Our Instructors

From left: Lauren, Nora, Barb, Amanda, Tessa, Rachel

Barbara Goggin-Wade, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.

As a retired championship level dancer of 17 years and principal instructor of the Oakville and Windsor locations, Barb oversees all competitive dance classes from pre-school to Championship. Barb is internationally certified and has been dancing since the age of four. Barb began assisting with her teacher (Yvonne Kelly of the O'Ceallaigh School) and has been teaching for over twenty-five years. Barb has designed each of her school costumes over the years and she continues to use her creative talents by assisting in designing solo dance costumes and helping to select the best colours, fits and designs for the dancers. Barb's passion for team dancing has helped to build a strong reputation for this school with traditional ceili dances and figure choreographies, and was instrumental in the School's success at the 2013 World Championships where the minor team brought back the School's first world medal for teams. Barb has trained soloists and teams for Regional, North American and World Championship competitions and takes pride in all achievements by the dancers, whether they are regional titles or personal bests.

Nora Corrigan, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G

Nora is a two-time Eastern Canadian champion, who finished fourth at both the World and All-Ireland Championships, after which, she toured Australia, Europe, Asia and North America for five years as a troupe member and female principal lead dancer in Riverdance - The Show. Nora has been an active TCRG since 2004, and an active ADCRG since 2013. She brings her passion for children and her belief that anything is possible to her lessons, and states that "teaching is a privilege". Nora adds that she is honoured and excited to be able to continue doing what she loves with the Goggin-Carroll School of Irish Dance

Lauren Stewart, T.C.R.G.

Lauren started dancing at the age of 7 under the Goggin School. She danced her entire career with Barb and Ryan as her mentors. Lauren went on to win three Eastern Canadian championships with Goggin-Carroll; finished top ten at the North American championships, recalled to the final round four times at the World Championships and ended her competitive dancing days with a top 20 World Medal - her overall dancing dream. Lauren began helping in beginner classes at 14 where she quickly identified that the passion and love she has for dancing needed to be shared. Lauren qualified as a certified Irish dance teacher in 2012 and teaches all levels at Goggin-Carroll with a special focus toward health and fitness for the elite level dancers. Lauren obtained her E.C.E. degree from Ryerson University in 2014.

Tessa Cameron, T.C.R.G

Tessa started her dancing journey in ballet at the age of 5. She soon fell in love with Irish dancing and danced under the instruction of Rose Fearon for her entire competitive career. Tessa placed consistently in the top 5 at Oireachtas and top 15 at Nationals. Tessa also competed internationally at the World Championships, medaling at All Ireland’s and placing 6th at the Great Britain Championships. After retiring from her competitive career at the age of 19, she auditioned and toured around North America with a show called The Spirit of Ireland. Tessa passed her T.C.R.G exam with honours in 2005 and has continued to share her love and passion for Irish dance ever since.

Amanda McGuire

At the age of four Amanda started dancing and she soon discovered Irish dancing. She instantly fell in love with the sport and it quickly became a passion. She has been teaching dance classes since the age of 16. Amanda ended her championship level competitive career in 2012 and then continued to teach and be a role model to younger dancers. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario and attended teacher's college. Amanda brings her love of teaching and teaching skills to running our London grade level classes. In addition, Amanda has a full time career as a real estate broker but she still makes time to continue to practice and share her passion. Amanda loves being a part of the Goggin-Carroll team and is excited for what the future holds for our dancers.

Rachel Morris

Rachel started Irish dancing at the age of five, and was quick to fall in love with the sport. She danced competitively for 16 years, competing in solos as well as teams. Rachel’s undeniable passion for Irish dance took her around the world competing at the North American Nationals, Great Britain Championships, All Scotland Championships, and World Championships. At the age of 12 Rachel began assisting in grade level dance classes, and now she works with all dancers of all ages and levels. Rachel has completed all 12 of her grade exams and hopes to take her TCRG examination in the near future.

Guest Instructors

Our dancers in London also benefit from guest instructors on a regular basis. This includes David Branton, T.C.R.G. and lead instructor from Emerald Isle Dance Society/Goggin-Carroll School in Windsor ON. We also frequently receive visits from other teachers and assistant teachers from Goggin-Carroll - Oakville as well as benefit from online class opportunities with various instructors. Thank you to all the guest instructors that are helping our dancers reach their full potential!

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