Amy Habel, TCRG
Amy is celebrating her 16th year as director of Crossroads. Amy began her dance training at the age of 3 at Fredericksburg Ballet Centre (FBC) in Fredericksburg. She danced at FBC for 17 years studying ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz. In 2000, she decided to further pursue her dance training specifically on Irish Dance.
In 2001, Amy became director of Crossroads Troupe and the Irish dance program. For 5 years, she studied under Danny Tighe, TCRG, with the Danny Tighe School of Irish Dance. Amy competed in Irish dance competitions under CLRG (An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) in which she worked her way to Champion level.
In 2008, Amy received the perpetual trophy “Adult Master Cup” at Feis Culkin. Throughout her training Amy has had the opportunity to train with many great teachers and dancers including: including Padraic Moyles ,Craig Ashurst, Niamh O’Connor and Kevin Horton from “Riverdance” and Rachael Harris from Busch Garden’s “Emerald Beat”.
Amy currently holds her TCRG teaching certification with the World Irish Dance Association.
Amy graduated from VCU in May 2004 with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management. Amy currently resides in the Richmond area with her husband Dan who recently graduated with Master’s degree from VCU in Special Education. When she is not teaching she is a full-time HR Employment Specialist with the VA Department of ABC and a member of the Richmond Compensation Association.
Co-Director, Adult Program Coordinator
Patricia began dancing at the age of 7, studying ballet and creative movement as a child. Becoming interested in Irish Dance as an adult, she enrolled with Amy Habel in the program in 2006. She also had the opportunity to study for several years under Danny Tighe, TCRG and Joni Muggivan, TCRG, and has been competing in ceili and solos at Irish Dance Competitions at both the local and national levels through the CLRG (An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha) and WIDA (World Irish Dance Association). Additional studies have included workshops with members of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Disney World's Ragland Road and Celtic Fyre.
Patricia joined Crossroads Irish Dance Troupe in 2011, and having a professional background in management, began using those skills serving as co-director in 2012.
Her responsibilities include designing, crafting, and maintaining the Crossroads school and troupe costumes. Owning her own business in web design and development, Patricia also constructed and maintains the Crossroads Irish Dance website www.crossroadsirishdance.com.
Patricia currently holds Grade 1-7 teaching certification with World Irish Dance Association (WIDA)
Kailani began Scottish Highland dancing at age eleven, and then Irish dancing starting in 2006. In 2012 she started as an instructor at Crossroads. She has attended workshops with dancers from Disney World's Ragland Road , Lord of the Dance and Riverdance. She enjoys performing and choreographing for the Crossroads Irish Dance Troupe.
In November 2106, Kailani was the WIDA Eastern Oireachtas Champion placing 1st place in her age division. She continues to compete at the Open level at local and national competitions.
Kailani currently holds Grade 1-3 teaching certification with World Irish Dance Association (WIDA)