Meet Our Crossroads Staff

Amy Habel, TCRG
Owner/Artistic Director

Amy is celebrating her 17th year as director of Crossroads. Amy began her dance training at the age of 3 at Fredericksburg Ballet Centre (FBC) in Fredericksburg. She danced at FBC for 17 years studying ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz. In 2000, she decided to further pursue her dance training specifically on Irish Dance.  

In 2001, Amy became director of Crossroads Troupe and the Irish dance program. For 5 years, she studied under Danny Tighe, TCRG, with the Danny Tighe School of Irish Dance. Amy competed in Irish dance competitions under CLRG (An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) in which she worked her way to Champion level. 

In 2008, Amy received the perpetual trophy “Adult Master Cup” at Feis Culkin.
Throughout her training Amy has had the opportunity to train with many great teachers and dancers including: including Padraic  Moyles ,Craig Ashurst,  Niamh O’Connor and Kevin Horton from “Riverdance” and Rachael Harris from Busch Garden’s “Emerald Beat”. 

Amy currently holds her TCRG teaching certification with the World Irish Dance Association. 

Amy graduated from VCU in May 2004 with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management. Amy currently resides in the Richmond area with her daughter and husband who recently graduated with Master’s degree from VCU in Special Education. Amy also When she is not teaching she is a full-time HR Employment Specialist with the VA Department of ABC and a member of the Richmond Compensation Association.   

Patricia Ligon
Co-Director, Adult Program Coordinator

Patricia began dancing at the age of 7, studying ballet and creative movement as a child. Becoming interested in Irish Dance as an adult, she enrolled with Amy Habel in the program in 2006. She also had the opportunity to study for several years under Danny Tighe, TCRG and Joni Muggivan, TCRG, and has been competing in ceili and solos at Irish Dance Competitions at both the local and national levels through the CLRG (An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha) and WIDA (World Irish Dance Association).  Additional studies have included workshops with members of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Disney World's Ragland Road and Celtic Fyre. 

Patricia joined Crossroads Irish Dance Troupe in 2011, and having a professional background in management, began using those skills serving as co-director in 2012.  Her responsibilities include designing, crafting, and maintaining the Crossroads school and troupe costumes.  Owning her own business in web design and development, Patricia also constructed and maintains the Crossroads Irish Dance website www.crossroadsirishdance.com

Patricia currently holds Grade 1-7 teaching certification with World Irish Dance Association (WIDA). Patricia will be preparing to take her Grade 8 and 9 exam this June.

Kailani Stratton
Instructor

Kailani began Scottish Highland dancing at age eleven, and then Irish dancing starting in 2006. In 2012 she started as an instructor at Crossroads. She has attended workshops with dancers from Disney World's Ragland Road , Lord of the Dance and Riverdance. She enjoys performing and choreographing for the Crossroads Irish Dance Troupe.

In November 2106, Kailani was the WIDA Eastern Oireachtas Champion placing 1
st place in her age division. She continues to compete at the Open level at local and national competitions.

 Kailani 
currently holds Grade 1-3 teaching certification with World Irish Dance Association (WIDA)




Emma Jones
Instructor

Emma began her Irish Dance education at 6 years old.  She has studied Irish dance, music, and culture with Amy Habel under Jessica Morgan School of Dance, Marianne Kelley School of Dance, and Crossroads Irish Dance.  She is currently an upper level student at Crossroads, performer on Crossroads Troupe, and assistant/beginner level teacher for the studio. 

Emma is an Open Championship level dancer and has claimed the title of Preliminary Champion multiple times.  For the past three years, she has qualified to compete in the World Championships with the World Irish Dance Association.  This coming summer, she will be a selected member of the dance crew for the professional performing company, studio2stage.  Emma hopes to continue the cultivation of her dance training as she transitions into college at William & Mary. 

Emma currently holds Grades 1-3 Certification with the World Irish Dance Association (WIDA).





Emily Snow
Group Fitness Instructor

Emily Snow has been dancing since she was three years old. She has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and musical theatre. Emily has been teaching dance classes since she was 15 years old to all different age groups and brings a fun energy to all of her classes.

She continued on with this love of dance into college and received a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in dance and a minor is business administration. After college she found another love in fitness and became certified in Barre Body, Zumba, Les Mills Sh'bam, and Pound. Emily has been teaching group fitness for four years and loves that she can bring her two passions together.

As she became even more involved in the fitness world Emily made the decision to become a certified Personal Trainer and currently trains at Crunch Fitness in Scott's Addition. Bringing her two passions together has become a very fulfilling life and she can not wait to bring it the students are Crossroads Irish Dance Studio!






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