Daria Van Doren, Associate Teacher

Daria Van Doren began Irish dancing at the age of 10. Under the instruction of Sinead Curran, TCRG and Noelle Curran, ADCRG, she progressed through the grade levels to the championship level. She assisted with classes throughout high school, sparking her interest in teaching Irish dance in the future. After the closing of the Curran School, Daria enrolled in the Slattery School of Irish Dance and competed in Open Championship while assisting classes with Elaine, TCRG. 

Competitively, Daria competed in Local, Regional, and National Irish Dancing Championships. She medaled in solo and team events, including top 3 placements in 4-hands, top 10 placements in 8-hands, and top 25 placements in solo competitions. Daria also performed in community events throughout New Jersey, including St. Patrick’s Day parades, nursing homes, weddings, dinner dances, Macy’s Shop for a Cause, and Somerset Patriots pre-shows.

Daria is a critical care Registered Nurse and works in the Intensive Care Unit. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Daria holds certifications in First Aid and CPR/AED, Basic Life Support (BLS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Daria is currently preparing for the TCRG exam in the near future. She successfully completed Grade Exams 1-12 and was awarded “The Diploma of the Irish Dancing Commission.” In 2019, Daria was a recipient of an Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) Scholarship. 

Daria hopes to instill joy and spread her love of Irish dance to all students who walk in the door.

Meet Our Team

Tina Slattery, Enrollment Director

Tina Slattery was born in Dublin, Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1990.  She is the mother of Elaine Slattery-Moskwa and in addition to her managerial secretarial duties at the Slattery School of Irish Dance, Tina is our #1 veteran "Feis Mom", always willing to answer questions and help where needed.  If you have any enrollment or tuition questions, you can contact Tina via email at tina@slatteryirishdance.com.  

Elaine Slattery-Moskwa,TCRG​/Director

Elaine Slattery was born in Dublin, Ireland.  She began dancing at the age of 4 with the Crean School of Irish Dancing where she competed in and won several competitions, including the Leinster Championships, prior to immigrating to the United States in 1990.  Upon arrival in America, she attended the Schilling School of Irish Dancing in Wharton, New Jersey.  As a student with the Schilling School, in addition to competing in numerous local feisanna, Elaine also qualified to compete in her first U.S. Regional and National Oireachtas and qualified for her first World Championships in Limerick, Ireland at the age of nine.

In the fall of 1996, after the Schilling School closed, Elaine enrolled in the Kevin Broesler School of Irish Dance in Paramus, New Jersey.   Under the instruction of Kevin Broesler, ADCRG, she reached her highest potential.  She qualified and competed in Regional, National and World Championships each year until she retired from competition in 2005.  Elaine has medaled in Regional and National competitions throughout her dancing career, with her highest placement of 6th in the Regional Oireachtas and 13th in the Nation. 

Elaine has performed with numerous Irish bands including The Chieftains, The Wolfe Tones, Cherish the Ladies, Eileen Ivers, Lenehan and Brendan Grace.  She has also performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, represented Fitzpatrick Hotels and performed live on FOX and Friends News. 

In 2007, Elaine was selected as the very first New Jersey Rose of Tralee.  This award was earned based upon her Irish background, activities honoring her culture and her future goals to promote Irish culture abroad.  This title gave her the opportunity to travel to Ireland as an ambassador of New Jersey to compete in the Rose of Tralee International Festival, which is held every year in Tralee, County Kerry.

Elaine is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies and Psychology.  She is also a graduate of Montclair State University with a Master of Arts Degree  in Teaching and is currently in her thirteenth year as an elementary school teacher in Mount Olive, New Jersey.   Elaine currently resides in Flanders, NJ with her husband and two children.

In February, 2013, Elaine earned her Irish Dance Teacher Certification and is a registered teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG) in Dublin, Ireland.  She is also a proud member of the I.D.T.A.N.A. and the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Elaine has come full circle now, establishing her own Irish dancing school, which has been her dream since she attended her first World Championships at the age of nine in Limerick, Ireland.