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. 

Lauren danced competitively for many years, travelling all over the U.S. and to Ireland for competitions, including the North American 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 has 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 loves kids, and is currently an Education and English double major (with minors in Spanish and Linguistics) at Macalester College in St. Paul. 

Substitute 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 Life Skills Instructor at a day program for adults with special needs, and assisting and substitute teaching classes at Rince na Gréine.

Business Manager

 

Kim was a dance mom for fifteen 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 and 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 for 32 years.  Besides Lauren, Kim and Michael also have a son, Tyler, who is 23.

© 2020 Rince na Gréine Irish Dance

Lauren and Kim Adams-Plehal

1414 Mainstreet, Hopkins, Minnesota, USA

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