Eileen Westernacher is a qualified Irish dance instructor under the Commission of Irish Dance in Ireland. She fell in love with Irish dancing at the age of 6 and went on to enjoy a successful 21 year career as a competitor and perfomer. She spent two years touring Europe, Asia and North America with Rhythm of the Dance and the world-renowned show Riverdance.
Some accomplishments include two-time Eastern Canadian Irish Dance Champion, top five in North American Irish Dancing Championships, and placing 17th in the World Championships.
She danced for many years with the Gregoire School of Irish Dance as well as the Butler-Fearon O'Connor School under the tutelage of Rose Fearon and the late June Butler.
Teaching is her passion as she is currently a primary school teacher and enjoys working with children of all ages. She encourages students to be the best that they can be inside and outside the classroom.
Rhythm of the Dance, 2008
Irish dancing has a very positive impact on the lives of children. It promotes physical fitness and teaches valuable life skills. Your child will learn the qualities of being a dancer and a performer. Some of these include poise, confidence, discipline, stage presence, muscle strength and control, bodily awareness, determination, and developing a sense of pride. These invaluable skills can be applied to other aspects of life. Irish dance is a very beautiful and artistic traditional art form that has been evolving since the 18th century.
Irish dance classes are a great place to make new friends and work together as a team. It can allow a child to work toward a personal goal and show dedication doing something they love. Although choosing to compete and perform is optional, it is encouraged. There are opportunities to compete solo or as a team. Dancing at a feis is an exciting opportunity to showcase what has been learned and to understand what to work on for next time.
Irish dancing can be the perfect sport for that energetic or timid child. It is for anyone who enjoys this beautiful, wholesome art form.
Aroon performing at the Harlem Globetrotters game, 2017