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Teachers of the Drake School of Irish Dance

Karl Drake A.D.C.R.G.

Karl Drake is the founding member and director of the Drake School of Irish Dance franchise.  He grew up in Dublin Ireland, and received his initial training in Irish dance there at the O'Shea School. He has worked to grow the school across the Southern United States as well as introduce it to Mexico and China. He has received very many accolades in the Irish Dance community and has been commissioned to direct and choreograph shows across the world.  If you would like to read more about his professional record you can click here.


Contact info.

Email: rangrince@aol.com

Telephone: (404) 524 - 6986

Maddie Hane T.C.R.G.

Maddie Hane is the primary teacher at the Drake School in Houston. In her career as a teacher she has worked closely with many of the Drake School's top championship level dancers.  She also maintains an excellent track record with céili teams, having trained multiple teams that placed in top positions at the southern region Oireachtas.  This is all after her own successful competitive career having high placings at many majors and attending the worlds multiple times.


Contact info.

Email: maddie.hane@gmail.com

Telephone: (706) 832 - 2315


Cindy Brainerd T.C.R.G.


Starting Irish dance as an adult didn't stop Cynthia Brainerd from developing a strong passion and proficiency in the art.  She began arranging and choreographing performances for her local area in Florida, and in 2004 she was brought under the wing of Karl Drake and his school.  With the training of Karl Drake and Elaine Kavanaugh A.D.C.R.G., she earned her T.C.R.G. and began teaching classes of her own.


Ashley Breihan T.C.R.G.


Ashley Breihan was one of the first students at the Fort Walton Beach, Fl location of Karl Drakes Schools.  She rose to the championchip level of dancing in only three years of starting Irish dance. Ashley has had several attendances at the Southern Region Oireachtasí and North American Irish Dance Championships.  She has also performed with famous Irish musicians such as Eileen Ivers and The Chieftains. She became a certified T.C.R.G. in September of 2014.


Lisa Cregan T.C.R.G.


Lisa Cregan runs the studio in Alpharetta, Georgia.  She was the former owner of the Cregan-O'Brien School of Irish dance prior to her joining the Drake School team.   Lisa had a very successful competetetive career prior to obtaining her T.C.R.G. certification, for she is a world medal holder in both solos and teams competitions.  

Christina Deacy T.C.R.G.


Christina Deacy has a lot of experience with both competing and performing in Irish dance.  Her prowess lies in her technical ability, grace, and presence on stage, which has made her successful at her various competition appearances at the worlds to the all-Irelands.  She now teaches in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Moira Fischman T.C.R.G.


Moira Fischman began her Irish dance career at the Butler School of Irish Dance, and then soon moved to the Drake School in Sarasota where she started her training with Karl Drake.  She rose to the open championship level and competed at the Oireachtas Rince Na Cruinne in Belfast. She attended the Gaelic Roots camp at Boston College and Camp Rince Ceol in New York, the latter of which she later became a counselor for.  She received her T.C.R.G. certification in 2013.

Deirdre O'Connor T.C.R.G.


Deirdre O'Connor is a travelling teacher for the Drake School of Irish Dance.  Although she resides in New York, she often goes to the various Drake School locations where she aids in teaching and works privately with many of the Drake School Dancers.  

Amanda Tucker Poole T.C.R.G.


Amanda Tucker Poole, while competing, achieved top 5 positions at 4 Southern Region Oireachtasí, and qualified for the worlds competition 5 times.  She has toured doing multiple shows such as The Magic of Ireland.  She is the instructor for the Drake School of Irish Dance in Auburn and Birmingham, Alabama, helping to produce National and World Championship qualifiers.

Mary Branick Ujda T.C.R.G.


For over 20 years, Mary Branick Ujda has been bringing the joy of traditional music and dance to a broad range of audiences and students.  She began her Irish dance career at the age of 5 in San Francisco at the Healy Irish Dance Studio.  She was an open champion and was part of many winning teams in the Western Region Oireachasí, and she taught teams in places as far as Hong Kong. She moved to Atlanta where she got her T.C.R.G. in 2005.