Our Teachers

Aisling O'Malley, TCRG

 

Aisling started Irish dancing in Boston, MA at the age of four under the O'Shea-Chaplin Academy. She successfully competed for over 14 years regionally, nationally and internationally at World Championship level.

 

Following her years of competitions, Aisling started to dance professionally joining various dance shows including both 'Irish Thunder' and 'Emerald Beat' at Busch Gardens directed by the O’Shea’s based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2006 Aisling also toured Japan with 'Trinity Irish Dance Company'. Lastly, Aisling toured with 'Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance' Troupe two as the principal good girl role, Saoirse. She has toured all over the world in countries such as South Africa, Israel, Brazil, all over the United States, and various countries in Europe including performing several times at the Palais des congrès in Paris. Aisling has also toured Taiwan four times with 'Feet of Flames' where she had the privilege of dancing on stage with Michael Flatley for over 15,000 people.

 

While touring with 'Lord of the Dance' in 2010, Aisling took the T.C.R.G. exam and became a certified Irish Dance teacher with the Irish Dancing Commission, An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelaca, in Dublin, Ireland.

 

In addition to performing in shows, Aisling has instructed at Camp Rince Ceol, an Irish dance camp located in New York and California, where hundreds of children from all over the US travel to learn new skills in Irish Dance. 

 

After touring for over 7 years, Aisling performed her last show in the spring of 2013. It was while on tour that she met her husband, Kevin. Aisling and Kevin opened the doors to their school in September of 2014. They reside in Lakewood and have two boys, James and Colin.

 

Kevin O'Malley​

 

Kevin O'Malley started Irish dancing in Cleveland when he was 8 years old, first for Peggy Cannon and later for Bobby Masterson. He has won or placed in many regional and national competitions, and has also competed in Ireland numerous times for the World Championships.

 

Upon graduating high school, he auditioned and was chosen for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance in 1999. Since then, Kevin has performed with the show in over 25 countries throughout the world. In 2001, he was also selected as a prinicipal dancer in the show. His last show with Lord of the Dance was in January 2011 in Paris France.

 

Kevin is pleased to be instructing with the O'Malley Irish Dance Academy and is currently studying for his TCRG certification.

 

In addition to teaching Irish dance, Kevin also works as a Firefighter for the city of Cleveland and is a registered nurse.

 

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Teresa Seeman-Buck, TCRG

 

Teresa Seeman-Buck has been involved in Irish Dancing for the past 35 years. Over her long and successful competitive career, Teresa placed in the top 3 in the Midwest Region, has many North American finishes, and qualified for the Worlds 6 years. Teresa retired from competition in 1999 and focused on teaching dance and obtaining a college degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, Teresa became a Preschool Director and Teacher at St. Mark’s Lutheran School for 2 years before she started a family of her own.

 

Teresa enjoyed teaching Irish Dance with Tim O’Hare for 13 years and was excited to start her new journey with the MacConmara Academy in 2009. She earned her teaching certification with the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland, and is now a registered teacher with the Mid-American Region and North American Irish Dance Teachers Association.

 

Teresa’s enthusiasm for Irish Dance motivates her students to be the best they can be. Her competitive and professional experience helps students achieve their personal and competitive goals.

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Brenna Gibbons

 

Brenna grew up in the Cleveland area and began dancing at the age of five. She first danced under the instruction of Bobby Masterson and, after his retirement, danced with the Brady-Campbell school. She danced competitively for over 13 years, competing in numerous regional championships. Brenna is a graduate of Ohio State University and works as a Nurse Practitioner at a private primary care practice. She is happy to have returned to the Irish dance community as a teacher with the O’Malley Irish Dance Academy for the last 3 years.

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Claire West

I grew up in West Park and started taking lessons at age 5 at the Masterson School (along with Kevin). I competed for about 10 years up to the championship level. My favorite part of dancing throughout my childhood was traveling to competitions with my fellow dancers. Going to new cities was always an adventure! 

Today I live in Bay Village with my husband, Jeff, and our three daughters. I enjoy being back in the dance studio to teach and continue to be a part of our Irish culture.