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Ep 39 – Katie Grennan

Katie Grennan is a familiar face in the Irish dancing community as both a TCRG and feis musician. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she grew up dancing for the Burke School under the direction of legendary instructor, Tessie Burke and throughout her competitive dancing career, she achieved many accolades including placing in the top 10 at multiple of North American Irish Dance Championships and top 5 at Mid America Oireachtais. 
 
Upon retiring from the competitive Irish dance world, Katie eventually turned her passion for Irish music and dance into a multifaceted, full-time career. She sat and passed the TCRG exam in 2010 and has since taught at both the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance in Chicago and the Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance in Pittsburgh. In her early 20s, she toured as a dancer with a variety of shows including Busch Garden’s Celtic Fyre and Magic of the Dance. Shortly thereafter, she focused her attention to her other great passion: playing the music she loved to dance to at a professional level. And indeed, this is what she is currently doing as the current fiddle player with the popular Celtic band “Gaelic Storm” (featured in the movie “The Titanic”), which tours over 100 days a year and headlines major festivals. Other career highlights include playing for the Trinity Irish Dance Company, Hammerstep of America’s Got Talent, and Irish tenor Michael Londra, as well as making guest appearances with popular groups such as the Chieftains and Cherish the Ladies. 
 
Katie is truly living her best life as she teaches music and dance across a full spectrum of levels from beginners to champions, plays for dancers at local and regional championships, and gets to see the world and meet other dancers and musicians when touring throughout the year. You can find her collection of recorded dance music on both iTunes, Spotify, and CD Baby. 

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