Ms. Jolie began her Irish dance career with the late Mr. Patrick Butler and the Butler Academy of Irish Dance in Syracuse, NY at the ripe old age of fourteen. After seeing Riverdance on the Late Night Show with David Letterman, she couldn't get the rhythms out of her head and knew she needed to learn herself.
She was devastated when the first dance school she spoke with told her she was too old to begin. God knew that wasn't the right school for her, and opened the door a year later when Mr. Butler began a class just ten minutes down the road from her house. Though she began "late", Mr. Butler and his assistant teacher, Pattie, pushed and encouraged her in both her competitive and show career.
After several successful years with Mr. Butler, and later Pattie Sheehan-Malinowski of the Butler-Sheehan School, she met and married her highschool sweetheart, Piper. They began a whirlwind adventure of moving around for school and careers, which landed them in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA.
While in Pittsburgh, Ms. Jolie began dancing with the Bell School of Irish dance where she finished out her dancing career under the amazing coaching of Julia Bell, ADCRG. She had the opportunity to compete at both the regional and national levels before retiring from competitive dancing. One of the highlights of her dance career was joining Michael Londra's Celtic Fire with fellow dance teachers Brian and Mary Lanni. She was able to travel for one season before stopping to grow their family with their second son.
Ms. Jolie fell in love with the teaching ethics, organization, and positive family atmosphere that is the Bell School and decided to stay on as a teacher after her dancing career ended. In 2014 she sat and passed the TCRG exam to become a certified teacher with An Comisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Ireland. She had ten wonderful years in Pittsburgh before relocating to the Triangle area. KIDS maintains a sister school relationship with the Bell School to this day.
She and her husband, Piper, have four boys, two who dance and two who might, and two wonderful dogs.
Ms. Jolie is so excited to bring her love of Irish dance to the greater Triangle community and cannot wait to welcome new students, young and old, to her passion.
The Kilpatrick Irish Dance School is a competitive and non-competitive traditional Irish dance school. We welcome ANYONE who wishes to learn this fun and exciting art.
We are new and have lots of room to grow! We're excited to have you join our inaugural class of dancers and can't wait to get started!
Beginner classes will start this Spring 2021 in our temporary location. It is our hope to be in a new studio space by Spring 2022. Come be a part of our growing family!