Amy Habel, TCRG
Amy is celebrating her 18th 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 at Jessica Morgan School of Dance. 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 Joe Duffey. Tyler Schwartz, 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 Irish dance teaching certification with the World Irish Dance Association.
Amy graduated from VCU in May 2004 with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management. When she is not teaching she is a full-time HR Analyst with the VA Worker's Compensation Commission and a member of the Richmond Compensation Association.
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 1-9 teaching certification with World Irish Dance Association (WIDA).
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 1st 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 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).
Eliza serves as an Assistant Teacher as part of Crossroads Student Teacher program. She is a junior at James River High School, where she participates in Model UN, SURF, and is the 2018-19 President of the Girl Up JRHS Club. She has been dancing for 8 years, starting in 4th grade, and joined troupe as a Mini in 7th grade.
She has always enjoyed the sense of community that Crossroads creates, and always strives to be a better role model/dancer for herself, and the younger students. Her goal for dance is to learn all traditional sets and achieve the grades 1-3 certification.
Emma started dancing when she was 2 and studied ballet, tap and jazz until she was 7 at Jessica Morgan School of Dance (now Marianne Kelly School of Dance) Fascinated with watching the Irish dancers practice, and excited to try something different, she decided to switch to Irish dance the following year.
She's been studying Irish dance with Amy Habel, TCRG for 8 years and has been on the Troupe for the past 4. She's been an assistant instructor for Kailani and Amy this past year and continues to enjoy working with students each week.