Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy
Michelle began Irish dancing at the age of four with the Violet Moore School of Irish Dance. She competed at the highest level of dance (Nationally and Internationally) since the age of eleven, qualifying for many World and North American Irish Dance Championships.
Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy Teachers
Owner/Director/ Lead Teacher
Committed to creating a dynamic group of award winning dancers, with confidence, discipline, pride, strength, and skill.
Paula started dancing at the age of 3 with the art of Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre and later adding Ballet, Lyrical Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. With these forms of dance, she competed locally and nationally, winning numerous awards and scholarships. In 1999, Paula started irish dance with SIDA.
Having danced since the age of 3, Kara is classically trained through Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. Kara began Irish dancing at the age of 11 under the instruction of Michelle Bond, TCRG. While a radical departure from her classical training, she quickly fell in love with the new and unique challenges that this discipline presented. Full Bio
Student Teachers are an integral part of Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy.
We have 4 student teachers.
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Morgan Matthew (All locations)
Jed Friesen (All locations)
Caitie Manser (Maple Ridge)
Karli Raine (Vancouver)
Katie started dance classes at the age of 2, tired of watching her sister; she eagerly asked to join every chance she could. Katie's dance experiences include hip-hop, highland, cloggin, lyrical, jazz and finally Irish Dance. Katie stumbled upon SIDA at the age of 16 and joined quickly after being in awe of their rhythmic steps. Full Bio
(Maple Ridge Location)
Jamilyn is a newly retired
Championship dancer with SIDA. She stated dancing at the age of 4 with ballet, and the jazz, tap, lyrical, and musical theatre. After watching Riverdance the movie and seeing Irish dance shows, she had to try Irish dancing. It did not take long to realize this was her passion and all her focus went into Irish dance by the age of 11. Full Bio
Abigail began dancing at the age of 3. She began with the art of ballet and tap following with various other genres including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, theatre and highland dancing. At the age of 6, she fell in love with Irish dancing at SIDA. Abi has competed internationally and has qualified for the North American Championships.
(Maple Ridge Location)
Danielle began Irish dancing at the age of 11. Reaching the highlest level of Open Championships, she competed in many National Championships and the World Championships. She now has two daughters that Irish dance, and welcomes the opportunity to help others reach their best!