Colleen Quinlan Schroeder, ADCRG, TCRG
Colleen began dancing in 1992 at the age of twelve with Maureen O’Grady and instantly fell in love with the art form. She was soon competing in Regional and National Competitions and dreaming of one day having her own school. In the year 2000, at the age of 20, she passed her TCRG exam and founded the Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance named after her grandparents. Now, after merging schools with Maureen O’Grady in 2005, she is co-owner of the O’Grady Quinlan Academy. Colleen continues to train dancers to reach the highest level of dance, many of which have gone on to win Regional and National titles. Her students have also had competitive success in Ireland, having several placed in the top ten at the World Championships and All Ireland Championships. In order to further her career in Irish dance she decided to take on the challenge of becoming an adjudicator. She passed her examination in 2012 and is now a certified TCRG and ADCRG with An Comisiun le Rince Gaelacha. Colleen now has the opportunity to adjudicate local, national and international competitions.
Colleen currently resides in Bethlehem, PA with her daughter Grainne who is an Open Champion dancer herself! Colleen enjoys sharing her passion for Irish Dance with every dancer who walks through the door. It is her missions to make sure dancers not only learn to dance, but learn positive life lessons that will help them through every step of life!
Maureen O’Grady White, TCRG
Maureen brought the passion of Irish dance to the Lehigh Valley, after earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree from Lehigh University. Beginning at age 4, Maureen studied under Peter Smith, the esteemed President Emeritus of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. Maureen enjoyed much competitive success as she competed at numerous championships and also demonstrated a desire to keep the traditions by going out into the community to share this inspiring form of dance and then eventually by getting her TCRG. Maureen is proud to say that Colleen Schroeder was in her very first class! A teacher of children by heart, Maureen has recently retired as an ESOL instructor in the Allentown School District where she worked for over 16 years. Maureen lives in New Jersey with her husband Patrick and loves to ignite a fire for dance in all the children that step foot into the studio!
Katherine Skehan, TCRG
Katherine Skehan, TCRG, began dancing at the age of 3 at the Cora Cadwell School of Irish Dance. During her 14 competitive years of Irish dance, she won many championships including the Leinsters, Great Britains, All Scotlands and All-Irelands. At the age of 17 Katherine was accepted to Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. She spent the next three years performing with the show primarily in Las Vegas as a troupe dancer but also completed a coast-to-coast tour of America playing the part of the little spirit. At the age of 22 Katherine passed her TCRG. In 2004 Katherine moved to Philadelphia and for the past 11 years has been actively involved in teaching Irish Dance at many schools in North America. During this time she has taught many regional champions, all-Scotland champions, multiple top 5 at North American Championships and top 10 at All-Ireland and World Championship dancers. However, her biggest accomplishment as a teacher was choreographing, directing and producing multiple dance drama teams all of which placed in the top 4 at the World Championships.
Katherine lives in Nazareth, PA with her husband Dan and three children Taidhg, Cian and Aoibhe. Katherine loves sharing her passion for Irish dance with all her students and loves to help train them to be the best dancer and person they can possibly be. She asks that every dancer strives for excellence in the dance studio and hopes to instill in each dancer that in dance and in life, anything is possible with hard work.
Teresa Hesener, TCRG
Teresa Hesener, TCRG, is a member of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, and the Mid-Atlantic Region. She began dancing at the age of 10, and after two years of recreational dancing, Teresa began her competitive dancing career at age 12. Throughout her teenage and young adult years, she competed at countless regional, national and international competitions, with her competitive success culminating in a 9th place finish at the World Championships in 2007 and a Mid Atlantic Regional Oireachtas 1st place title in 2009. She believes that Irish dancing taught her discipline, time management, and confidence, which she uses to be successful in her day-to-day life. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Teresa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in the Legal Environment of Business. Despite her intense focus on competitive success in both her dancing and personal life, Teresa’s favorite part about teaching Irish Dance is helping her students accomplish personal goals and providing the opportunity for her students to develop into confident, young leaders in the community.
Stacie Greiner, TCRG
Stacie started irish dancing at the age of 11 with the Sheahan-Gormley School of Irish Dance. It is there that she fell in love with the artform. At the age of 14 she studied at the Quinlan Academy, which later became O’Grady Quinlan. Stacie went on to compete regionally, nationally, and internationally. She passed her TCRG in 2011 and could not be more thrilled to be apart of the Lynn-O’Grady Quinlan-Connick teaching staff.
Stacie has her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology at Temple University.
Erin Green Postel, TCRG, MPH, CHES
Erin began dancing in 1994 at the age of 7 under the instruction of Maureen O’Grady and immediately fell in love with the art. She continued in her following years with the Quinlan Academy under the instruction of Colleen Schroeder, until the two schools merged as the O’Grady Quinlan Academy. From her very first competition at the age of 8, Erin knew she would be dancing for a very long time. So long, in fact, she found herself dancing competitively as she pursued both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Public Health. Erin has competed at various regional, national, and international championships. She has earned multiple titles at local feisanna and has placed as high as 3rd at the North American Championships, 5th at the All Ireland Championships, 19th place WMH at the World Championships, and in her final year of competing she won the Senior Ladies title at her Regional Oireachtas in Philadelphia. Erin took her TCRG exam with the hopes of joining the expert team of her own O’Grady Quinlan teachers, and is proud to see herself amongst the talented group of all An Commission teachers. She is now a TCRG and Certified Health Education Specialist. She continues sharing her passion for health and love of Irish Dance with her students.
Cody Kleppertknoop, TCRG
Cody started dancing at the age of 8 with the Maureen O’Grady School of Irish Dance and also with the O’Grady-Quinlan Academy after the merger. He has excelled in competition: he is a two-time Regional Champion, and has also placed as high as 12th at the World Championships and 6th at the North American Championships, the two most distinguishing accomplishments of his dancing career. Cody most recently passed his TCRG exam in December 2014 (after attempting it for the second time!). He is thrilled to be a part of the school and seeing it into the future.