Founder, Owner and Director
Katie Stephens Spangler began dancing in Milwaukee in 1987 with the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. She performed and competed all over the world for 11 years with Trinity and also assisted with teaching classes. She had the opportunity to perform in places like Belgium, Nashville and New York, and she finished her competitive career at the Championship level in 1998. Katie moved to St. Paul that year, and continued to perform for the next several years.
Katie taught for four years with the St. Paul Irish Dancers while attending the University of St. Thomas. She graduated from UST in May of 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and went on to open Rince na Chroi in February of 2003. Under Katie’s direction over the last decade and a half, Rince na Chroi has grown tremendously.
In addition to managing the curriculum and progress of all of Rince na Chroi’s students, Katie manages the teaching staff and oversees all communications, bookings and enrollment.
Katie served on the Board of Directors for the Irish Music and Dance Association from 2005-2006. She served on the Board of Directors for the Irish Fair of Minnesota from 2010-2017, including holding the position of Board Secretary and Marketing Committee Chair.
Maria Belde began dancing when she was four years old after being introduced to it by her uncle, well-known Irish musician, Tom Dahill. She has been with Rince na Chroi since 2004 and has been a part of the teaching staff since 2007. She has a Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas and also teaches preschool.
Maria teaches classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as well as a number of private lessons. Maria is a co-coordinator for summer dance camp in 2017.
Siobhan Tidmarsh has been dancing since age 4, starting off with the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance and then receiving most of her training from Anam Mor. She has had the opportunity to compete and perform all over the world. She has been with Rince na Chroi since 2010. Siobhan currently works under a top agent at Edina Realty: 50th & France office and is studying to obtain her real estate license.
Siobhan teaches classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays along with a number of private lessons. Siobhan is a co-coordinator for summer dance camp in 2017.
Instructor Kate Curtis has been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2006. She is a student at St. Paul Central High School.
Kate teaches Tuesday and Sunday classes.
Lillie McAdams has been dancing since the fall of 2004. She has spent her entire Irish dance career with Rince na Chroi. Lillie is currently attending St. Catherine University and majoring in Secondary Education with Social Studies.
Lillie teaches Wednesdays and Sundays.
Hannah Reichenbach has been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2007. She is a student at Eagan High School.
Hannah teaches Tuesday and Sunday classes.
Mary Kenny began dancing ballet and tap when she was three years old. She made the switch to Irish dancing and joined Rince na Chroi in 2009. She is a student at Visitation.
Mary teaches Sunday and Wednesday classes.
Olivia Alberts began Irish dancing in 2005 with Rince na Chroi. She attends Rosemount High School.
Olivia assists with Sunday classes.
Elena Bergstrom had been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2006. She is a student at St. Paul Central High School.
She assists with Sunday classes.
Michaela Corniea started dancing in 2006 when her family discovered Rince na Chroi. She is attending the University of St. Thomas with plans to major in English.
Michaela assists with Sunday classes.