Meet The Team

Rebeca Coloma – TCRG Artistic Director/Owner

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Rebeca has danced from the age of four and was an integral part of the foundation of Scoil Rince De Danaan since its inception. Through vast international experience as a performer, competitor, assistant teacher and certified teacher, Rebeca combines her delights of Irish dancing and working with children with her strong skill in teaching methodology, choreography and biomechanics to bring a healthy learning environment for students at De Danaan. She is a former Western Canadian Champion and was a regular medalist at the North American championships, the All Ireland Championships and the World Championships. Highlights of her performance successes include dancing with Cherish the Ladies, Natalie McMaster, Eileen Ivers, Beoga and at the 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Ceremony. As the owner, artistic director and head teacher for the De Danaan School of Irish Dance, Rebeca takes pride in sharing her passion and love of Irish Dance with her students.

Nora Pickett TCRG – Co-Artistic Director 

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Nora danced with the Violet Moore School of Irish Dance in Vancouver since age 7 and she competed at the World level for 10 years with the Moore School and The Maguire-O’Shea Academy in London, England.  With a strong creative, competitive and adventurous spirit, Nora has developed and maintained a strong passion for Irish dance and music during her entire life. She has danced, performed and/or competed with Darren Maguire, Jean Butler, Colin Dunne and countless other Riverdance and Lord of the Dance cast members. Her last World Championship competition was in 1993 when she placed in the top 30 in solo and 5th in her team ceili competition.  Her last North American Championships was in San Francisco in 2000 where she placed in the top 10 in two dances and 18th overall.  She won numerous championships in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and in Ireland and she thoroughly enjoyed performing locally and internationally during the 22 years of her dance career.  She greatly cherishes all the life-long Irish dance friendships she still has today! Nora’s love for Irish dance took her to the next level in 1994 – teaching students to reach their personal, competitive, performance and recreational goals!  She received her TCRG in 2002 (registered teacher with the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland www.clrg.ie ).  She finds teaching to be a constant dynamic challenge integrated with fun and amazing exercise!  She thoroughly loves being an integral part of the dance journey of training 4 to 7 year old beginners to become the best they can be as they step onto any stage to perform as well as compete at the Western Canadian, North American and World Championship stages!  Nora also now enjoys training and mentoring some of her experienced senior students to become instructors, Eire Born team captains and TCRG’s. She still enjoys actively dancing with all her students today. Nora lives in beautiful Deep Cove with her husband, Marcel and two daughters, Leila and Malia.

Leslie Wilson TCRG

After dancing from the age of 6, Leslie founded Scoil Rince De Danaan in 2000. She taught her own classes all throughout Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and workshops throughout North America. Her students have placed competitively amongst the top in the world and gone on to dance professionally in shows such as Riverdance, Rhythm of the Dance and Heartbeat of Home.

Assistant Instructors

Fred Nguyen

FredN (2)From the age of 9, Irish dancing has been the main focus of Fred’s life. At age 11, he placed 2nd at the North American championships. Following that, he consistently ranked among the top dancers in the world winning the Western Canadian Championships 9 times, the North American Championship twice and placing 2nd at both the All-Ireland Championships and the World Championships. As a professional dancer, he has performed in Ireland, Canada, the US, and China touring with Riverdance, Rhythm of the Dance and Heartbeat of Home. Fred’s creativity in groundbreaking choreography and style is a great addition to the studio. His love of Irish dancing is a gift he relishes in passing on to students as an assistant teacher and choreographer.

Nicole Shum

Nicole has been dancing with DeDanaan since the age of 7. Since then, her passion, hard work, and dedication has led her to being a two-time World Championships qualifier and competing at the National Championships numerous times. With experience as both a performer and a competitor, Nicole is able to bring aspects of both areas of Irish dance and mentor students with various goals. Nicole enjoys teaching and is looking forward to taking her T.C.R.G. exam. Outside of her dance career, Nicole is currently completing her last academic year in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Reese Findler

ReeseFindlerReese starting dancing at the age of 10 and fell in love with the rhythm and the movements of Irish dance. She has competed at many local feiseanna and at the Western Canadian championships, but her passion lies in performing with Eire Born. Reese loves the friendships she has made from performing and travelling with other dancers, as well as the joy Irish dancing brings to everyone Eire Born performs for. She started teaching last year and cannot wait to teach more in the coming years!

 

Studio Manager

Cheryl Galdert

CherylGaldertCheryl has been associated with Irish Dancing since 2002. In September 2015, she took on the position of Studio Manager. Cheryl is a retired Elementary teacher who taught in North Vancouver School District for 36 years. Her hobby is photography and she has documented many Irish dancers’ achievements and performances since 2002.

Bookkeeper

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Michel Sidwell

Michel became involved with the Irish Dance community as a bookkeeper in September 2012. She is responsible for billings, class changes, clothing and shoe purchases, etc. She loves to cycle, read, and work with numbers.  She lives with her husband of 44 years in Deep Cove and feels privileged to be associated with De Danaan and its family of committed dancers and their parents.