Our World Class Instructors

ADCRG, TCRG

Neill Reagan

Neill began dancing at the age of five when his parents wanted their five children to carry on their Irish heritage.

Neill Reagan is the son of Irish born Irene O'Conner and Irish-American, Jerry Reagan. He began dancing at the age of five when his parents wanted their five children to carry on their Irish heritage. After dancing for only one year, Neill won the title of Eastern Regional Champion and accomplished that same title for the next fifteen consecutive years. At age 7, Neill, his two older brothers and two younger sisters began to tour the states with The Paddy Noonan Show band as the "Reagan Family Dancers".

Neill has continued to perform world-wide with artists such as, The Chieftains, The Wolftones, the Irish Rovers, Jurys Cabaret, The Commitments and many others. Famous stages include Radio City Music Hall, Trump Plaza and Resorts International.

In 1985, Neill won the prestigious North American Senior Belt and was the youngest dancer ever to accomplish this achievement. Overseas, he won the triple crown Sligo County Championship against the best Europe had to offer, and the All Ireland Championship in Limerick, Ireland. In 1986, Neill became one of only five Americans to earn the title of "World Champion" along with the renowned Michael Flatley.

ADCRG, TCRG

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He started dancing at the age of 8 with the Armstrong School of Dancing

Patrick McCarthy is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He started dancing at the age of 8 with the Armstrong School of Dancing and over his 15 year dancing career has won the regional championships multiple times, placed in the top three in every major Irish dancing championship including 3rd at the World Championship Senior Men's.

In 1998 Patrick joined the world famous Lord of the Dance tour. The following year Patrick was chosen to tour with the record breaking production Feet of Flames alongside Michael Flatley. The show danced to sell out crowds around the world in arenas such as Madison Square Garden, Stormont Castle in Belfast and in Budapest’s Olympic Arena. Next Patrick was handpicked to dance the role of “Dark Lord” in Lord of the Dance World Tour (Australia). Impressing the choreographer, Patrick was elevated to the main lead of “Lord of the Dance” that same year.

After five years of dancing, touring six continents, and dancing to royalty, presidents, and uncountable crowds Patrick has turned his attention to sharing his experience and love of Irish dancing to Inishfree students in San Antonio and Texas.

TCRG

Pierce Beach

Pierce Beach is one of the Southern Region's first champion dancers. He was the second Boys Under 10 Southern Region Oireachtas Champion.

Pierce Beach is one of the Southern Region's first champion dancers. He was the second Boys Under 10 Southern Region Oireachtas Champion. From 10 years of age he qualified for the World Championships in both solo and team dancing, and he is a World medal holder in both solo and team dancing as well.
Throughout his 12-year dancing career, Pierce shared the stage with legendary Irish groups such as The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, and Eileen Ivers.

Since 2011, Inishfree has been lucky to have Pierce as one of our teachers. Since his arrival, he has worked mainly with our newest dancers, and over the last three years has developed quite a knack for getting our youngest to work hard and have fun at the same time. Inishfree has some of the most talented young dancers in the region, including the most recent Girls Under 8 Oireachtas Champion.