The Connick School of Irish Dance was originally known as Rince Na h’Eireann School of Traditional Irish Dance, which translates to Dance of Ireland, RNE for short. It was founded in 1994 by Sandra Connick, born out of a desire to pass on the rich, cultural heritage that Irish Dance embodies to families in the Charlotte, NC area. A native of County Cork, Ireland, Sandra grew up in a family with a strong tradition of Irish Dancing. With fond memories of dancing and competing with her sisters, Sandra shares her love of dance and the gift of teaching in a welcoming, inclusive environment. More than 400 students of all ages have joined the Connick School family at 4 locations in North Carolina and South Carolina.
In 2015, The Rince Na h’Eireann (Connick) School merged with Lynn Academy and the O’Grady Quinlan Academy, joining forces to form the Lynn O’Grady Quinlan Connick Academy of Irish Dance in order to best meet the needs of her students, from New York to South Carolina. Irish Dance has increased in popularity over the years, and the need for top-level instruction and performance opportunities around the country has grown right along with it. These top performing schools have seen the need to enhance instruction for the competitive side of Irish Dancing, as well as to offer opportunities to students who opt for the performance side of Irish dancing, and have risen successfully to that challenge.
In addition to the competitive side of Irish Dance, the Connick School of Irish Dance and the Rince na h’ Eireann Parent’s Association (“RNEPA”) encourage students and their families to be of service to their communities by performing in local programs, supporting other civic organizations, and giving to the less fortunate.
Each of the Connick School’s Irish Dance teachers has a true love of dance and of children and offers a wealth of experience from her own Irish Dance career. These professionals offer the best of both worlds: expertise in the art of Irish Dance, and a commitment to each dancer as a member of the Connick School family.