In Memoriam: Founder, Owner and Director
Katie Stephens-Spangler, entered heaven on January 26, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her loving husband, her children, who were the lights of her life, parents, sister, numerous family, friends, and especially her Rince na Chroi family.
Katie was inspiring, courageous, compassionate, and selfless. In everything she accomplished, she made the world a better place.
As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, family member, and friend, Katie was incomparable. If you were fortunate enough to be in her orbit, you always knew that you were loved and supported. She made the everyday special and the special days extraordinary.
As the founder and owner of the Rince na Chroi School of Irish Dance, she inspired her students and teachers, not only in the art of Irish dance, but in the meaning of family and community.
Katie left a legacy. Everyone who had the pleasure of having Katie in their lives was better because of it. Katie will always be in our hearts and she will continue to provide us with a direction that is genuine, kind and true.
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 two decades, Rince na Chroi has grown tremendously.
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.
The St. Paul St. Pat’s Association named Katie their “Distinguished Irish Woman” of the year in 2022.
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, and she manages all choreography. Siobhan is a Realtor with Edina Realty at 50th and France. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Derwin, their son DJ and their dog Lola.
Sarah Becker has been with Rince na Chroi since the fall of 2008. In addition to her duties on the teaching staff, Sarah does a lot of social media and marketing work for Rince na Chroi. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication & Journalism. After graduating, Sarah began her career in Experiential Marketing and is now an Account Manager at CLAMOR Experiential. In her free time, Sarah enjoys trying new restaurants around the Twin Cities and spending time with family and friends.
Lillie McAdams danced with Rince na Chroi from 2004-2020. In addition to her role as Senior Instructor, Lillie is our Dance Camp Coordinator. Lillie graduated from St. Catherine University in 2019 in Secondary Education and is a teacher at Tartan High School. She lives in Minneapolis with her fiancée Matt, their dog Raven and their cat Peaches.
Megan Considine started dancing in 2002 and spent most of her dance career with Rince na Chroi. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019 with a degree in political science. Megan currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a congressional liaison. She is also a member of the St. Patrick’s Association.
Steph Hawks started dancing at the age of 4 and later joined Rince na Chroi when its doors opened in 2003. She performed with many talented musicians over the years. Steph graduated from Dunwoody College of Technology in 2012 with a degree in Radiology. She currently works at Park Nicollet as a Radiologist Technologist. Steph lives in Zimmerman with her husband Brady and their daughters, Bailey and Shelby.
Sarah Huffer danced with the Heritage Academy of Irish Dance in Green Bay, WI from 2007 to 2017. While attending school in the Twin Cities, she joined Rince na Chroi in 2019 to rekindle her love for dancing. Sarah graduated from the University of Minnesota in May of 2021 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics (Actuarial Science) and a Statistics Minor. She currently is working as an Actuarial Analyst with Guy Carpenter in Edina.