MEET THE TEACHER
Hi, my name is Louise Lenihan and I am the founder and principal of Lenihan Academy — a brand new Irish dance school in Penrith, NSW Australia. Our school is new, but my passion for Irish dance is not. I started dancing at the age of six and competed at State, Australian and World Championship level, winning over 20 Australian national ceili titles along the way. My 20-year career as a dancer took me across Australia and around the world — performing on live television, in theatres, stadiums and stages on several continents.
In 2009, I attained my formal teaching qualifications (TCRG, registered with AIDA NSW, AIDA Inc and CLRG*). For many years I taught for one of the oldest and most successful schools in the country under the guidance of the Patron of the Australian Irish Dancing Association, Janice Currie-Henderson, before finally deciding to establish my own school in February 2019.
I am also one half of the duo behind Irish dance website Ready to Feis, and co-wrote and published the book Parade of Champions: Inspiration for the Irish Dancer.
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Our school caters for all ages — from tiny tots to established seniors. We are an approved Active Kids provider. Class sizes are kept small to ensure as much one-on-one attention as possible, and to enable dancers to learn at their own pace.
Students are encouraged to enter competitions, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt through my dancing career, it’s that the friendships you make along the way are far more important than any trophy.
If you or your child would like to join the Lenihan Academy family, feel free to take the next step and contact us.
Looking forward to meeting you,
Louise Lenihan, TCRG
* TCRG stands for Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha and translates to Commission Certified Irish Dance Teacher). CLRG is An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha — the oldest and largest governing body globally for competitive Irish dancing. I am also registered with the Australian Irish Dancing Association and have a current Working With Children Check.