Meghan Comaskey, ADCRG
Meghan started dancing at the age of 5 with Fidelmia Mullen Davis, one of the founders of the IDTANA, and then with dance Master Kenny Verlin of the Verlin School of Irish Dancing in New Jersey. When Kenny passed away suddenly, Meghan stayed on with Ellen Riordan Ross, ADCRG who runs the very successful Verlin School to this day.
In addition to attending her first World Championship at the age of 9 in Galway, Ireland, Meghan loved to compete and enjoyed success on a local, regional and national level. Meghan was an open champion dancer and a world qualifier as well as a top 12 placer on a National level.
Meghan performed frequently for a variety of organizations and audiences throughout the years including the PNC Arts Center, the United States Customs Emerald Society and Rutgers University. She also choreographed performances along with her sister, Erin, for dancers that were featured at the Dance Festival at Six Flags and other local venues and festivals.
Meghan began teaching with her sister in New Jersey and had a non-competitive school that grew from a few students to over 100 which prompted the sisters to obtain their TCRG in 2001. The school remained non-competitive until Meghan, with a Masters in Forensic Psychology, decided to serve her country with the DoD after 9/11 and left the dancing school. At that point, the sisters dissolved the school to pursue other professional opportunities.
Two and a half years ago, Meghan re-opened the school in Newport News after leaving her full time career to spend more time with her family. She successfully passed her ADCRG exam on her first attempt in 2013 and is currently training other candidates to be successful, certified TCRGs.
The school has grown immensely and seen much success since its inception. In addition to many local performances, Meghan has trained dancers who have excelled at the local and regional levels as well as National qualifiers. However, what she is most proud of is instilling a sense of pride, community and work ethic in her students and creating an environment where dancers feel successful.
Meghan is thrilled to be teaching and choreographing with her sister again and is having fun training dancers of all levels and skill sets!
Erin Comaskey, TCRG
Erin began dancing at the age of 4 with Kenny Verlin and the Verlin School of Irish Dance in New Jersey. Erin stayed with the Verlin School and Ellen Riordan Ross, ADCRG after Kenny’s untimely passing in 1986.
During her years as a competitor, Erin enjoyed success on a local, regional and national level. She was an awarded open championship dancer, as well as placing top 3 and top 5 in the regional Oireachtas qualifying for the World championships. She was also a top 10 in the National champion.
Outside of competitions, Erin truly loved to perform. She danced for two years with Frank Patterson’s Great Night for the Irish Gala at Radio City Music Hall, the Irish Heritage Festival at NJ Center for the Performing Arts and several years at the United States Customs Emerald Society Irish Heritage Month celebrations amongst other local performances.
In 1997, Erin began teaching Irish dance at a local dance studio(Hawthorne School of Dance) on weekends home from college. After 4 years her initial class of 6 dancers had grown to a performing school of over 100. In 2001, along with her sister Meghan, she passed her TCRG exam and they established the Cumascaigh School of Irish Dance ( a non-competitive performance group). The school was dissolved in the 2003 when both sisters moved abroad for work and family.
Erin has continued to be involved in Irish dancing in her travels abroad, working with several traditional performing groups in Spain (Claddaugh Ring Dancers and Nuala). She is very proud and excited to be working with her sister again.