Casey O'Connor, TCRG | Director, main Instructor
Casey 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, she opened The O'Connor School of Irish Dance and successfully passed An Coimisiun Le Rinici Gaelacha's TCRG Exam in the spring of 2015.
Casey now works on OSID full time but has also worked as a substitute teacher in BCPS, and a nanny. During the summer Casey still works as a counselor with the Irish Life Experience, an amazing summer study abroad program for high school students (apply today!)
Ms. Maria Kirchner |Little Beginners Teacher
Ms Maria began Irish Dancing at age 8 and continued to dance competitively until she was 20 year old. She was an assistant and substitute teacher at Ryan-Kilcoyne School of Irish Dance along as the lead choreographer for the school's performance group. Today both Maria and her daughter, Bella, dance at OSID! Miss Maria will be teaching all Mommy & Me, Tiny Toes, and Little Beginner Classes at OSID next Fall!
Emily Brown | Beginners 7+ Teacher
Ms Emily began various dance forms at age 3! She has danced a number of principal roles in ballet productions such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake!
She was a member of Campbell’s Dance Expressions, a respected performance and competition dance team in AZ, for 11 years.
Ms Emily was first introduced to Irish Dance in 1996 at a Riverdance workshop, and now shares her love of Irish Dance with her daughter who also dances at OSID! Ms Emily will be teaching all our Beginners 7+ next fall!
Miss Megan | Assistant Teacher, Private Lessons Instructor
Megan began dancing under the instruction of Miss Casey in 2012, she is an OSID dancer through and through! Our younger dancers absolutely adore her and her leadership skills shine through when she's instructing a class! Megan is enthusiastic about Irish Dance and is looking forward to working with our dancers this year!
Miss Kira | Assistant Choreographer, Private Lessons Instructor
Kira works extremely hard as she makes her way to meet her Irish dance goals. She is a true student of Irish Dance and learns as much as she can whether it's from Miss Casey, other dance friends, or even Instagram! Her exposure to different moves and willingness to try new things result in great choreography! She will be assisting with solo step choreography this upcoming year!
Renny, Bridgid, & Kay
If you are an adult Irish dancer you may be taught your first steps by Renny, Bridgid, or Kay! Renny and Bridgid both grew up Irish dancing, Renny starting at age 3! Kay is Casey's mom and has been dancing in the adult class for years now! These ladies have brought their own styles to OSID and have shown so much support over the years, we wouldn't be the same without them!
Casey O'Connor, TCRG
Megan & Kira at the Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Parade
Renny, Casey, Bridgid, and Kay at the TCRG graduation in Scotland