Meet Our Team

Certified Teachers


Maureen Berry, TCRG - Owner / Director

 

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Maureen Berry, BFA, TCRG is the Owner/Director of Teelin School of Irish Dance and Director of Teelin Irish Dance Company. She was awarded her TCRG teaching certification by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (the Irish Dancing Commission, in Dublin, Ireland) in 2001, and has been an active member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) since that time.

In 2009, Maureen was the top recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award for Dance Choreography, and she then received the Howie Award for Outstanding Artist in 2015.

Maureen’s extensive dance training ranges from modern, ballet, salsa, tap & jazz to traditional Appalachian clogging and Irish step dance. She grew up in New Jersey within the highly competitive world of Irish step dancing, became a champion Irish dancer at a young age, and competed at the World Championships in Ireland.

Also musically inclined, Maureen learned button accordion from her late father, Michael Berry, and competed in the All Ireland championships for Irish music. (Maureen is currently on a mission to make the accordion a “cool” instrument!)

At the age of 16, Maureen began studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Modern dance at a Performing Arts High School, and then went on to receive her B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance from Towson University. Maureen joined Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble as a full time performer in June 1997 and toured all over the world.

In 2007, Maureen choreographed and performed in a John Paul Jones music video for the music group Uncle Earl. The video has won multiple awards from Country Music Television (CMT).

In 2014, Maureen received her 200 hour teacher training certification from Sid Yoga, a Baron Baptiste affiliate.

Maureen is currently focusing her energy on teaching and directing. Highlights of her career include producing, choreographing and starring in the highly successful original productions of feature-length stage shows: Portraits of Ireland(2006-2011), StepDance (2012-2013), Sláinte (2014), and Celtic Storm (2016-present). Additional show information may be found TIDC Show.


Kathleen Young, TCRG - Owner / Business Manager

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Kathleen Young, TCRG, is the Co-Owner/Business Manager of Teelin. She was awarded her TCRG teaching certification by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (the Irish Dancing Commission, in Dublin, Ireland) in 2009, and has been an active member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) since that time.

Kathleen was born and raised in New Jersey with her two sisters, Eileen and Maureen. She has been an associated with Teelin School of Irish Dance since moving to Maryland in 1998 and currently lives in Perry Hall with her husband and their two sons.

Kathleen studied Irish dance with her sisters at the Peter Smith School of Irish Dance in New Jersey for 10 years and competed nationally as an Open Champion. She also competed in the button accordion and tin whistle for many years.

In addition to her family and her work for Teelin, Kathleen works full time as a Senior Center Director for Baltimore County Department of Aging, and has been a senior administrator with Baltimore County Government since 1998. She graduated with honors from Stockton College with a B.S. in Public Health and a Certificate in Gerontology.


Whitney Hanson, TCRG

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Whitney Hanson, TCRG, was awarded her teaching certification by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in 2016, and has been an active member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) since that time. She joined the Teelin School of Irish Dance in 2014.

Whitney started dancing at age 15, and has competed as an Open Champion at both the National and World level. Outside of dance, Whitney works as a pharmacist at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She graduated with high honors from University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2010 with her Doctorate in Pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and both 5-string and tenor banjo with her dad.



Michael Pat Gallagher, ADCRG

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Michael Pat Gallagher, ADCRG visits Teelin School two times a year to teach workshops, and he also works closely with Maureen throughout the year to develop Teelin’s step choreography. Michael Pat is a two-time World Champion, five-time All Irelands Champion, and former lead male dancer in Riverdance. During his 7 year career with Riverdance, Michael Pat danced over 1200 lead performances, the most given by any male principal in the history of the show. Born and raised in Donegal, Ireland, Michael Pat now lives and runs his own Irish dancing school in Phoenix, Arizona, and he enjoys traveling the world.

Assistant Teachers


Emily Ferry

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Emily Ferry started dancing while studying abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland. She currently competes at the Open Championship level, and was a member of the Teelin Irish Dance Company for several years. She began assisting Teelin’s adult classes in 2008 and has been teaching with Teelin ever since. Emily graduated magna cum laude with honors in Computer Science from Colgate University and works as a software developer when she isn’t at the studio.


Saoirse DeBoy

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Katie Miskelly

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Katie Miskelly


Caitlin Phillips

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Caitlin Phillips


Elena Kerr

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Elena Kerr



Additional Leadership Team Members


Teelin School and Performance Company Admin

Under the direction of Teelin’s co-owners Maureen and Kathleen, and in addition to our Teelin teachers, the following people are working to support the Teelin mission during the 2016-2017 school year:

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Eileen Narvell
Teelin Volunteer Coordinator

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Meg Ortel
Teelin Communications Manager and Webmistress

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Angela Galoppo
Performance Company Manager

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Colleen Woodcock
Performance Bookings Manager and Administrative Assistant to Maureen

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Company Troupe Coordinator

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Micaela Crooks
Junior Troupe Coordinator

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Ellen Roberts
Graphic Designer

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Cyndi O’Brien
Teelin Gear / Merchandise Coordinator

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Mary Kate King
Costume Coordinator

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Beth Koolbeck
Company Costumes Alterations Assistant

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Stacey Donnelly
Performance Props Manager, and Champ Program Photographer

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Mary Laudeman
Physical Therapy Consultant for Teelin Champ Program

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Robin Miskelly
Studio Vending Machine Restocking

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Jackie Crispell
Studio Keycard Coordinator

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Dave Corrigan
Studio Maintenance Assistant