What makes a great camp is a great team! We're proud of our people.
From top-notch Irish dance instructors to highly trained professionals in outdoor activities, at Reels in the Rockies, you're in good hands.
Irish Dance Instructors
Joanne Kavanagh, TCRG
Three time World Champion Joanne Kavanagh started dancing at the age of 3 in her native Derry with the McConomy School of Irish Dancing. She went on to win multiple Ulster, All Ireland, Al Scotland, British National, North American and World Championships.
In 2005 Joanne turned professional and was picked for the world tour of Michael Flatley’s “Celtic Tiger”.
Joanne now resides in Dublin and in 2013, along with co-teacher Niall they established Holly&Kavanagh. Together they have trained dancers to win every major Irish dance championship title and currently have former pupils touring with “Riverdance”, “Heartbeat of Home” and “Feet of Flames”
Dervla McGee, TCRG
Dervla started Irish dancing at the age of 7 and competed at the highest level for over 15 years with Scoil Rince Oirialla and later with Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh. Dervla won the North American Irish Dance Championships in Toronto, 2001 and placed fourth in the World Championships the following year.
At 17 Dervla joined ‘Riverdance’ and enjoyed a ten year association with the show during which time she toured extensively in countries worldwide. Dervla has also danced with ‘Ragús’ and has performed with the famous ‘Chieftains’ and at the Special Olympics.
Having graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick (where she worked with some of the finest musicians and dance tutors in the world), Dervla set up an Irish Dance Company and produced her own show “Reel Swing” which showcased her talent for choreography, combining as it did, Irish dance with music made famous by the Rat Pack.
As a fully qualified TCRG with CLRG, Dervla founded and became principal of The Mc Gee School of Irish Dance in Dundalk, Co Louth in 2011. The school has flourished and now includes pupils who have won Ulster, All Ireland, Irish National and World titles. Dervla is excited to join the Reels in the Rockies team for the 5th anniversary of camp.
Irish Dance Fusion & Performance Instructor
Once again, we bring you another amazing Instructor focusing on Irish dance fusion with tap rhythms, show steps and performance. Scott even has his own show touring the World!
Scott started Irish dancing at the age of 6 at the O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance in Boston, MA. Taught by the world renowned Rita O’Shea and her daughter, Lisa Chaplin, Scott went on to win many titles, including eight New England Championships, the North American Championships, the Great Britain Championships, and most notably he became the men’s World Champion of Irish Dance in 2009. He made his professional debut in 2005 with the North American tour of Riverdance. Scott has performed with Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, Busch Gardens and countless other productions all over the world. Scott's lifelong dream of starting his own show came to life in 2014 as he co-created, choreographed, and starred in Rockin’ Road to Dublin. Most recently he also co-created and choreographed Christmas in Killarney, a new Irish Christmas musical. Scott is excited to be one of the executive directors of Colony Point Creative, a creative and production company focused on bringing entertainment around the world.
To see some of Scott's amazing work check out his show's website here
Goldeye Centre Activity Instructors
With training in a variety of outdoor sports, activities, youth instruction and safety skills, the staff of the Goldeye Centre, specialize in providing quality programming to youth camps. Goldeye staff are vetted for both criminal backround and vulnerable sector checks, and aim to teach our campers a variety of skills outside of their "Irish dance" ones.
Cara Casey-O'Loughlin & Mark O'Loughlin
Cara and Mark live in Calgary with their daughters Molly and Audrey. Outside of running a successful Irish dance school in Calgary, the pair (who met while touring with Riverdance) love to spend time in nature with their family and 85 lb. dog, Winston. Cara and Mark are excited to host Western Canada's first Irish dance Adventure Camp providing dancers from around the world a venue to create friendships, grow their Irish dance skills and increase their confidence. After the huge success of
Reels in the Rockies in previous years, Mark and Cara are looking forward to many more successful years of camp!