Jean Hill started her Oklahoma City-based Irish dance and music program in June, 1998, at the historic City Arts Center on the state fairgrounds, now called Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. From 1999-2009, with partial support from the Oklahoma State Arts Council, Jean brought a number of certified Irish dance teachers into Oklahoma, both for her students and for all interested dancers in the region. These inspirational teachers included Eimir Ni Mhaoileidigh, Maureen Hall, Niall O’Leary, Riverdance lead dancer Eileen Martin, Dancing on Dangerous Ground dancer Colleen Farrell, and sean nos dancer Kieran Jordan. From March 2004 to March 2006, Jean studied intensively under former Lord of the Dance lead dancer Kristin Butke, and under her tutelage, passed the Irish dance teacher’s certification exam (TCRG) in January, 2006.
At Hill Irish Dance School, students are guided to get the most out of their Irish dancing experience, whether that means learning a few basic steps and some easy ceili dances, or training to become a champion level competitive Irish dancer. Students as young as five years old may enroll in classes and adult dancers are welcomed.