Instructors

Mary Kate Conrad               Katie Cunningham               Jennifer Mammoliti               Erin Mansour               Katie O'Leary               Rebecca Braungart

 

Mary Kate Conrad, ADCRG

Mary Kate fell in love with Irish dance at age 4 and it has been a part of her life ever since.  As a champion dancer her favorite success was finishing 4th place in solos at the Regional Oireachtas.  Her enthusiasm for team dancing led her to Scotland, where she studied abroad for a semester as well as danced for the Setanta School, earning a 2nd place team medal at the World Championships (Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne).  Her favorite part of Irish dancing is team and figure dancing.

 

Mary Kate became a certified TCRG in 2002.  In 2006 she co-founded Clann Na Cara and then successfully passed her adjudicators examination in 2010. She greatly enjoys travelling and judging dance competitions all over.

Katie Cunningham, TCRG

Katie began Irish dance lessons in 1980.  Throughout that time she enjoyed competing and performing with her dancing friends.  In 1996 she began assisting with classes and her love for teaching children developed into a passion.  She most enjoys working with younger, beginner dancers and patiently helping them to grow and develop their skills.  She is also a Buffalo Public School art teacher since 1998 and loves working everyday with children.

 

Katie received her TCRG certification in 2003, and in 2006, co-founded the Clann Na Cara school.  She also later formed the very successful and fun Adult dance program at CNC and has led them to much success over the years.

Jennifer Mammoliti, TCRG

Jennifer began dancing at age 3. She is the 3rd generation in her family to Irish dance. As a champion level solo dancer she consistently placed in the top 5 from age 8-21 at the Mid Atlantic Oireachtas including a 1st place solo title at age 13, and top 10 at Nationals.  She qualified for the World Championships yearly and competed there 3 times in both solo and team dancing.  She also danced on several 1st place ceili, figure, and dance dramas teams at Oireachtas.

 

In high school Jennifer began assisting with dance classes and developed a great love for teaching. She most enjoys working with soloists and motivating dancers to be their best.  In 2006 after college graduation she co-founded the school and in 2007 obtained her TCRG certification.

Erin Mansour, TCRG

Since age 6 Erin has dedicated countless hours to her love of Irish culture. She achieved much success including a 3rd place in her solos at the regional Oireachtas. Erin has competed at the Nationals and World Championships in both solos and teams.  She also studied abroad in Galway, Ireland during college where, in addition to her studies, she also competed at the All Irelands and earned a 4th place solo ranking.

 

Erin became a certified Irish dance teacher (TCRG) in 2009 and is also one of the school's 4 co-founders.  Erin also helps coordinate all of CNC's performances throughout the year.

Katie O'Leary, TCRG

Katie began Irish dance lessons when she was 9 years old.  Over the years she has competed at regional, national, and world competitions.  Her favorite aspect of Irish dancing is team dancing and, while studying abroad in England, danced on a Ladies and Mixed figure team that placed 1st at the World Championships.

 

Katie received her TCRG Certification in 2011 and has been teaching with Clann Na Cara ever since.  Katie also runs the Tot program at CNC for ages 2 & 3.

Rebecca Lahey Braungart, TCRG

Becky started dancing at the age of 4 and achieved Championship level at age 9.  Having success in both solo and team dancing, she proudly earned a 1st place solo title at the Mid Atlantic Oireachtas, has placed top 5 at Nationals, and top 10 at the All Irelands. She qualified for the World Championships each year and has competed at the event 5 times.

 

Becky successfully received her TCRG certification in 2010 and joined the CNC teaching staff in 2016.

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