Ann Lavin-Cassidy, TCRG, ADCRG
Ann Lavin-Cassidy began her dancing career for Carol and John Walsh at the Redmond-Walsh Academy in Birmingham, England. The school was later taken over by Margaret Dunleavy and Dan Armstrong becoming the Dunleavy-Armstrong School. It was under the direction of Margaret and Dan,that Ann became Oireachtas and Great Britain champion. Additionally, Ann became a top medal holder at both the All-Ireland and World-Championships in both solo and ceili competitions.
Ann started teaching for Margaret at a very young age and continued to do so when she moved to Co. Sligo, Ireland. It was in one of her early talented beginner classes that she instructed her sister, Emma Jane Lavin, who went on to become a four-time World Champion.
Ann moved to Chicago in 1986 and established the Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dance. The school has gone on to Regional, National and World acclaim. The Lavin-Cassidy School has several top 3 medals in both solo and team competitions from the World Championships. They have performed for the Clintons at their last St. Patrick's Day party in the Whitehouse and for the honorable Richard J. Daly, Mayor of Chicago.
Ann teaches all levels of classes, beginners to champions, solo and teams. She is both TCRG and ADCRG certified and is a member of CLRG An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, IDTANA, and IDTAMA. Ann most recently adjudicated the 2010 Eastern Canadian Oireachtas and the 2009 North American Championships.
Ann is married to Tom Cassidy a native of Co. Mayo, who completed the state-of-the-art LC dance studio 7 years ago. They have 2 children, T.J. and Caoimhe. Caoimhe, a former Open Championship dancer is an instructor at the school. The Cassidy’s reside in the Chicago suburbs.