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Crossroads Irish Dance is one of the leading Irish dance institutions in Richmond, VA. Established in 2001, we have committed ourselves to provide quality and age-appropriate instruction to dancers in a fun, upbeat, welcoming environment that is encouraging for all. No matter what class or level you’re in, our dance family and the team are a super dedicated, passionate, and supportive group of people. As a new family with us, our team is here to ensure you receive the best experience with us. All our new families receive a personal consultation with our staff during their first 6 weeks with our Crossroads Community Connection onboarding program. We create an atmosphere that sets dancers up for success as they discover their own Crossroads’ journey of Irish dance, music, and culture. Whether in pursuit of becoming a champion dancer or enjoying the fun of Irish dance, we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance, welcoming children and adults who want to be a part of our family.

About Crossroads Irish Dance

Located within Richmond, Crossroads Irish Dance is one of the most comprehensive Irish dance facilities within Richmond, VA. Our studio is located off of Midlothian Turnpike and welcomes all who want to develop a love of Irish dance, increase coordination, build long-lasting friendships, and drive self-confidence.

Since 2001, Crossroads has inspired over 300 dancers in offering a fun, enriching learning environment with inspiring instruction. Crossroads started with just 5 Irish dance students and a small group of dancers in the Troupe. The school has grown into a recognized brand within the Richmond community and has evolved into a full-service Irish dance school offering preschool, recreational, adult, performance, and competitive program opportunities.

To ensure classes are suitable for those who attend, we offer a range of options, age groups, and abilities. Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit, or finally ready to give dance a try, we have a class for you.

The teachers at Crossroads have a vast range of experience across disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to create a welcoming home where everyone can experience the magic of Irish dance. This beautiful, enriching art form is an incredible tool that builds confidence, character, and friendships. It is through our passion and love of teaching dance, that we strive to provide exceptional coaching and leadership to our students. We continue to strive to instill the importance of etiquette and manners, we also focus on good self-esteem and positive body image.

Our Team

The Crossroads Irish Dance team is energetic, encouraging, and friendly having a range of skills they can share with our customers and students. One of our core values is excellence and service. When you join us you will experience a team of dedicated professionals who are here to give you nothing less than a premium service.

Amy Habel

CEO/Creative Director

Amy is the CEO/Creative Director as part of the Executive Team at Crossroads. She is board certified with her TCRG teaching certification from World Irish Dance Association. She is a former Open Champion dancer and received the “Adult Master Cup” perpetual trophy with Feis Culkin in 2010. Since 1999, Amy has provided dance instruction to all ages in a range of dance disciplines to include Irish dance, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and musical theater. Amy is dedicated to the strategic growth and innovation of the school to create the best experience possible for customers and dancers.

Patricia Ligon

Educator

Performance Group Director (Troupe)

Patricia is our Educator as part of our Education Team and on our Speciality Programs Team as our Performance Group Director for our Troupe. She is a Crossroads alumni who started Irish dance in 2006. She has competed in Irish dance competitions achieving the level of Open Champion and competed in Ceili style dancing. Patricia is a former Troupe dancer and served as Co-Director 2012-2019. Patricia holds a Grade 1-9 teaching certification with World Irish Dance Association (WIDA).

Caroline DeWald

Educator

Performance Group Director (Adult Ceili)

Feis Director

Caroline serves as an Educator on our Education Team and on our Speciality Programs Team as our Performance Group Director for Adult Ceili and Feis Director. She started Irish dancing when she was 5 years old at The Early-McLoughlin School of Irish Dance in Bergenfield, NJ. Caroline is a former Open Champion dancer and 2014 RTN National Champion title winner. She is also a former counselor/instructor at Camp Rince Nua working alongside Riverdance and Lord of the Dance professionals.

Emma Moore

Educator

Performance Group Director (Club)

Emma serves as an Educator on our Education Team and on our Speciality Programs Team as our Performance Group Director for our Performance Club. Emma is a Crossroads alumni for 9 years and also was Troupe dancer for 5  years. Emma was trained under the school’s Student Teacher Program and now is providing instruction to our Jump’n Jig and Crossroads Club dancers.

Eliza Harrison

Educator

Customer Care Champion

Eliza serves as an Educator on our Education Team and as our Customer Care Champion on our Customer Care Team. She is a Crossroads alumni who was a competitive dancer in our school as well as, Troupe member. Eliza was a graduate in our STEP It Up teacher training program and is now providing instruction to our Jump’N Jig dancers.

Melissa DiGrazio

Customer Care Manager

Melissa serves as our Customer Care Manager as part of our Customer Care Team in delivering a one-of-a-kind experience to our customers.  Melissa is a former studio owner and dance teacher. She loves sharing her love for dance with others and offering up the best experience possible to our customers.

Kristi Delperuto

Customer Care Champion

Kristi is one of our Customer Care Champions on our Customer Care Team. She has been a dancer with Crossroads in our Adult Program since 2018. Kristi loves having the opportunity to share her experience with others and serve our customers in providing the best Crossroads experience.

Diane Rodriquez

Customer Care Champion

Diane is one of our Customer Care Champions on our Customer Care Team. She has experience providing support in the school systems and loves working with people of all ages. Diane started at Crossroads in September 2021 and is excited to job the Crossroads team.

Emily Ellen

Program Event Manager

Emily is our Program Event Manager serving on our Engagement Team. Emily directs and coordinates activities and events to increase engagement, support, and cohesiveness within our student body.  Emily is pursuing a BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Stage Management and a double minor in English and Business. She is approaching her eighth year of theatre experience with five of those years focused on management specifically.
Melissa Digrazio

Melissa Digrazio

Enrollment Coordinator

Melissa serves as our Enrollment Coordinator as part of our Client Experience Team.Melissa is a former studio owner and dance teacher. She loves sharing her love for dance with others and offering up the best experience possible to our customers
Jodi Moore

Jodi Moore

Studio Community Director

Jodi serves as our Studio Community Director as part of our Engagement Team. She is a former parent of Crossroads whose dancer danced with our school for over 10 years. She is very familiar with Crossroads’ values and culture in helping to direct and coordinate activities to increase engagement, support, and cohesiveness within our student body and community.
Kristi Delperuto

Kristi Delperuto

Customer Experience Rep

Kristi serves as our Customer Experience Rep as part of our Client Experience Team. She has been a dancer with Crossroads in our Adult Program since 2018. Kristi loves having the opportunity to share her experience with others and serve our customers in providing the best Crossroads experience.
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