Orla Slattery, Teacher Assistant
Orla Slattery was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1990 at the age of 2. She began dancing with the Schilling School of Irish Dancing when she was 5 years old and in the fall of 1996, when the Schilling School closed, Orla began dancing at the Kevin Broesler School of Irish Dance in Paramus, NJ. Under the instruction of Kevin Broesler, ADCRG, Orla reached Preliminary Championship and competed in feisanna, including the Mid-Atlantic Regional Oireachtas, until 2002 when she entered high school and took interest in Field Hockey, Basketball and Orchestra.
In addition to Irish dancing, Orla began fiddle lessons at age 5 under the instruction of Rose Flanagan of Rockland County, NY alongside classical training on the violin in Roxbury Public Schools, attaining 1st Chair and Concert Master throughout her high school years. Under Rose’s instruction, Orla competed in Irish music competitions at local feisanna as well as the Fleadh Cheol, a prestigious Irish Music Championship, which was held annually at Manhattan College; today, it is held in Whippany, NJ, in the month of June. Orla also performed as a special guest with the Dicey Riley Irish Band in East Hanover, NJ in her high school years.
Orla is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education as well as a minor in Nutrition. She is also a Nationally Certified Adapted Physical Education teacher and is currently in her fourth year as an Adapted Physical Education teacher at PG Chambers School in Cedar Knolls, NJ.
Orla looks forward to working with the Slattery School, while studying and pursuing her TCRG. It is her hope, in the near future, to be teaching Irish dancing alongside her sister, Elaine, to help promote the Irish culture through Irish dancing and to help foster the importance of friendships, family and good sportsmanship in our Slattery Irish Dance family.
Elaine Slattery, TCRG
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 eighth year as an elementary school teacher in Mount Olive, New Jersey.
In February, 2013, Elaine earned her Irish Dance Teacher Certification and is a registered teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. 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.
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