The Connick School of Irish Dance, formerly known as Rince na h’Eireann School of Traditional Irish Dance (RNE), was founded in 1994 by Sandra Connick, TCRG, who desired to pass on the rich, cultural foundation of Irish Dance to families in the greater Charlotte area. Since its founding, Stacie Greiner, TCRG, has taken over primary ownership and operations of the Connick School, continuing the namesake of Sandra for the school as a staple of the local community. A native of Milford, Pennsylvania, Stacie grew up dancing, and enjoying a successful and memorable competitive career. Now, Stacie shares her love of dance, and her gift of teaching, in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Each of the Connick School’s teachers has a true love of dance, and of her students, and offers a wealth of experience from years of involvement in the art form and sport. These professionals share not only their expertise, but also a commitment to each dancer and parent as a member of the Connick School family.
More than 400 students of all ages have joined the Connick School at our five locations across the Carolinas. With tremendous competitive success, our dancers have qualified for and competed at regional, national, and international competitions, traveling throughout North America, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, and England. In addition to competition, the Connick School of Irish Dance and the Rince na h’Eireann Parent’s Association encourage students and their families to serve their communities. Our dancers regularly perform at local schools, support other civic organizations, march in St. Patrick’s Day parades, and have danced alongside musical groups such as Gaelic Storm and Celtic Woman. With the Connick School, our goal is greatness while having a good time – come dance with us!