Teachers share love of dance, personal successes with students
The youngest of seven children, Eileen and Coleen were first exposed to Irish dance when they went along to lessons with their older siblings. Their parents, Brian and Bridie, immigrated from Ireland and all seven children took Irish step dancing lessons with Chicago legend, Pat Roche.
As the two youngest advanced, they went on to dance with great success under the tutelage of Dennis and Margie Dennehy. They also danced with Michael Flatley when he opened his school in Chicago after winning the World Championships. When Michael closed the school to tour with the Chieftains, June Butler of the Butler Academy in Toronto, Canada took over the school and commuted to Chicago.
Coleen won the Mid-American Oireachtas consistantly with the exception of one year. She is a North American National Champion and World medal holder.
Eileen was the undefeated Mid-American Oireachtas Champion for 11 years in a row. She was the 2 time North American National Champion and placed at World’s every year she competed.
Both sisters have performed with The Chieftans on Chicago news casts, for Mayor Richard Daly and in concerts all over North America. Both are also accomplished fiddle players who were taught by Chicago’s, Liz Carroll.
Coleen and Eileen received their TCRG’s in 2001 and began teaching in their home town of Hinsdale, Illinois. They opened their new dance studio in 2006 in Westmont, Illinois. Classes are also offered in Hinsdale and Chicago. They have consistantly developed their students from beginner up to World Championship, All Ireland medalists and Regional Oireachtas Champions to name a few within the last 6 years.