on MISH-nock SHIN-ock DOWSE-uh
Translated from Irish, our academy name means
"The Courage of a Dancing Fox."
MSD Irish Dance Academy was founded by Natasha Hart and Rebecca Lonam in 2016. The Spokane studio opened its doors around St. Patrick’s Day of 2017.MSD Irish Dance Academy trains competitive and non-competitive Irish Dance in Spokane, WA. We are committed to communicating and manifesting our vision. We partner with our community to nurture dancers, not simply offer dance classes. We enhance physical development, create emotional balance and stability, and inspire self-expression. Our attitude is serious in our play, which is embodied in the fox or in Irish the "sionnach."
Natasha is a certified Irish dance instructor, TCRG, and Rebecca has completed her MS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Rebecca is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach. This is a huge benefit to the academy as it is focused on injury prevention. Both women also have extensive experience competing and performing Irish dance. Combined, their experience and certifications equip them to provide a fun, safe, and effective curriculum for this Irish Dance Academy. Our curriculum facilitates knowledge of adequate food for our degree of physical activity. We advocate for a healthy relationship with food and body image in a sport that is aesthetically and physically demanding.
After watching the production of Riverdance as a child, Natasha was eager to demystify the beauty she saw on stage. Natasha began Irish dance in the summer of 2000. After a few years of competing, She decided she had a passion for teaching. Natasha attained her TCRG, a foundational certification in Irish dance in 2016.
Rebecca started Irish dancing under Spokane’s Academy of Dance at the age of twelve. Rebecca quickly progressed to assistant teacher as well as competing. While her passion for Irish dance grew, Rebecca decided to focus on overall health, by attaining a Master's in Nutrition and Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology in 2017.
When our academy lives its core values the results are an athletic environment providing
courage, hope, and spirit with an emphasis on quality. An Misneach Sionnach Damhsa, Irish
Dance Academy is committed to communicating and manifesting our values.We look forward to visiting with you.