limerick's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.  In 2021she graduated from Macalester College with a double major in Education and English (and minors in Spanish and Linguistics).  She is also certified through the American Red Cross in adult and pediatric First Aid / CPR / AED. 

Instructor

 

Margaret started Irish Dancing at age 12.  She danced for six years, performing around the Twin Cities and competing throughout the U. S. and in Ireland at Worlds in 2014.

Margaret took some time off from dancing during college, but during her senior year, decided to return to competition, and at Nationals 2018 she became the U23 North American Open Champion! 

 

A few months later, after graduating from Augsburg College with a degree in Special Education, Margaret decided to concentrate on training to become an Irish Dance teacher with Cumann Rince Náisiúnta.  She moved to Ireland in 2018 to train with adjudicator/instructor Ann English.  While in Ireland Margaret competed in the Irish Open and World Open Championships.  She is currently halfway through her CRN teacher exams, having achieved the designation TMCRN in 2019. 

Margaret is now back in Minnesota, working as a Support Coordinator at a day program for adults with special needs, and teaching at Rince na Gréine.  Margaret is certified in First Aid and CPR. 

Instructor

Julia is an Irish Dance Champion who has been dancing since age 7 and teaching Irish Dance since 2017. 

Julia has competed at local, Regional and National levels, and has taken the Canadian Open Championship in Winnipeg two years running!

 

Performing is also a big part of Julia's career.  She has performed for many years around the Twin Cities area, including on stage with the trad band Ring of Kerry.  In summer 2020 Julia was accepted to and attended the Riverdance Summer School which culminated in a performance with current Riverdance cast members!

Julia says, "Irish dancing is one of the most important things to me, and being able to share my passion with young dancers is incredible. I hope to help young dancers grow into amazing, talented athletes, and also inspire them to chase their dreams!"

Instructor

Elin Eve started Irish dancing at the age of four, and she’s been dancing ever since. 

 

Elin began competing with Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN) as a solo dancer, and as part of ceili and figure teams, in 2017.   She became a World Qualifier at 14.  In February 2020, at the CRN North American Championships in Minneapolis, Elin achieved one of her personal Irish dance goals: attaining Craobhgrad status and becoming a champion dancer, when she placed first in the U17 Ardghrad Championship. 

 

Elin received the Minnesota Irish Music and Dance Association (IMDA) “Decade of Irish Dance” award in 2019.  She always enjoys performing in the community; some of her favorite memories are performing annually at the Day of Irish Dance (at the Landmark Center) and at the Irish Fair of Minnesota. 

 

Elin is a senior at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park; she also takes PSEO courses at University of Northwestern, St. Paul.  She is employed part-time at Café Zupas in Maple Grove. 

 

She enjoys singing, as well as playing flute and ukulele.  She spends her free time reading, paddle-boarding, playing with her 3 cats, watching movies and favorite tv series, and spending time with her friends. 

 

Elin loves being part of the Rince na Gréine Irish Dance family and is excited to join the teaching staff.  

Instructor

 

Lillian has been Irish dancing since age 5, and competing with CRN all across the United States since 2017. She qualified for the World Championships in 2019 at the Canada Feile. 

 

Lillian also really enjoys performing. She has performed for many years around Minnesota, including with the band Ring of Kerry and at the Irish Fair of Minnesota.  In summer 2020, Lillian was accepted to and attended the Riverdance Summer School, where she got to learn numbers from the show from current Riverdance cast members! She went on to attend the Riverdance Christmas Experience in 2020, the Riverdance summer school again in 2021. 

When she isn’t at school or dance, Lillian likes to go outside, play her violin, train her dog Ernie, and choreograph with her sister, Julia.

Instructor

 

Chrystal started Irish dancing at age 40, and her interest quickly snowballed into competing and teaching. As an Associate Member of CRN, she taught beginner and intermediate dancers from ages 3 to 60. She has a special love for performance choreography and team dancing. 

 

A highlight of her Irish dance career was serving as the Assistant Coach for the Loring Leopards Irish dance team, an after school program at the Loring Community School in North Minneapolis. She has also taught adaptive Irish dance to adults with developmental disabilities. 

 

Chrystal was also an Irish dance mom for more than a decade. (She recommends "spin pins" to keep that wig on!) Outside of Irish dance, she works at the ICA Food Shelf, and tutors English language learners in both the Minneapolis and Osseo school districts. She has two grown daughters, and lives in Excelsior with her husband Mark and dog Cricket. 

Business Manager

 

Kim was a dance mom for seventeen + years, so she understands what the parents of our dancers want and need.  She has managed a couple other dance studios and is thrilled to be fulfilling her dream of running an Irish Dance studio with her daughter, Lauren.

Kim graduated from St. Olaf College with a double major in French Language and French History & Civilization, and later got her Master's in International Management (MIM) from the University of St. Thomas.  She is currently the Office Manager for Animal Adventure in Hopkins. 

Kim has been married to her best friend since 1987.  Besides Lauren, Kim and Michael also had a son, Tyler, who died in 2021 at the age of 24.  They miss him every single day.

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Margaret Schmitz
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Elin Eve Youngquist
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Chrystal O'Hanlon
Business Manager Kim Adam-Plehal