Philip Owens, ADCRG, was a champion Irish Dancer who started dancing at age of five in Dublin, Ireland. He was a member of the traditional Irish group that performed at the Braemor Rooms in Dublin and toured with the group throughout Ireland and England before spending a year performing as the resident traditional group at The Inverurie Hotel in Bermuda. He received his teaching diploma in 1980 and continued on to receive his A.D.C.R.G. certification to adjudicate Irish dancing. He was one of the first grade examiners of An Coimisiun. Philip is a fluent Gaelic speaker who has taught at many Irish language schools throughout the Dublin area. Prior to moving to the US, he taught at the renowned Naomh Padraig School in Dublin which has produced many All Ireland, North American, Great Britain and World Champions. He has continued building on that success here in the United States with many Regional and National winners. Philip is a well respected member of An Coimisiun (Irish Dance Commission) and is the former Chairman of the Rules Committee of CLRG. Philip has adjudicated worldwide at all of the major competitions and now will add Australia to the list of those countries. He is also a member of Conradh na Gaeilge (Gaelic League).
Terry Gillan, ADCRG, started dancing at the age of six in Glasgow, Scotland under the instruction of top teacher Myrna Kennedy and enjoyed great success as a dancer. He received his teaching diploma in Dublin in 1979 and also successfully received his adjudicator's diploma. He is a grade examiner with An Coimisiun, one of the first in North America and is a former Vice President of An Coimisiun. He has adjudicated at many competitions, including the All-Ireland, World, North American and Australian National Championships. He started a successful teaching career in Scotland prior to moving to Dublin where he continued to enjoy great success on an international level while teaching with the Naomh Padraig School. He is the former Regional Director of the New England Region and also the former Oireachtas Chairperson for An Coimisiun. Terry was one of the leading organizers of the World Championships in Philadelphia and the main organizer of the last two World Championships in Glasgow and Dublin. He was also the leading organizer of the World Championships that took place in Boston in 2013. Terry worked last year as one of the coordinators for the Irish dance Commission for the recently released JIG – the movie and in fact stars in it also. He is one of the teachers of the 2010/2013 Boys Under 15/18 World Champion.
Catie Thorne, TCRG, started her Irish dancing career in Danbury, CT at the age of five.
In the late 1990's she was introduced to the teaching talents of Philip Owens and Terry Gillian and from there the rest is history.
She placed in the top 10 in all 10 New England Regional Championships, placing as high as 2nd, qualifying for the worlds 5 times.
She competed in many North American, All-Ireland and World Championships for solos as well as teams.
Under the training of Philip and Terry, she earned her TCRG in 2011 on the first attempt.
Catie is a 2010 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Geoscience and is currently working full time in Danbury. Catie is excited to join Terry and Philip and the entire Gilleoghan family and looks forward to sharing her love of Irish culture and dance throughout the world.
Matt Mulvey, Senior Teaching Assistant, attended his first dancing class at the age of ten in Newtown, CT. Quickly realising his love for Irish dancing, he was then introduced to Philip Owens and Terry Gillan to help make his dancing dreams into a reality.
Three years later, Matt went on to qualify for his first World Championships, placing 4th at the 2004 New England Oireachtas. This marked the start of his steady climb to on achieving his dancing goals. After consistantly placing in the top 5 in solos and teams, his guidance and determination landed him on the top box in 2009 (Mens 18-20 Champion) and 2011 (Senior Mens Champion).
On a national and international level, Matt has competed in numerous All-Ireland, World, and National championships. Matt was able to retire in 2013 having danced on a Senior Mixed team with a National title and world medal placement of 6th. His solo career commensed after recalling 27th at the 2013 World Championships and 12th*WQ at the 2013 National Championships.
Working alongside Terry, Philip and Catie as a Senior Teaching Assistant has been an amazing experience for Matt. Learning the necessary knowledge and skills from his mentors, as well as a proper balance of passion and discipline for dancing, Matt is preparing to take his TCRG exam in the Fall of 2013.
Matt is currently working towards earning a bachelors degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Science which he began at the University of Delaware and will finish at Western Connecticut State University in the Fall of 2014. Matt aspires to further his health-related education by earning an associates degree in physical therapy. He belives that the physiological aspect of dancing is vital to training in order for dancers to achieve their dreams safely and healthily.
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