Scoil Ard Rince | Irish Dance School

Teaching Irish Dance for over 30 Years.

 

Scoil Ard Rince is one of Queensland’s largest Irish dancing schools and is based in Margate, on the Redcliffe Peninsula, Bulimba, on Brisbane’s south side and Buderim, on the Sunshine Coast.

Scoil Ard Rince. Irish Dancing for Everyone.

Scoil Ard Rince, originally Horgan-Peirce, was founded by Breeda Peirce ADCRG in 1991.

Breeda, originally from her native Ireland, moved to Queensland over 35 years ago and settled in Redcliffe, just north of Brisbane, Queensland. Breeda started with only a few students and over 30 years has grown the school to over 80 who compete at a local, state, national and world level. Breeda has enjoyed a long career in Irish dancing, competing at all levels of Irish dancing both as a solo and team dancer. Breeda is a fully accredited TCRG and ADCRG and regularly adjudicates at feises across Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. In 2014 Breeda added to her credentials by completing her Grade Examiner qualifications.

In 2009 two of Breeda’s first students, Christine O’Donnell and Bridget Bazzo, became teachers themselves after passing their TCRG with flying colours. Both Bridget and Christine officially joined Scoil Ard Rince as teachers in 2010 and have helped Scoil Ard Rince enjoy it’s continuing success.

In 2012 Claire Earl, another pupil of Scoil Ard Rince, successfully completed her TCRG exam and began classes on the Sunshine Coast.Scoil Ard Rince has over 80 students ranging from beginners to open. Our year begins in January where we prepare dancers for the World Championships and the start of the year. In March the feis circuit begins, with a different feis held almost every month until November. In July/August we have our State Championships and in late September/early October our National Championships, which are held in a different state each year. 

Scoil Ard Rince regularly holds weekend workshops for our students on top of our weekly classes. These help our dancers prepare for larger competitions and practice our many team dances. We compete in almost every team event and have even competed in the coveted Senior Figure, lasting over 4 minutes and comprising of 16 dancers who perform intricate steps telling our own traditional Irish story.

In between monthly feiseanna, Scoil Ard Rince performs at many special events, including weddings, and are available for hire for your next event.

"Hard work and determination is what it takes. Put in the hours and you will achieve your dreams." - Breeda Peirce

Accredited.

All Scoil Ard Rince teachers are registered with The Irish Dancing Commission (An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha), AIDA Inc (Australian Irish Dancing Association) and AIDA Qld Inc.

As teachers we all work voluntarily with these associations to run feiseanna, particularly the State Championships, throughout the year.

Our teachers also hold blue cards and are fully qualified to work with children as per “The Working with Children Check” – regulated by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 (Qld) (the Act)

Meet

Our Teachers

Breeda Peirce.
Principal

After moving from her native Ireland over 20 years ago, Breeda Peirce has fully embraced the laid back lifestyle that sunny Queensland has to offer. Breeda has enjoyed a long career in Irish dancing, competing at all levels both as a solo and team dancer. Breeda is a fully accredited TCRG and ADCRG and regularly adjudicates at feises across Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. In 2014 Breeda also became a qualified Grade Examiner. Breeda’s love of both solo and team dancing has made Scoil Ard Rince one of the most successful schools in Australia and our dancers love being part of a school that has such strong sportsmanship and camaraderie. Breeda is the current Vice-President of AIDA Inc, having also carried out roles with AIDA Qld over the years.

Christine O’Donnell

One of Scoil Ard Rince’s very first students, Christine danced with Scoil Ard Rince for 18 years. Christine enjoyed great solo success winning the Queensland Solo State Championships 5 times and numerous team State and Australian Championships. She’s also competed at two World Championships.

Christine passed her TCRG in 2009 with honours after retiring from competitive Irish dancing and began teaching with Breeda. Christine takes our southside classes on Tuesday & Wednesday nights, as well as teaching in Redcliffe on Friday nights, and her experience as a childcare worker means she’s great with the young ones!

 

Celia Shawcross

Celia is a former student of Scoil Ard Rince, joining the studio in 2008.  In 2016, Celia gained her TCRG qualification passing with Honours and retiring from competitive dance in style. She has been a wonderful asset and role model as a Senior Dancer in the School holding many Queensland Senior Championship Titles including Senior Ladies Champion, Australian International Oireachtas Champion and the prestigious Gold Flora Lynagh Medal honour. After a 20 year long competitive career as both a solo and team dancer, Celia has also enjoyed her time touring Australia, Ireland, the UK and America placing within the Top 10 at the World Championships and Top 3 in the Australian Championships. In 2011, Celia graduated with Honours as a full-time student from the Australian Dance Performance Institute with a Diploma in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She continues her love of performance as a professional dancer touring with Celtic Illusion and The Heart of Ireland in 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming Celia on board as a Teacher with Scoil Ard Rince for 2017.

 

Claire Earl

Originally from Victoria, Claire’s dancing career began in 1999. Claire successfully competed in both Victorian & Queensland State Championships and Australian Championships and was also member of the Australian Irish Dance Company.

Claire performed at many major events and shows throughout Victoria before becoming a pupil at Scoil Ard Rince in 2007, competing & dancing with both Christine & Bridget prior to their retirements.

In 2012 Claire became a fully qualified TCRG and joined the teaching faculty of SAR. Claire takes the Sunshine Coast classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with the Friday night classes in Redcliffe.

 

Bridget Bazzo

Bridget enjoyed a long Irish dancing career after joining Scoil Ard Rince in 1997 and dancing for over 12 years in numerous solo and team events. Bridget’s celebrated many successful State and National Championship results, being a part of many State Championship winning teams.

Injury shortened her solo dancing career for a number of years. She passed her TCRG in 2009  and officially retired from Irish dancing to teach with Scoil Ard Rince.

Bridget takes our Northside classes on Wednesdays, as well as Friday nights in Redcliffe, combining this with her professional career as a dental hygienist.

 

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