Allison is certified as a teacher (TCRG) and an adjudicator (ADCRG) by An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha (CLRG) in Dublin, Ireland. As a member of An Coimisiun, she follows their Rules & Regulations for teaching dancing, entering dancers in competitions, accepting dancers from other Irish dance schools, etc. Membership in An Coimisiun also means being a member of the National and Regional bodies of Irish Dancing, IDTANA (Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America) and IDTAMA (Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid America). Allison currently serves as Treasurer for IDTANA and is a member of the CLRG Marketing Committee.
Allison is the director of the Erickson Academy and teaches all class levels.
Allison began Irish Dancing at the relatively late age of 10. As a student of Mary McGing, TCRG, she qualified three times for the World Championships of Irish Dancing, performed for Gene Kelly and on tour in the former Soviet Union. Before forming the Erickson Academy of Irish Dance, Allison was, along with Heather McClanahan, TCRG, co-founder and instructor of the Bluegrass Irish Dancers (now The McClanahan School of Irish Dance) in Louisville, Kentucky.
Allison lives in Anderson Twp. with her husband Dick and children (when they are home from college) -- Adam, Ryan and Anna (Erickson Academy dancer).
Allison is certified as a teacher (TCRG) by An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. Allison teaches all class levels at the Main Studio as well as the West Chester Satellite.
Allison began dancing with the McGing Irish Dancers in Cincinnati in 1980 at the age of 5. Allison competed at many feiseanna in the Mid-America region and finished competing at the Preliminary level. From the age of eight, Allison competed annually in the Mid-America Oireachtas and qualified to compete in Worlds. Allison loved participating performances, especially the one for Gene Kelly in Los Angeles. Allison’s sister, Heather McClanahan, TCRG, directs The McClanahan School of Irish Dance in Louisville, Kentucky.
Allison lives in the Mason with her husband Kevin and daughter Kara (Erickson Academy dancer).
Rachel became a Teaching Assistant at Erickson Academy after completing a 15 year Irish dancing career with the McGing Irish Dancers.
Rachel’s successful competitive career includes placing as high as 3rd in the Mid-America Oireachtas, qualifying for the World Championships of Irish Dancing 4 times, and placing in the top 10 at the North American Irish Dance Championships (NAIDC).
Rachel lives in West Chester with her husband Matt and daughters Ava and Aubrey, future Erickson Academy dancers. While not teaching at the studio, Rachel can be found working as a head nurse in a local area nursing home.