the boyle sisters

the boyle sistersThe Boyle School of Irish Dance is owned and operated by Alannah Boyle Sweeney, ADCRG and Ellen Boyle Gibbons, ADCRG. Alannah and Ellen are the daughters of Irish immigrants. They grew up immersed in Irish culture, music, and dance. Trained in New York as dancers from the ages of four and five, they have won several medals in regional and national championship competitions throughout the United States and Canada, qualifying on multiple occasions for the World Championships in Ireland.

The Boyle sisters have performed with such Irish music greats as the Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, The Wolf Tones, 7 Nations, and Black 47, to name a few. They have made television appearances on both the Merv Griffin Show and in commercials and have been the headliners of Celtic festivals and events. Their choreographies have been performed throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area and some have been sold and performed by other professional dance companies.

In 2006, Alannah Boyle Sweeney and other Boyle School dancers performed throughout the Caribbean on board the Carnival Legend. The Boyle School sailed again in 2007, dancing on board the Carnival Miracle, in 2008 on the Carnival Triumph, and in 2010 went for a fourth tour on board the Carnival Freedom. The Boyle School has won "Best Irish Dancing School," "Best Performing Group" and "Best Dance School" in the Washington DC and Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day parades. In June of 2007, Boyle School dancers were chosen to do a performance preview at Wolf Trap on the opening night of Riverdance. In the spring of 2010, the Boyle School was asked to perform as headliners at the Key Largo Irish Fest.

The Boyle School is a certified Irish Dancing School and a member of the An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. Boyle School dancers have won the Southern Region Oireachtas, qualified for the National and World Championships of Irish Dance and have placed in the All-Ireland Championships, North American Irish Dancing Championships and the World Championships. The School, with almost 500 dancers, holds classes in Alexandria, Annandale, Chantilly, Herndon, & Manassas, Virginia.

Elizabeth Doughty, TCRG

Elizabeth DoughtyElizabeth Doughty, TCRG, is a full-time teacher who is certified with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. Elizabeth is an Open Championship Dancer who has been Irish Dancing since age seven and has medaled in multiple Regional and National Championship competitions. Elizabeth has qualified for the World Championships on two occasions, once for team dancing, and once for solo dancing. In 2011 she medaled in hard and soft shoe at the All-Ireland championships, placing 6th in the reel.

Katie Francis, TCRG

Katie Francis Katie Francis, TCRG, is a full-time teacher who is certified with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. Katie has been dancing since age six. She has competed as an Open Championship dancer in many Regional and National Championships. Katie has also danced at the World Championships in figure and solo dancing, placing 28th in solos and receiving a recall medal. She has years of experience dancing competitively and in shows all over the Northern Virginia/DC area.

Samantha Haas, TCRG

Samantha Haas Samantha Haas, TCRG, is a full-time teacher who is certified with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha and an IT Director with the Boyle School. Samantha has been dancing with Boyle since age eight and is a Open-Championship dancer. She has competed and medaled in many Regional and National Championships. Samantha has also medaled at the All-Irelands Championships in 2012 and 2015 in soft shoe and hard shoe, and is a three-time World Championships qualifier. In 2015, she placed 3rd in the Regional Championships.