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Karl Drake T.C.R.G.

 

Professional Achievements

Workshops and Master classes given throughout North America, Europe, Yanling Studios, Beijing, China and most recently at the World Famous Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing, China

 

KIM OF QUEENS TV APPEARANCE, Lifetime TV, March 4, 2014
 
THE JOURNEY HOME, Shanghai, China, March 2013

Produced and choreographed "The Journey Home" in Shanghai, China to a sold out crowd in March 2013 as part of Irish week in Shanghai 

 
CELTIC CONNECTIONS, BEIJING, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China, March 3, 2012

Choreographer

 
AN IRISH EVENING, Dublin, GA, March 2012

Directed and produced show to a sold out audience of 800 people 

 

RHYTHM DANCE – THE SHOW, Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), Tennessee, April-May 2001 & 2002

Lead Dancer/Choreographer

 

RHYTHM DANCE – THE SHOW, Branson, Missouri, April-May 1998 & 1999

Lead Irish Dancer/Choreographer 2000

  • Performed select pieces from Riverdance with a cast of over 50 dancers and musicians

  • Completed over 80 sold out shows in front of a 1,000+ audience over a five week period in 1998 and completed 175 sold out shows in 1999/2000 

  • Choreographed select pieces from the show

 

NATIONAL CLOGGING CONVENTION, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1999

Guest Instructor & Performer

 

RHYTHM DANCE – THE SHOW, Austria, November 1998
 
MIDTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL, Birmingham, AL, June 1998

Lead Irish Dancer/Choreographer

 

Performed four shows at “City Stages” with a cast of thirty dancers

Choreographed all Irish Dance pieces

  

COMMON GROUND, Delray Beach, FL, March 1998

Lead Irish Dancer/Choreographer

  • Performed in four sold-out shows with a cast of thirty Irish, tap, & clog dancers

  • Choreographed Irish dance pieces and designed all Irish dance costumes

  • Taught workshops for tap dancers & cloggers to incorporate Irish dance in routines

 

National Clogging Convention, Nashville, TN, November 1997 & 1998

Guest Instructor & Performer

  • Held hour-long workshops on beginning and intermediate Irish dancing at the Opryland Hotel

  • Taught fundamentals of Irish dancing to over 1,000 clog dancers

  • Performed in and choreographed the show, “A Tribute to Riverdance” with a cast of over 50 dancers to conclude the week long convention

 

NATIONAL CLOGGING CONVENTION, Atlanta, GA, 1998

Guest Instructor & Performer

 

Achievements
  • Trained and coached Maggie Domingo, who placed 5th at the All-Ireland Championships 2014 in Dublin, Ireland 

  • Trained and coached Catie Foley, currently ranked 8th in the Worlds

  • Trained and coached Anne Reilly who danced with Riverdance 2007 and 2008

  • Trained and coached Alex Arguelles who danced with Riverdance, Mexico Tour in 2006

  • Trained and coached 16-hand team, who auditioned and performed for America’s Got Talent, making it through to the second round in February 2009

  • Produced Regional & National Dance Champions who competed in the World Irish Dance Championships held in Ireland since 1990 to present

  • Created the Drake School of Irish Dance in 1990 in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, and the state of Florida.  The school has now expanded to also include the states of  Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and the countries of Mexico and China

  • Received “Exceptional Ability in Performing Arts” immigration status

  • Eastern Regional Irish Dance Champion

  • Placed 5th in the World Irish Dance Championships in Ireland

 
Education
Golden School of Irish Dance, New York, NY

August 1986 – December 1989

Irish Dancing Teachers Association – T.C.R.G.

Dublin, Ireland, 1990

Education

O’Shea School of Irish Dance, Dublin, Ireland

August 1974 – August 1986

 

Choreographies
  • “American Wake” at Emory University, Atlanta, GA

  • “Dancing at Lughnasa” at Pace University, New York, NY

Performances
  • Georgia Renaissance Festival 2014, Atlanta, GA

  • "The Chieftains" at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA

  • "The Chieftains" at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

  • Atlantic Celtic Festival

  • Festival of Trees at the World Congress Center, Atlanta GA

  • Festival of Nations & Cultures, Atlanta GA

  • Savannah Irish Festival, Savannah, GA

  • Tampa Irish Festival, Tampa, FL

  • Capitol City Ballet, guest appearance, Atlanta, GA

  • Miami Orange Bowl Parade, Miami, FL

  • 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta, GA

  • Performed throughout Europe at major folk dance festivals