O'BRIEN ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE
Rose O'Brien - ADCRG
Rose is the Principal of the Academy. As to origional founder of the school, Rose continued to develop and nourish her love and passion for Irish Dancing from her competitive days dancing in Dublin, into teaching when she emmigrated to Perth in 1989 with her husband Patrick, and her chirldren Anthony, Annemarie and Martina. Teaching hundreds of students including her two daughters, Rose has been a pivotal member of the Irish Dancing Community both in WA and Nationally for over 25 years.
Martina O'Brien - TCRG
Martina joined the teaching staff at the Academy after she retired from competitve dancing with two State Championship Titles and multiple Top 5 placings at WA State Championships, once she competed in the most prestigious category for female dancers in Australia - Senior Ladies (21years and over). Having danced for her mothers school since she was two years old, Martina competed in local, national and international competition both solo and ceili. Sharing in Rose's passion and love for Irish dancing and celebrating her heritage and culture, Martina followed in Rose's footsteps and sat her official TCRG qualification exam in September 2016 and was successful.
Annemarie Poland (nee O'Brien)
After a very successful competitve dancing career achieviing Top 15 placings at the Australian National Championships and multiple Top 3 placings in WA State Championships, Annemarie retired from competitions to join the teaching staff of the O'Brien Academy. She has danced since she was 3 years old and travelled the globe competing at local, State, Interstate, National and International competitions both in Solo and Ceili competitions including the World Championships multiple times. Having recently married her husband, Lee, in January 2015, where students performed a specially created display to celebrate, Annemarie is excitied to continue teaching alongside Rose, Martina and Kari to develop and grow our Academy family.