The McGonagle School of Irish Dance was founded in 1993 by Brenda Hamilton Coleman T.C.R.G. Irish Dance TeachersThe school is registered with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha and offers classes in traditional irish dance to children and adults. Our dancers are prepared for local and national competitions as well as for shows.

Brenda Hamilton Coleman, T.C.R.G.

Brenda (Pictured far right) is an accomplished Irish Step Dancer who trained at the world-renowned Smith-Houlihan Academy of Irish Dance. Brenda was the New England Regional Champion in her age category in 1988 and later as a team dancer she won six consecutive national titles for figure choreography. In the fall of 1990 Brenda became a certified instructor of Irish Dance. Brenda started the McGonagle School of Irish Dance (named after her grandmother) in Woburn, MA, in 1993. In September of 1994 she branched out to Nashua and the McGonagle School became the first-ever Irish step dancing school in the state of New Hampshire. The school has grown over the years from 30 pupils to over 100.

Ashlyn Rockwell

Ashlyn was a student here at McGonagle School for 12 years where she reached the highest level of competitive dancing, attending both regional and national championships. While still competing and attending college, she began working as an assistant teacher where she passed on her skill and passion for Irish dance to the MSoID students. Following retirement from competition and graduation from college, Ashlyn began teaching full time in 2013, and continues to grow the team program she initiated in 2012. She now teaches in both Nashua and Woburn.

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