The co-directors of Dunleavy Shaffer, Suzanne Dunleavy McDonough and Theresa Shaffer Wilkinson, were both introduced to Irish dance at a very young age by their Irish grandparents, and grew up immersed in Irish culture. Both began teaching while still students themselves, and each has over 15 years of teaching experience. For Suzanne and Theresa, the unique tradition of Irish dance was a very positive, family oriented, challenging activity. Because of this, their focus as teachers is to pass this wonderful gift on to new generations of dancers. Dunleavy Shaffer offer opportunities to compete and perform for all students even during their first year. Some students become very interested in competing, and we have many solo and team dancers who have succeeded at an elite level. Others rarely compete, but love the art form and its cultural value, or simply delight in the sheer joy of dance. Classes are small and focused on building students skills and confidence at the same time.
Our Mission is to teach Irish dance to children of all ages in a positive environment. We aim to develop strong dancers, teach teamwork and foster friendships among our students. We teach Irish dance as a tradition, a sport and an art form, and encourage our dancers to pursue these aspects through classes, performances or competitions. Most importantly, our goal is that students will gain confidence, be inspired and have fun!