Shannon Marie Ryan-Stamper; TCRG
Shannon began dancing at the age of 3 in Elkhorn with Rennae's school of Dance, mastering technique in ballet, tap, jazz, and clogging. Shannon began dancing with Craoí na Tíre Studio of Irish Dance in 1997 and was one of the original students. Shannon trained under the direction of Tricia Weekly; TCRG, Hanna Sullivan; TCRG and Pat Keaney; TCRG/ADCRG; dance master from Ireland. Shannon rose through the competitive ranks quickly and achieved the highest level of competitive Irish Dancing as an Open Champion dancer. Shannon competed regionally, nationally and in Ireland at the prestigious All-Ireland Championships. Shannon began her dance instructor training as a driller in high school and college. In 2010, Shannon sat for and passed the grueling TCRG exam in Ireland and was awarded with the distinction of certified teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (The Irish Dance Commission, Dublin, Ireland). Shannon is a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America. Shannon holds a BBA in Marketing as well as a MA in Education and is a Middle School Reading Interventionist. She is also the mother of two small children.