Faculty

Emily Wolff, TCRG

Owner, Director, Chief Instructor and Choreographer

Emily started dancing when she was just 4 years old and has danced with a number of schools in the Twin Cities over the past two decades. Growing up, she danced competitively under the direction of Katie Griffen TCRG and Rachel Knutson TCRG. In 2003, Emily decided to retire from competition and pursue her love of performance. Emily danced and taught for several years at the Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers in St. Paul where she had the amazing opportunity to perform with many local and international bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Gaelic Storm, Eileen Ivers, Katie McMahon, The Chieftans, The Young Dubliners, Scythian, Two Tap Trio, Myserk, and Tom Dahill. Emily also acted as Assistant Director, Instructor and Chief Choreographer of Rince na Chroi for 8 years.


Emily then decided to take her career to the next level by pursuing her Teaching Certification with An Coimisuin Le Rinci Gaelacha. She received her TCRG in December 2012 and in April 2013 she began the Mactír Academy of Irish Dance.


Outside of dance, Emily holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from St. Catherine University and worked for several years in the non-profit sector working with youth development for both Union Gospel Mission and Bethel University. Through her experience working with children and adults of all socioeconomic backgrounds, she is a true believer in social change through the art of dance. Not only does the Mactír Academy allow Emily to tap into her creative side, it gives her the opportunity to affect the lives of youth in such a positive way.


Liz Dengate

Instructor, Monday and Tuesday evenings

Liz started her dancing career in 1995 with the O'Hare School of Irish Dance in Birmingham, MI and danced competitively for several years throughout Michigan. After graduating high school she joined a performance team through her college and found both her passion for teaching and choreography, as well as life-long friendships. Liz then eventually found her way to Minnesota after landing a job with the Minnesota Zoo as an Education Coordinator where she plans curriculum, camps, and educational trips for hundreds of children and teens each year. 

Liz joined the Intermediate Adult Program in the Fall of 2014 and found her place in our community quickly. With her extensive background in both performance, competition, and teaching, it was clear that Liz would make a great addition to the teaching staff. Liz now teaches on Monday and Tuesday evenings working with dancers of all ages and abilities. 

Ciara Reynolds

Instructor, Wednesday and Thursday evenings

Ciara has been dancing and teaching in the Twin Cities since 1995. She began her dancing career at Saint Paul Irish Dancers, and continued her teaching and performance career at Rince na Chroi Irish Dance School where Ciara and Emily taught together for several years. Ciara has performed with many local and international bands such as Gaelic Storm, Natalie MacMaster, Eileen Ivers, Katie McMahon, The Chieftans, The Young Dubliners, Two Tap Trio, Myserk, and Tom Dahill. 

Ciara has been an integral member of the Mactír community from it's founding in 2013 working alongside Emily at performances, competitions, and everything in between. Ciara's strong passion for working with children lead her to a bachelors in Child Psychology, and Masters in Special Education from the University of MN. Ciara now teaches on Wednesday and Thursday evenings working with dancers of all ages and abilities.