Kathleen Dwyer, TCRG
began her Irish dancing career at the early age of 5 with Ann Richens in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to those classes, Kathleen had the opportunity to practice at home under the watchful eye of her late Aunt Tess Donnelly, who started teaching Irish Dance in Dayton, OH in the late 1950’s at the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Kathleen first competed at the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland in 1983 at eleven years of age. In 1986 Kathleen transferred to the Hoswell School, affiliated with the Dayton Hibernians. This school later became the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance in 1987. She continued her competitive career qualifying for the World Championships three more times. Kathleen made the trip in April 1990 to dance again at the World Championships in Cork, Ireland. She continued to be a competitive dancer during her college years, dancing as a soloist and ceili team member at the Regional Championships until 1997.
Kathleen graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management in 1995. In March 1998, Kathleen received her official teaching certification (TCRG) from An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the Irish Dancing Governing Board in Ireland. She was co-director at the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance for 13 years. In December 2011, Kathleen opened the Dwyer School of Irish Dance. She started the school to offer multi level training programs tailored to each dancers needs. This individualized approach will accelerate dancers to achieve their highest goals.
In November 2018 she was honored to be elected to the IDTAMA Ethics committee.
Kathleen was selected by the Cincinnati Arts Association to judge at the 2013 Annual Overture Awards Scholastic Competition held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. She judged those applicants presenting Irish Dance as their discipline. Kathleen was very honored to have been selected for this prestigious Regional Scholarship competition. She has been asked once again to judge the Annual Overture Awards Scholastic Competition to be held at Northern Kentucky University in January 2018.
Her teaching ability and passion for Irish Dance has helped dancers compete successfully at local competitions, the Regional Championships, the North American Championships, and the World Championships with top five finishes at all of these prestigious events.
Kathleen is a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America, Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, and An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. In keeping with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha child protection policies, Kathleen was successfully vetted by Asurint. She and her husband, Shane, live in Centerville with their two sons, Sean and Aidan. Kathleen plans to continue what her Aunt Tess started almost 50 years ago, sharing the love of Irish Dance and culture with children of all ages.
Erin Rosati Ryan, TCRG
was introduced to dancing by her mother, Mary (Stoff) Rosati. Mary began Irish dancing at eight years of age as a student of Tess Donnelly. Erin’s parents started her in dance classes at the age of six with the Nugent School. She later transferred to the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance and danced as a student of Kathleen Dwyer. After fifteen years of competing at the regional, national and world levels, she went on to perform in several shows as a professional Irish Dancer throughout the US. These shows included, “And They Called it Ireland” and “A Little Bit O’Ireland” at The Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin, and a brief tour with Dancing on Common Ground. She also worked as a counselor for five summers at Camp Rince Ceol (Irish Dance camp) in the Catskill Mountains, New York.
Erin graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She currently resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio with her husband Sean and works in Risk Management at the corporate offices of Abercrombie & Fitch.
In October 2011, Erin received her official teaching certification (TCRG) from An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the Irish Dancing Governing Board in Ireland. Erin is a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America, Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, and An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. In keeping with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha child protection policies, Erin was successfully vetted by Asurint.
Megan Dunn, TCRG
began dancing at the age of 9 at the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance as a student of Kathleen Dwyer. She competed at numerous regional and national competitions, as well as the 2009 World Championships.
Megan is a 2014 graduate of the University of Dayton. During her time at UD, she was co-president of the University of Dayton Irish Dance Club, helping grow the club both in membership and recognition on campus. Megan choreographed the routine that the club competed with at the first Intercollegiate Irish Dance Competition at Villanova University in 2013. UD Irish Dance won the competition, setting the bar for collegiate Irish dancing. She also helped to plan UD’s first annual Intercollegiate Irish Dance Competition, first held in 2014. Megan has choreographed and performed group dances for multiple UD events – including her favorite, UD basketball games!
Megan has also danced under Sandra Connick, at the Lynn-O’Grady-Quinlan-Connick School, in Charlotte, North Carolina. In January 2018, Megan received her official teaching certification (TCRG) from An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the Irish Dancing Governing Board in Ireland. Megan is a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America, Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, and An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha.
When Megan isn’t teaching classes at Dwyer, she is teaching 6th grade Social Studies at DECA Middle School in downtown Dayton.
Dr. Hayley Ward
began Irish dance at the age of 7, and danced competitively for 14 years as a student of Kathleen Dwyer at the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance.
Hayley studied ballet for 6 years and briefly studied tap and jazz. She was an accomplished competitive Irish dancer, competing individually at numerous regional championships and achieved 5th place in the Mid-American region. She also competed at the North American Championships and qualified for the World Championships five consecutive times. Hayley competed on multiple ceili teams at the regional, national, and world championship levels throughout her entire dancing career. She retired from competitive Irish dancing after the World Championships held in Dublin in April 2011, where she danced in the Senior Ladies competition.
Hayley has taught classes for six years and has had students dance at many major competitions, including the World Championships. She is currently working on her TCRG certificate and is excited for the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion of Irish dance and culture with the students of the Dwyer School of Irish Dance.
Hayley graduated from the University of Dayton in May of 2012 and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 2016. Dr. Ward is now a resident at the University of Michigan Hospital Emergency Department. We look forward to her trips back to the studio!
began dancing ballet and tap at the age of 5. Growing up, her family immersed her in the Irish culture, but it wasn’t until the age of 11 that she fell in love with Irish dance. Meredith danced for 9 years as a student of Kathleen Dwyer at the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance. Meredith competed as a soloist and team member at several Regional Championships and the North American Championships. In 2003, she competed on a ceili team that placed 21st at the World Championships in Killarney, Ireland.
In 2006, Meredith became a trusted teaching assistant and combined her love for helping others and her passion for Irish dance. She has instructed dancers of all levels and ages, many of whom have competed at major competitions. Meredith began teaching at the Dwyer School of Irish Dance in December, 2011.
Meredith has been actively involved in the Irish community in Dayton for many years. She has volunteered for many events including local Feisanna and was previously a member of the Dayton Celtic Festival committee.
Meredith graduated from the University of Dayton in 2009 and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton in 2017. She currently works at A New Direction for Counseling LLC, and lives in Kettering with her husband, Sean and their two sons Jack and Emmet. In keeping with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha child protection policies, Meredith was successfully vetted by HireRight Inc.