The Teachers of OSID
Casey O'Connor, TCRG
began Irish dancing at the age of nine under the instruction of Eilis Rochez, TCRG, ADCRG, in Buffalo, NY. She competed in her first Regional Championship when she was eleven years old and continued to compete at local, regional, and national competitions through her teenage years. She transferred to the Ryan-Kilcoyne school upon moving to MD where she continued her championship years under the instruction of Christina Ryan-Kilkcoyne, TCRG, ADCRG.
During college, Casey studied abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway where she continued to dance with the university's Irish Dance team. In 2012, Casey opened The O'Connor School of Irish Dance and successfully passed An Coimisiun Le Rinici Gaelacha's TCRG Exam in the spring of 2015.
When she's not teaching Irish dance or playing Irish fiddle with her band, Casey works as a substitute teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools. During the summer Casey works as a counselor with the Irish Life Experience, an amazing summer study abroad program for high school students!
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Renny began Irish dancing at the age of three. Most recently, she studied under the instruction of Sheila and Liz Shovlin of the Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance in Pittsburgh from 2002 to 2012. She is an accomplished performer and competitor in both solo and ceili dancing, having competed in many feiseanna and the Mid-America Oireachtas. She is also a member and former vice-president of the Pittsburgh Ceili Club. After relocating to Baltimore in May 2012, Renny joined the O'Connor School of Irish Dance. She is now delighted to be the school's assistant instructor.
started dancing at age 7 under Annette Cribbin of the Ceanannas Mór School of Dance here in Baltimore, Maryland. Bridgid danced both Irish step dancing and Lithuanian folk dance as a child, but soon decided she enjoyed the fancy footwork and toe tapping music of Irish step dancing. After almost 10 years of dance including feisanna where she competed at the prizewinner level, Bridgid stopped dancing for over 25 years until joining the O’Connor School of Irish Dance in 2012. Bridgid brings an “old school” style of Irish dance to OSID where she enjoys sharing her love of Irish step dancing with both children and adults.