Why join Phoenix Irish Dance Academy?
Shani and Rachel have a combined 30 years of competitive and performance Irish dance experience, intensive fitness knowledge, and theater proficiency. This dynamic combination provides a diverse and well rounded classroom experience. Shani and Rachel encourage each student to discover the best versions of themselves and reach their full potential as dancers, through integrity, honest effort, and a love of Irish dance.
Rachel Wolf, R. N. (Co-Owner)
Rachel started Irish dancing at age 7 and has been in love with the style and energy of Irish Dance ever since. She has danced on a competitive level, but the roots of her love affair with Irish dance stem back to the stage and performance-style Irish dancing. Now a registered nurse and owner of several Let Mommy Sleep franchises, Rachel also holds a degree in psychology. Rachel has an extensive background in theater, directing, teaching, and business management, and has directed many plays, productions, and camps. Rachel has also taught Irish dance on a professional and private level for many years.
Shani DuFrain, TCRG (Co-Owner)
Shani started Irish dance at 8. She has competed in several Southern Region oireachtaisí, as well as the North American, All Ireland, and World Irish Dancing Championships. She performed twice on Carnival cruise ships in the Caribbean and Mexico, and in many festivals and shows up and down the east coast of the US. She received her TCRG certification in 2012, and in 2015 she sang on the title track of Mark Christopher Brandt's album, Joie de Vivre. Her footwork and steps may be heard as percussion on several tracks from the same album. Shani is also a certified POP Pilates instructor.