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About Coyle School of Irish Dance

The Coyle School of Irish Dance strives to instill in each student a respect for Irish culture by teaching various aspects of traditional Irish dancing. The school is committed to promoting teamwork among its students which in turn helps foster a family atmosphere within the school. Above all, it is important that each student enjoys his or her experiences with Irish dancing.

Irish Dance is a great sport and is a fantastic form of exercise that builds both confidence and discipline.  The Coyle School students have the opportunity to participate individually and/or as part of a team. The Coyle School of Irish Dance has over 30 years’ experience teaching dance to children from all over the Philadelphia, Montgomery Co, Centra PA, and the South Jersey area.  The school has many children that are enrolled in Irish dance as a recreational dance class for fun and exercise.  They also offer competitive classes for those who wish to compete in the USA and Internationally.  The students are taught to the standards of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland.  The Coyle School is a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North American (the national body) and also registered with the Mid-Atlantic Region (Regional body).

Currently, the school has two chapters with five certified dance teachers, three of which are certified adjudicators..

A Little History

The Coyle School’s roots can be traced back to 1971 in Philadelphia when Mr. and Mrs. Edward Coyle enrolled their daughters, Grace Ann and Eileen in Irish dance classes taught by Mr. Peter Dougherty originally of Co. Derry, Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Coyle also hail from Ireland – “Eddie” from Carrigart, Co. Donegal, and “Peg” from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare.

Their wish was to allow their daughters to experience and appreciate their Irish heritage. After Mr. Dougherty’s resignation, two of his students, Ms. Bridie Logue Norquist and Mr. Michael Barlow took over teaching his classes. Three years later, the youngest Coyle sister, Colleen, began Irish dance lessons at age four. For the next several years the three sisters took part in numerous competitions throughout the Eastern U.S. and performed at many public and private events.

In 1981 Grace Ann Coyle the “oldest” student was asked to lead the school. It was then that the school was officially “adopted” by the Coyle Family. Today the school is proud to have classes in seven locations taught by five certified teachers, three being certified adjudicators. Mr. and Mrs. Coyle could never have guessed in 1971 that their daughters would become so instrumental in spreading Irish culture through its dance.

The Coyle School Teachers

Grace Ann Coyle, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.- Began lessons in 1971 – Took over classes in 1981 – Passed teacher certification exam in 1989 – Passed Adjudicators exam in 1992.

Eileen Coyle Henry, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.- Began lessons in 1971 – Passed teaching certification in 1989. Passed Adjudicators exam in 2001.

Colleen Coyle Kelly, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.- Began lessons in 1974 – Passed teaching certification in 1993 – Began Coyle School of Central PA in 1997 – Passed Adjudicators exam in 2000.

Patsy Wrabley Swope, T.C.R.G.- Began lessons in 1977 – Passed teaching certification in 1997.

Nellie Anstock, T.C.R.G.- Began lessons in 1979 – Passed teaching certification in 1996