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About the Academy

The O’Donnell Academy of Irish Dance offers group and private dance instruction from ages 4 up to adults in Brooklyn & Manhattan

 
 
 
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Our mission is to educate, elevate and inspire through the power of Irish dance, music and culture.

 

Classes at ODA provide opportunities for dancers to exercise, learn to perform, build confidence, and have fun. The O’Donnell Academy is a certified Irish dance school, registered and regulated by An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. 
 

FITNESS
Irish dancing is both an art form and a sport. Our classes allow every dancer to develop body coordination, stamina, agility, flexibility and confidence. We have an emphasis on educating on injury prevention and overall wellness to ensure our dancers have a lifelong and positive relationship with their bodies.

FRIENDSHIP
Irish dancers belong to a community that connects each of us with a shared cultural tradition and a fierce determination to grow succeed in every aspect of our lives. The friendships made during classes and performances are often lifelong, and the bonds created make for strong and confident performers, competitors and leaders.

FUN!
Dance is an expression of joy, and we never want to forget that! From the most competitive dancer to the child who wants to dance while pursuing other outside activities, we strive to create an environment where everyone can enjoy themselves while exploring their potential and learning something rewarding.

Our Team

Erin ODonnell

Erin O'Donnell, TCRG
Owner & Director of the O'Donnell Academy

Erin started dance classes at the age of seven under Peggy White with the An Rince Mor School of Irish Dance in Long Island, NY, and she never stopped dancing! After a successful competitive career medaling nationally and internationally, she spent several years dancing professionally, most notably in Celtic Fyre, Danu and Carol of the King, and on tour throughout Europe as the lead performer in Night of the Dance

Erin received her TCRG certification with honors in 2013 and taught at An Rince Mor before opening the O'Donnell Academy in 2016. A New York native, she has been a resident of Greenpoint since 2013 and fuels her creative side in Manhattan, where she works as a visual designer. 


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Stacey Cox
Assistant Instructor & Events Coordinator

Stacey Cox started traditional Irish dance classes at the age of 4 in Tampa, Florida at the Butler School of Irish Dance under Sheila Butler Duffy ADCRG. Alongside her sister, Stacey competed and performed in Florida before transferring to the Drake School of Irish Dance under Karl Drake ADCRG, where she ranked at the regional and national level. She has also performed with the school in various fundraisers, shows, and events like the Tampa Irish Festival and with Irish recording artists The Chieftains in Atlanta, Georgia before retiring. After a brief hiatus in her college and early professional career, Stacey joined the O'Donnell Academy, where she has competed and also performed with the Brooklyn Irish Dance Company. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys contemporary style dance, yoga, and musical theater. 

As an experienced public relations and marketing professional - she currently oversees the marketing strategy for the social sector outreach division of an international nonprofit. Stacey holds a B.A. in English from Florida State University, in Tallahassee with an emphasis in editing, writing, media and communications. 


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Alexandra Owensby
Assistant Instructor & Costume Coordinator

Alexandra began dance classes at the age of 6 and is well-versed in ballet, tap, and jazz.  At the age of 12, one of her dance teachers encouraged her to try Irish dancing and she began learning under Geraldine Murray of the Murray School of Irish Dance in Portland, Oregon.  In her teenage years, Alexandra enjoyed many performance opportunities, including coastal tours with Eileen Ivers and Men of Worth, performances with touring musicians and orchestras, and ensemble and soloist roles in Mt. Hood Ballet Theater’s production of the Nutcracker. During and after college on the east coast, Alexandra focused more on the competitive side of Irish dancing, enjoying success in national and international competitions, the highlight of her competitive career being the experience of dancing at the World Championships. 

After (semi) retiring competitively, Alexandra moved to New York City and became a founding member of the Brooklyn Irish Dance company where she performs throughout NYC.  In her spare time, Alexandra makes costumes, headpieces, and accessories.


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Mallory Silliere
Assistant Instructor & Ceili Coordinator

Mallory started Irish dance at 7 years old. She danced with the Pender Keady Academy in Stamford, CT. In her competitive career she competed at the regional, national, and world level for team and solo dancing. Her favorite part of Irish dance, ceili, brought her to the world stage placing 5th. 

After a short break from the sport, while completing her BA in Marketing and Media Communications,Mallory joined O’Donnell Academy in February 2018. When she is not Irish Dancing Mallory is a Buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Contact the Academy

Looking for a class in your area? Want a performance for a special event? Have a question about Irish dance?

Like the city we call home, we never sleep. You can reach us by filling out the form at the bottom below, calling 917 719 5194 or emailing hello@odonnellacademy.com for more information about ODA.