Cara Casey-O’Loughlin was born in Calgary, Canada to an Irish Immigrant father and Canadian mother, at a young age, Cara fell in love with Irish dancing and decided she had to pursue it. By the age of 7, she was dancing at an international level. Cara was uncontested Western Canadian Champion for many years and consistently placed among the top three of the North American Championships. She had many successes along the way, the most memorable placing 3rd at the All-Ireland Championships in 2003. Cara joined “Riverdance the Show” in September of 2003 and at the end of the first year, at the age of 18, was asked to begin training for the role of principal dancer. Cara has performed to sold-out houses in major U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Las Vegas. After touring, she obtained her Bachelor of Communications, Majoring in Journalism and opened a dance school with her husband, Mark O’Loughlin (Casey O’Loughlin Academy). The school has been running successfully in Calgary for 12 years.
Two daughters, a few houses and an 80 pound pitbull-mix later, she and her husband started (CLRG-approved) ‘Reels in the Rockies- Irish Dance Adventure Camp,’ which aims to provide Irish dancers with a traditional summer camp experience while incorporating Irish dance classes by world-champion instructors. The camp has just finished its third, successful year. These days, she splits her work time between her dance school, dance camp, judging, and freelance writing for local papers, magazines and marketing clients.