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 nearly two decades, 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.  Katie lives in St. Paul with her husband Jason, her two children, Alice and Robbie, and their dog, Sweeney.

Assistant Directors

Maria Belde began dancing when she was four years old after being introduced to it by her uncle, well-known local 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 of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas and is currently pursuing a second degree from St. Catherine’s University.  Maria teaches preschool at Holy Spirit School in St. Paul.

IMG_0018-MSiobhan George 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 is a Realtor with Edina Realty at 50th and France. She lives in St. Paul with her husband Derwin and their dog, Lola.

Instructor & Media Specialist


Sarah Becker has been with Rince na Chroi since the fall of 2008. She graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication & Journalism. Sarah also assists with social media and marketing for Rince na Chroi.

Instructors

Lillie McAdams has been dancing since the fall of 2004. She has spent her entire Irish dance career with Rince na Chroi. Lillie graduated from St. Catherine University in 2019 in Secondary Education and is beginning her teaching career.

Lucy Mullen has been dancing since 2003. She is a student at the University of Minnesota.

Hannah Reichenbach has been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2007.  She is a student at the University of Minnesota.

Assistant Instructor

Reena Gallivan has been dancing at Rince na Chroi since 2005. Reena attends Hill Murray High School.

 

Class Assistants

Maggie McCarty has been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2011.  She is a student at Mahtomedi High School.

Bea Walther has been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2010. She is a student at Visitation High School.