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. Katie lives in St. Paul with her husband Jason, her two children, Alice and Robbie, and their dog, Bennie.
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 coordinator for summer dance camp 2020.
Siobhan 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.
Siobhan teaches Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday classes, as well as a number of private lessons.
Instructor Kate Curtis has been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2006. She is a student at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls.
Kate teaches Sunday classes and is a coordinator for dance camp 2020.
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.
Lillie teaches Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday classes.
Hannah Reichenbach has been dancing with Rince na Chroi since 2007. She is a student at the University of Minnesota.
Hannah teaches Tuesday and Sunday classes. Hannah is a coordinator for dance camp 2020.