Kathleen Beattie TCRG
Kathleen's love of Irish dance started at an early age, when she began dancing at 6 years old. During her dance career, Kathleen went on to dance locally, nationally and internationally until the age of 21.
Kathleen was crowned ACT State Champion several times and her highest ranking on the National stage was 15th.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and has her Irish Dancing Teacher qualifications (TCRG).
Her best memories of Irish dance centre around exhibition dancing, with her dance friends, at annual events such as St Patrick's Day and the Chief Minister's Performance at the Canberra Theatre. Irish dance has taught Kathleen the value of hard work, discipline, music and rhythm, keeping fit and healthy and maintaining wonderful, life long friendships.
Kathleen's two young children, Thomas and Audrey, keep her busy, as she continues to spread her love of Irish dance to the Canberra Community.
Clare Bowman TCRG
Clare Bowman began dancing at the age of 10 years old, at a lunchtime class in Primary School. Clare’s family are Irish so there are very strong cultural ties to Irish dancing for her.
Clare danced until the age of 24, winning the ACT State Championship title 7 times. Clare also had many Top 10 placings at the National Championships, including placing 3rd in 2002, and 5th on two occasions. Clare also competed at two World Championships in Ireland.
Clare studied Primary School Teaching at university and has her Irish Dancing Teacher qualifications (TCRG)
Clare’s favourite memories of Irish dancing include competing in many competitions across Canberra, throughout Australia and overseas in Ireland and Scotland. A huge aspect of dancing that Clare is thankful for is the wonderful friends she made along the way. Clare is excited to give children the opportunity to have the same experience as she did, and to forge friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
Clare has two young daughters – Bronte and Aisling – who also absolutely love Irish dancing!