Neave Mc Cann was a competitive Irish dancer for 16 years. She was fortunate and skilled enough to travel all around the world to attend exclusive dance competitions, placing at the World level. Competition was her passion, and perfecting the art form of Irish dance was something she was truly loyal and dedicated to from age 4. Neave recently did a tour of Ontario with “The Magic of Ireland” that allowed her to showcase her love for Irish dance in a more dramatic form – “I was allowed to move my arms!”.She has also performed for the President of Ireland, and danced with the famous Celtic band, "The Chieftans" on one of their Canadian tour stops. In the summer of 2012, Neave produced an Irish play called “Lovejig” (www.lovejig.com) that mirrored her experiences as a relentless competitive Irish dancer.
"Irish dance has not only provided me with top placements at regional, national and world levels, but it has shaped the mix of qualities I own today. I want to pass the torch on to future dancers and instill the passion, cultural awareness, motivation, skill, panache and work ethic that every great dancer hones, whether they are a world champion or not". A member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Neave’s academic teaching training and expertise flows over into her dance studio.
Kathryn Grant-Kowalenko aspires to assist every student to reach their potential within dance class and the regular school classroom.
A proud alumni of the Grant School of Irish Dance from 1990-2005, she competed at the Canadian Championships placing in top three consecutively from 1994-2005. Kathryn traveled to National competitions in Boston, Vancouver, Nashville, Chicago, and Toronto coming in the top 20. She also represented Canada for the World Irish Dancing championships competing overseas from 1997-2005.
Completing a Honour Specialist in English at the University of Toronto, she continued on to become an elementary school teacher graduating from OISE two-year program Masters of Teaching in 2010 to begin teaching at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
Her family organizes a yearly Huntington’s Fundraiser having raised over 80,000 dollars for the Huntington’s Society of Canada and building awareness about this disease within her community.
Her belief is that a teacher must understand the whole child and how each child learns in different ways. Kathryn also believes in the importance of parents, students and teachers working collaboratively to ensure a student is successful, whether this be in a school or dance setting. She received her TCRG in 2014 and is excited to be teaching at the Crossbane School of Irish Dance.
Sarah Grant encourages her students to work hard and have creative fun through Irish dancing.
Proud alumnae of the Grant School of Irish Dance from 1992-2005, she competed at the Canadian Championships placing in top ten consecutively from 1994-2005. Sarah traveled to National competitions in Boston, Vancouver, Nashville, Chicago, and Toronto coming in the top 30. Specially, in the Boston national competition Sarah placed 6th out of 90 dancers. She also represented Canada for the World Irish Dancing championships competing overseas from 2002-2005.
In 2012-2013 Sarah earned a Diploma for Early Childhood education and is currently a Montessori directress since 2013.
At a young age Sarah discovered another passion for fundraising and started the “Hunt for the Cure,” event for Huntington’s in 2004. Her family organizes a yearly Huntington’s Fundraiser having raised over 80,000 dollars for the Huntington’s Society of Canada. Sarah was chosen to be the Public Relations representative for the Youth Huntington’s Society of Canada Toronto Chapter in 2007.
She ensures that all students in her Montessori and dance classroom work together as a team and inspires students to use their passion for Irish dance. Sarah is excited to be apart of the Crossbane team.
Katie Reilly fell in love with Irish dancing at the age of 10 and went on to enjoy Irish dancing with a successful 15 year career as a competitor and perfomer. She has competed in Canada, the United States and Ireland. She received her TCRG in 2013.
She danced for the Grant School of Irish Dancing as well as the Butler-Fearon O'Connor school. She has recently joined the Crossbane-Grant team after running the Reilly School of Irish Dance for 4 years.
Being a teacher comes naturally to Katie, whose parents were both Special Education teachers. She has continued on the same career path and is a High School Teacher in Toronto. She hopes for all students to enjoy their educational experience, whcther it be academic or recreation based. She wants all students to have fun and experience the culture of those around them. She believes that every child has a talent that can be fostered by encouragement and support from those around them, and that working with students, parents and the community can foster the love of Irish dance that she has come to embody.