Joanie Feeney Ohrt, TCRG, started Irish Dancing in Annapolis, Maryland at age 6 and was immediately hooked. Growing up in a military family, Joanie moved often, making dancing difficult to keep up with at times, but she and her parents always found a way to make it work. She danced the O’Toole School (MD), O’Neill-James School (VA), and she finished her competitive career dancing with the Schade Academy (NY).
Through out her career, Joanie performed at many exciting venues including: Carnegie Hall, on tour with Trinity Irish Dance Company, The Kennedy Center, The White House, The Vice President’s House and numerous festivals, parades and other performances.
As much as Joanie loved performing, her passion has always been competition. She began competing at the Regional and National levels at age 13. With a lot of hard work and dedication qualified at age 14 and competed at the World Championships at age 15. Joanie was competitive throughout high school and college. She was an eight-time consecutive World Championship qualifier and competitor. She won 1st Place at the Southern Region Oireachtas, and finished in the top 4 at the Mid Atlantic Oireachtas seven times. In addition to her success as a solo competitor, Joanie also competed in team dancing as a member of the Schade Academy Senior Ladies Championship Teams (4-hand, 8-hand and Figure Choreography). These teams won numerous 1st Place titles at the Mid Atlantic Oireachtas and North American Nationals, and finished in the top 4 at the World Championships.
Joanie graduated Cum Laude from Seton Hall University in 2002 with dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is employed in the Washington DC area as a Department of Defense Contractor doing Software Development and Systems Engineering.
After retiring from dancing in 2003, Joanie took some time to get settled with her career and to start a family. In October 2011 she took the TCRG exam and passed with honors. She is proud to be an accredited and registered TCRG through An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelaca (CLRG), the Irish Dance Teacher’s of North America (IDTANA) and the Southern Region.