Rebecca McGowan performs, choreographs, and teaches traditional Irish dance. With a strong foundation in step dancing, her dancing also draws on the musicality of older-style and sean-nós dance, the grace of soft shoe, and the joy social dance traditions. Rebecca has performed at the Kennedy Center, in WGBH’s “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” and at numerous festivals on the east coast. She currently performs with duet partner Jackie O'Riley, in Kieran Jordan Dance, and in a variety of collaborations. As a child, Rebecca began dancing with Clare Sullivan, and as an adult studied with Kieran Jordan and the Culkin School. Rebecca has been on the faculty of the Catskills Irish Arts Week, Pinewoods Camp, and CCE MAD Week, and directs a non-competitive step dancing program for all ages based in Cambridge and Arlington.
Madeleine Frasca started Irish step dancing at age five with the Goulding School of Irish Dance in Medford, MA. Madeleine performed and competed in solo and team competitions all over the New England Region and United States as well as in the 2013 World Championships. Since retiring from competition, Madeleine has refocused on her love of the musicality, artistry and diversity of Irish dance and enjoys developing her own contemporary style within the rich traditions of the form.
Hannah DeRusha is a lifelong Irish dancer. She grew up competing and performing with the Griffith Academy in Wethersfield, CT, where she attended the North American Irish Dance Championships and was part of the Griffith Celtic Dance Company. Since moving to Boston, Hannah has explored the more traditional aspects of Irish Dance, including old-style step dancing, sean-nos, and set dancing with Kieran Jordan, Jaclyn O'Riley, Patrick O'Dea, and Michael Tubridy. She also has a background in improv comedy. Hannah's choreography has been showcased at productions in the area including the Boston Celtic Music Festival, Green Street Studios' Titania, the MIT Dance Troupe, O'Riley Irish Dance, Miss Louise's School of Dance, and Melrose Irish Fest and she has performed often with Kieran Jordan Dance. Hannah holds a Master's degree in early childhood education and has been teaching Irish Dance to children and adults for over ten years.
McKenna has been dancing since she was 3 years old, but began Irish dancing at age 12. She spent many years training at Drumcliffe Irish Arts and has competed at the regional, national and world championship level. For the past few years, she was a dancer and choreographer in the Northeastern University Dance Company and also helped to start the Irish Dance Club of Northeastern University.
Originally from Connecticut, Helen Schmidt has been an Irish dancer for 14 years, having competed nationally and internationally at the Open Championship level. She competed with the Gray School of Irish Dance in Connecticut until 2015. Before graduating from Tufts University in 2017, she danced and choreographed with the Tufts Irish Dance Team. Over the years, her love of dancing has grown to include ballet and various forms of Indian dance. In her free time, Helen enjoys taking photographs, drinking coffee, and traveling.
Nicole Homerin, a native of Chicago, began Irish Step Dancing at the age of 8 years old. She competed and performed throughout the Chicagoland Area with Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. After leaving dance during high school, she returned to dancing upon transferring to Boston University in 2012. She was a member and dance captain of Step About Boston, Boston University’s Irish Dance Club. After graduating in 2015, Nicole attended a Michael Tubridy workshop hosted by Kieran Jordan and instantly fell in love with learning various styles of Irish Dance and regional variations and history of dance. Nicole is a student in Kieran Jordan’s Intermediate/Advanced Irish Dance class and has performed in several performances with Kieran Jordan Dance. Nicole enjoys combining her love of educating young children with the joys and beauty of Irish Dance!