Anthony Fallon, TCRG

Academy Director

Anthony started dancing at the age of three in Dublin, Ireland. He began competing at the age of six and went on to have a very successful competitive career. Anthony’s main highlight of his competitive career was being crowned the World Irish Solo Dance Champion four times consecutively from 2000 ⁠— 2004.

During Anthony’s competitive career he started performing with Busch Gardens Williamsburg and touring with Riverdance throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Anthony was offered the Principal position after two years with the show and has performed for some of the worlds best known dignitaries including The Queen of England, Barrack Obama and the President of China.

Anthony works with dance schools in Ireland, Australia, Brazil and across the USA. He is delighted to have the opportunity to be passing on his talents to the next generation of Irish dance students in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Mark Gorman, TCRG

Mark is from Dublin, Ireland and has been deeply involved with Irish dance for over 23 years, having competed, performed, and taught Irish dance around the world. He studied under internationally recognized teachers at the O’Shea School of Irish Dancing in Ireland since the age of 11. During his competitive career he achieved numerous 1st place finishes at major competitions in Ireland, highlighted by a 5th place finish at the 2005 North American’s and a 4th place finish at the 2005 World Championships in Ireland.

Mark has performed with internationally acclaimed shows like, Riverdance, around the world and has over 15+ years of professional performance experience. In 2009 Mark earned his TCRG and in 2016 opened his own Irish dance school in Ireland. He has recently moved to the USA to support the grow of Clann Lir Academy and train the next generation of competitive Irish dancers.

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Erin McLoughlin, TCRG

Erin danced competitively at local and national levels for 17 years. She achieved multiple regional placements and qualified for the World Championship of Irish Dance in her final year of competition. Erin has taught Irish step dancing for more than 20 years. She received her TCRG certification in 2010. Erin is passionate about giving each dancer the opportunity to strive for his or her highest potential, regardless of age, level, or ability.

Erin graduated from Boston College with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education, and from Simmons College with a doctorate in applied behavior analysis. After working for 13 years as a teacher and behavior analyst, Erin currently is the founder and Executive Director of the South Shore Autism Center. Erin lives on the South Shore with her husband and five children.

Caitlin McManus Vitale, TCRG

Caitlin began dancing when she was five and competed for 20 years, maintaining top three in the New England region for most of her career and qualifying for Worlds every year. She has enjoyed teaching dance as an assistant since high school, and became an official T.C.R.G. in 2007. Caitlin loves to focus on the athletic side of dance and promote the inner athlete within each dancer. 

Caitlin graduated from Boston College nursing school in 2004, and graduate school in 2011. She currently works as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Boston, while working on her PhD in nursing at Boston College. She currently lives in Dorchester with her husband and two children.

Assistants

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Bridget TeeKing

Bridget TeeKing grew up in Connecticut and competed for over 17 years under Phillip Owens, Terry Gillian, Karen and Lisa Petri, Gavin Doherty, and other top instructors. She earned medal-holding positions at the Worlds and All Irelands, and podium positions at the Great Britains and New England Oireachtas. 

Bridget has been assisting with Clann Lir for two years and is working toward her TCRG. When not at the studio, she is in nursing school. She is so proud of how far each dancer has come and is excited for the future of the school! 

Kara Dion

Kara completed an illustrious competitive dance career in 2014. Among her accomplishments are multiple World and North American Championship placements, numerous top 10 New England Regional Championships and World qualifications. She has assisted teaching Irish dance for more than 8 years and is currently working to achieve her TCRG.

Kara is certified in Power Yoga and trained in Barre Pilates. Her extensive background in yoga and fitness compliments her teaching style, which brings many valuable skills to Clann Lir Academy.