Stacie Greiner, TCRG
Stacie started Irish dancing at the age of 11 with the Sheahan-Gormley School of Irish Dance. It is there that she fell in love with the artform. At the age of 14, she studied at the Quinlan Academy, which later became O’Grady Quinlan. Stacie went on to compete regionally, nationally, and internationally. She passed her TCRG in 2011 and could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Connick teaching staff. Stacie has her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University and is pursuing her Certification in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute. Making sure dancers are cross training and stretching properly is one of the main focuses in her classes.
Sandra Connick, TCRG
Sandra is a fully accredited teacher of Irish dancing, registered with An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland and is currently serving as its Vice-Treasurer. She also actively participates in the Southern Region of the Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA), currently serving as its Vice-Director. Previously, Sandra has served as Vice-President and Treasurer for the National Body of the IDTANA. Sandra is in great demand as a teacher, and her talents have been utilized by the Mecklenburg County School District in programs designed to incorporate cultural enrichment into the middle school curriculum. She also has worked extensively with the Diocese of Charlotte Catholic Schools In addition, Sandra has worked as a lecturer on Irish Dance at UNCC.
Michele Dawe started dancing at age five alongside her two older sisters in Boston, Massachusetts. Many family weekends were spent traveling to outdoor feis and road trips throughout New England, of which she has many fond memories. She was also a great supporter of her niece years later when she started Irish dancing. Michele, with her husband and two daughters, moved to North Carolina and joined the dance school Rince na h’Eireann in February, 1999. As a family, they traveled and the girls competed and medaled regionally, nationally and internationally until they went off to college. Early on Michele became involved in Rince na h’Eireann, assisting Sandra Connick, TCRG with shows, classes, camps, and feis registration. She is very excited to be a member of the Connick team!
My name is Pamela Pierce formerly Mc Guinness. I grew up in Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin Ireland. I started dancing like most Irish children at a young age of 7 and went to two different teachers and became bored with it. At age 11 I met a girl in school who told me about this terrific young male teacher she had started with and meeting him and working with Kevin Massey turned Irish Dancing into my favorite thing to do. Kevin was an amazing teacher and dancer and opened up doors for all his dancers. We had dancers like Michal Flatley at our classes every summer doing camps with us. Dancing became my life. We became involved with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, consequently doing summer shows in Dublin and overseas. I was a competitive dancer also, competing regionally and nationally. Although I much preferred shows, I continued dancing all through my school days and even when I started working. I couldn’t imagine my life without it. After many years of being married to a US military man and traveling and living in many places, my husband retired and we settled in North Carolina. I met Sandra Connick and started working with her in 1996 and have taught at RNE and Connick since then. I consider myself a patient teacher and take great pride in teaching every child to believe in themselves. Hard shoe rhythm and timing are what I love and in which I like to give every dancer a great foundation.