About our tcrg
It all started when...
Natasha began Irish dance in the summer of 2000. After watching the production of Riverdance in the living room of her family home she was eager to demystify the beauty she saw on stage. With the encouragement of her sister and mother she joined them in what became a lifelong journey.
She trained competitively under the Haran Irish Dancers from 2001 through 2005. She enjoyed participating in local productions and coordinating local performances with the school. She completed these activities while building a solid foundation in Ceili and traditional Irish dance. Also during this time, she attended the annual summer workshops of Trinity Irish Dance, under Mark Howard. From 2002 through 2005 she assisted in the Haran Irish Dancers weekly classes, teaching the folk art that won her heart.
In 2006 Natasha began to pursue her competitive goal to attend Oireachtas. Se began studying under Jim Mueller and Lauren Crow-Mueller of An Daire Irish Dance Academy. During her time with An Daire she became an understudy for instructing Irish dance. This experience laid the foundation for her future TCRG pursuit (Irish Dance teaching certificate “Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha.”). This was an intense study time as she attended classes weekly in Spokane, Otis Orchards, Wenatchee, WA., and Boise, ID., and occasionally Portland, OR.
Natasha’s Irish dance journey pivoted to Germany when she married a member of the US Airforce. Moving to a new country she took a year off dance. Realizing dance was still a big part of her life she found a school and mentor to continue her passion. Mary Sweeney, Tir na nOg Irish Dance School, kindly coached and included Natasha in the Irish Dance Community of Europe. In November of 2010 in Dublin, Ireland she sat her first teaching exam. After returning to the US in 2011 she reunited with the Haran Irish Dancers and completed her teaching certification at the Phoenix exam of 2016.
In June of 2016 she and her sister had the courage, hope and spirit to fulfill their lifelong dream of starting their own certified Irish dance school. An Misneach Sionnach Damhsa, MSD Irish Dance Academy is the culmination of a non-traditional Irish dance student sharing her Irish dance journey.