JENNIFER Hogan Roxburgh, the founder of the Irish Dance Village, was delighted recently to welcome one of world’s top Irish dancers to join her team.
New Yorker, Kelsey Schuhle (above), will bring her talents and skills to the Irish Dance Village and play her part in the innovative project, which aims to create a community for Irish dancers—old and new—to create, connect and experience all that Irish dance, fitness and wellbeing have to offer.
Kelsey was a competitive Irish dancer for 17 years under An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. She moved to Limerick in 2011 to study Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick). In 2015 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, and in 2017 received her Masters Degree in Traditional Irish Dance Performance (Irish World Academy, University of Limerick).
Kelsey has had the privilege of touring with Rhythm of the Dance (2017 UK Tour), and Dublin Irish Dance (2018 USA Tour). As well with touring, she has worked with countless incredible dancers such as Brendan de Gallaí, Colin Dunne, Nic Gareiss, and more.
Not only does she perform and teach regularly, she also choreographs all her own material, and has studied over 10 different genres of dance in her time at the Irish World Academy. Kelsey has been a dance tutor/lecturer at the Irish World Academy since 2015, teaching Bachelors and Masters degree students. She is currently studying to receive her PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy, researching her choreographic process.
Jennifer, who has been a longstanding member of the Siamsoir Irish dance troupe, incorporated this along with Irish Dance Academy and RoxyFit Irish Dance fitness and wellbeing training to form the Irish Dance Village—whose ethos is ‘find your feet; fill your heart.’—in October 2020. She expressed her delight at the new edition to the team.
“I am honoured and delighted to introduce Kelsey to everyone,” Jennifer said. “Her biography is really incredible.
“Kelsey is coming on board this term to teach the content of our adults Trad class, which takes place on Thursdays at 7.15pm. This is an amazing opportunity to connect with new styles of traditional Irish dance, learn from an industry professional and meet like-minded dancers. So why not join us and give Kelsey a huge welcome to our team?”