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Meet the Dance Teachers

“Teachers create the future when they shape the people they instruct, guide, and encourage. Teachers give hope and the belief that every person has something positive to offer.”

TCG’s Irish Dancing Program is run by sisters Christina and Victoria White. Christina and Victoria did gymnastics at The Children’s Gym for many years before returning as gymnastics coaches. When TCG’s previous dance director had to suddenly move away, Christina and Victoria offered to teach Irish dancing in its place. The program was born!

Now, years later, the program is flourishing, with multiple levels and over 60 students ages 3-14. We have a Performance Team, participate in a local St. Patrick’s Day parade, offer Irish birthday parties and a special Irish dancing Parent’s Night Out, and run Irish dancing day camps during Winter, Spring, and Summer Break.

The most important thing we want you to know about our program is that we believe in teaching in an encouraging way.  Class is structured to instill an appreciation for discipline, but instruction is always geared towards creating a positive, pleasant, and fun-filled environment that students will look back on and remember with joy.  We love Irish dancing and want your child to love it, too!

Christina White │ Dance Program Director and Instructor

Miss Christina began Irish dancing when she was 9 years old.  She has trained both as a solo and team competitor and performer.  She is currently ranked 6th in the Western US Region, and she has qualified for the World Championships eight times.  Irish dancing has taken her all over the Pacific Northwest as well as to New York, Tennessee, Boston, Florida, Canada, and Ireland.  She has performed with The Chieftains, the Trail Blazers, and the Oregon Symphony.  In addition to coaching gymnastics at The Children’s Gym, she has been teaching Irish dance for 9 years.  Irish dancing is her passion, whether it be competing, performing, or teaching!

Victoria White │ Dance Instructor

Miss Victoria first Irish danced when she was 7 years old. She excelled competitively, reaching the highest level of competition in a mere year and a half. She is the current Western US Regional Champion, meaning she is the highest ranked dancer in the 13 western-most US states. This makes her a two-time Regional Champion, having won in 2015 and successfully defended her 2015 title in the oldest (and some would say hardest) age category in 2016. She has qualified for the World Championships six times, been ranked as high as 20th in North America, and placed as high as 24th in the world. She has traveled all the way to England and Ireland, and she has performed with many world-renowned Irish musicians. She has been teaching for six years and loves passing on her love for Irish dance!

Have a question for us?  We’re happy to help!

Contact us at irish.dance@childrensgym.com or 503-249-JUMP (5867).