Jean Hill is founder and director of Hill Irish Dance School and has been teaching Irish step dancing and ceili dancing since 1998. Known for her patient teaching style and in-depth knowledge of the music through playing two instruments, accordion and penny whistle, Jean believes the essential element of dance is enjoyment. She earned her TCRG (Irish Dance Teacher's Certification) in January 2006 and is a registered teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG) in Dublin, Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, Southern Region.
From 1983-2007, Jean performed as a dancer and musician with various Irish music and dance groups in the Oklahoma City area, particularly with the Celtic band, Banish Misfortune. As a performing artist with the Oklahoma State Arts Council Touring Program from 1998 to 2007, Jean presented traditional Irish dancing to audiences and workshop participants all over Oklahoma. From 2001 to 2006, she organized the Irish Arts Oklahoma workshop and concert series featuring internationally known Irish guest artists in the fields of Irish music, dance, language and song. From 2003-2005, and again in 2017, she was an artist on staff at Oklahoma Arts Adventure summer camp at Northern Oklahoma College, teaching World Dance, Irish Dance, penny whistle, and Celtic/Viking Art.
From 2006 to 2015, Jean created and directed Celtic Camps for children in Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, and Edmond. These summer fine arts camps focused on the traditional art, dance, music, language, and cooking of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Frank Rupp, TCRG
Frank started Irish dancing at the age of 7 and has been dancing both competitively and in shows ever since. Since his first Oireachtas in 1996, Frank has competed on a regional, national and international scale. His most notable achievements include winning 1st place in the New England Regional Championships in 2005 and 2006, and medaling at the North American Championships twice. He qualified for the World Championships five times, and enjoyed traveling to Belfast twice and once to Ennis for the competition.
In addition to creating choreography for shows, he has been developing his ceili and solo teaching skills with students aged three through seventy for the last 8 years. Frank graduated from Fordham University’s College of Business Administration in May 2010. He received his TCRG in November, 2010.