From toddlers to teens, our instructors create a safe but fun environment for Irish dancing. All instructors are previous championship level Irish dancers, are first aid certified, and believe that confidence and enthusiasm create the finest dancers.
Mairead O’Brien T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G., Director
Mairead began her dancing career in Toronto with both Paula Woodgate and later Rose Fearon. After moving to Vancouver, she danced and taught for the Comerford School where she continued to compete at the highest levels including the Western Regionals, North American and the World Championships. Though successful in competition and performing, her passion was with teaching where she could share her enthusiasm and energy. Mairead opened her class on Vancouver Island in 1995 while attending the University of Victoria and has taught on the island ever since.
Outside of dancing Mairead is a certified fitness instructor, a teacher with the North Vancouver School district and can be found mountain biking or having fun with her family.
Crystal Lewis T.C.R.G.
Crystal began Irish Dancing at the age of six with the O’Brien School of Irish Dance on Vancouver Island. She had watched Riverdance, wanted to give it a try, and the rest is history! Through the years her love of learning and performing increased, as well as taking part in many levels of competition, of which some of her accomplishments include: qualifying for the Worlds for eleven consecutive years, placing in the top 20 at North American and All Ireland Championships, and top 30 at the World Championships. Crystal has also had the opportunity to perform with different artists, such as The Chieftains, The Barra MacNeils, and Ashley MacIsaac, to name a few. For fifteen years, Crystal’s love of Irish Dance grew, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to teach and share this love of Irish Dance with others. In 2014 Crystal took and passed her T.C.R.G exam, and is now an instructor for the dance school she grew up in, teaching classes in Victoria and Duncan. One of her favorite things about dance how it teaches important skills for all of life: team-work, commitment, perseverance, and passion; but also the incredible dance-family she has gained! When not dancing, she loves to spend time with her husband and their families, being active outside or playing music. Crystal also enjoys working as a certified fitness instructor at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.
Carolyn Robinson T.C.R.G.
Carolyn began Irish dancing at 8 years old with Magdalene Stewart and later danced for Tony Comerford, Terri Heckmann and Mairead O’Brien. Carolyn spent the majority of her career dancing for the O’Connor O’Brien School of Irish dance where she competed for almost 20 years at high caliber competitions including The World Championships, North American Championships, All Scots, Great Brits, All Ireland’s, and Western Canadian Regionals. Since retiring from competing in 2015, Carolyn took and passed her TCRG exam and now shares her love of Irish dance with new generations as a teacher at the O’Brien School of Irish Dance in Ladner, BC. Outside of dancing, Carolyn teaches grade 7 in the Surrey School District.