Amy Coppola TCRG
Amy Coppola is the heart and soul of Dunleavy. Her life's work is ensuring that every dancer who walks in through the studio doors finds a home at Dunleavy. She is constantly finding new methods to inspire her students and motivate them to realize their fullest potential.
She started Irish dancing at age six and knew shortly after that she would someday open her own Irish dancing school. Amy grew up in Rochester, NY and attended St. Joseph's and Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women.
She was raised with a strong sense of philanthropy and always knew that after finishing college she would give back to Rochester, NY through her work with youth. Her vision of creating a positive community came alive when she founded Dunleavy Irish Dance in 2012.
Her passion for Irish music inspired her to study the fiddle and join the community of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann musicians. Amy served on the CCE committee for many years and dedicates herself to supporting young musicians. She has traveled to Boston, New York City, the Catskill Mountains, and all over Ireland to pursue this passion. She incorporates traditional Irish music in the program at Dunleavy to give her students a much deeper experience in Irish dancing. Because of this, Dunleavy dancers are often seen on stage performing alongside world class musicians.
Amy studied at Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelors in Business, a degree in Women's History, and received the National Certification in Exercise Science. Amy is a certified instructor with the Pilates Intense Interval Training program which she incorporates into her classes to keep her dancers healthy and strong.
Amy has earned her TCRG teaching certification with the most prestigious association of Irish dance in the world, the CLRG. Amy is committed to keeping her dancers safe and is certified with SafeSport and vetted through the CLRG. She takes an active leadership role in the Irish dance community in both personal and professional capacities. She organized the Advent Mass at the MidAtlantic Regional Oireachtas for many years, and currently serves on the Social Media & Marketing committee for the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America. Amy strongly believes in contributing to her community and is always happy to donate her talents and time.
Miss Anna and Miss Polly started learning Irish dance when Dunleavy first opened. They have grown into incredible young women who are leaders and role-models to every dancer in our school. They embody the values of Dunleavy and are an essential part of our team.
Although they are highly awarded dancers, they exhibit incredible sportsmanship and humility. They are constantly coming up with new creative ways to inspire the younger students and bring them closer together as a team. Their spirit is so generous that they create a feeling of belonging to everyone surrounding them. They have the ability to spread their enthusiasm and transmit positive feelings in such a powerful way.
Miss Anna and Miss Polly are beloved at Dunleavy. They have a powerful influence and we attest much of our success over the years to both of them.