Amanda Atkinson

Amanda Atkinson T.C.R.G has been  teaching at American Dance Academy since September of 2008. She has  attended several Feisanna throughout her dancing career with the Ardan  Academy of Irish Dance taking many first place positions. In 2012, American Dance Academy created an Irish  dance school within it’s own school which is the Michigan Irish Dance  Academy. Amanda strives to teach Traditional Irish dance in a fun and  creative way. Not only do her students learn how to Irish dance, they  will also learn the Irish language of Gaelic. Amanda incorporates Gaelic  within the class so the children aren’t just learning about Irish  dance, but the culture as well. Amanda also gives the children an  opportunity to compete at a Feis(fesh) an Irish dance competition. This  is a completely optional event, but gives the children an opportunity to focus on more than just having fun in  class, but really focusing on technique, stamina, core strength and  learning to be competitive in a positive way. Amanda is a Mother of 3  daughters and owns her own business Atkinson Irish Products which  supplies Irish and Highland dance shoes and supplies.  

"I have been learning Gaelic, the Irish language, and teach it to  my students as we dance. It's my goal to continue the Irish tradition of  step dancing and the language as my ancestors did before me."