About


Meet The Teachers:

Carlene Stillson ADCRG/TCRG

The Stillson School of Irish Dance is under the direction of Carlene Moran Stillson ADCRG / TCRG. She is accredited by An Coimisiun in Dublin, Ireland and a member of IDTANA.  (Irish Dancing Teacher's Association of North America) and The New England Region teaching organizations. Carlene has a long tradition of dancing having started at age 4 under the direction of her aunt at the Lenihan School of Irish Dance in New Haven, CT. She has competed in the New England Regional, North American and World Championships.

In existence for twenty-five years, the school is the only certified school of Irish dancing in the state of Maine. The school's dancers compete all over New England and place in the NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL IRISH DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS annually. Dancers have placed in the North American Irish Dance Championships, as well as competed in the All Ireland Championships, The European Championships, Great Britain Championships and The World Irish Dance Championships. Students of the Stillson School of Irish Dance are proud to have performed with Cherish the Ladies, Solas, The Trinity Irish Dance Company, Natalie MacMaster, and Eileen Ivers among many others.


Mairéad Stillson TCRG


MAIRÉAD STILLSON is the oldest daughter of Carlene Stillson. Mairéad began dancing at the age of two and performed on the White House lawn at the age of three. Over her competitive career she placed 2nd at the New England Oireachtas, top 20 at the North American Championships and the All Ireland Championships, and qualified for numerous World Championships. Mairéad has spent the last seven years as a principal dancer and dance captain of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's production of Celtic Fyre. Mairead is proud to be a part of the original cast of Rockin' Road to Dublin, where she is also the understudy for the lead role. In the fall of 2015, Mairéad was cast in the European tour of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games and went on to perform with the show on Broadway. Her proudest accomplishment is getting to perform the lead role of 'Morrighan' on Broadway in front of her family and the Stillson school. She recently graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Psychology. Mairéad received her TCRG certification in the spring of 2016 alongside her sister Deireann, and is delighted to be a part of the teaching staff at the Stillson School of Irish Dance.

Deireann Stillson TCRG

DEIREANN STILLSON is the second daughter of Carlene. Deireann has been dancing with the Stillson School since the age of three and has enjoyed competing both solos and team dances as well as performing with various well known groups such as Eileen Ivers, Cherish the Ladies and in Downtown Disney. Throughout her career she has been a two time World Qualifier, a top nationalist, and placed in the top ten at the New England Oireachtas. Deireann attended and graduated from Elon University with the class of 2016, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Finance. She now works as a finance and accounting rotational analyst at SPX Flow based in Charlotte, NC. She enjoys splitting her time between her corporate job and working with the students at our studio in Maine. Deireann earned her TCRG certification with Mairéad in the Spring of 2016 and is enthusiastic about teaching all the talented members of the school.








Contact the Stillson School: 
    (207) 839-2219 
67 Alexander Drive
Gorham, Maine 04038





Performances

The Stillson School of Irish Dance has an active show team which has performed throughout New England as well as on the Elipse lawn of the White House. They have been featured dancers accompanying such renowned Celtic performers as DANU, GAELIC STORM, SOLAS, CHERISH THE LADIES, TRINITY DANCE COMPANY, LIZ CARROLL, BILLY MCCOMISKEY and MICK MOLONEY, and  EILEEN IVERS. They have also been featured performers in Downtown Disney for Disney's Magic Music days in Orlando. 

Locally, they are featured throughout the year having danced for the Yarmouth Clam Festival, Channel 13 News, the Angel Band, Ladies of Lake and for many private as well as community functions. Performances consist of both the fluid soft shoe style as well as the rhythmic hard shoe popularized by shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. The dancers also perform group ceili dances, choreographies and dance dramas. 


For more information on booking the team for your function please see the contact page.



Costumes

Costumes are the generally the responsibility of the individual. There are several costumes used by the school depending on the age and dancing level of the individual. Traditional Irish dress is represented in the school dress which features embroidery designs taken from the Book of Kells. This costume is worn by intermediate dancers for competition and performance as well as advanced dancers when taking part in group competition. Advanced dancers may also require a solo dress. Costume requirements can be discussed with Carlene for the appropriate choice.




Costumes can often be purchased second hand through families in the school who have outgrown them and are moving up in size. Again, Carlene may be able to direct you to someone wishing to sell a costume.







Shoes worn are the traditional Irish ghillie for soft shoe dancing and the hard shoe. These may be purchased through the following sources as well as at Feiseanna (Irish dance competitions) or in some Irish import stores in larger cities such as Boston. The Scottish ghillie which looks somewhat similar is NOT appropriate and is not allowed to be worn in Irish dance competition. 
We require our championship dancers to wear Flexi Pro hard shoes from Feis Fayre. Please see our links of vendors below. 

SHOE VENDORS