Our Instructor

Allie Hartlein TMCRN has Irish danced since she was 7 years old. She competed in Cumann Rince Naisiunta (CRN), becoming the first Craobh Grad (or Champion) dancer at the Rince Nua School of Irish Dance and one of only two competitors with the Craobh Grad title in her age group in North America at the time. In order to become a champion, Allie won the Ard Grad (or advanced grade) Award at the North American Championships in 2013. Also, as a soloist, Allie placed in the top 10 at the  World Championships in Castlebar, Ireland, and placed highly at several North American and Regional Championships.

At Rince Nua, Allie fell in love with team dancing, which led to an additional three World Championship medals, all in the top five placements. Allie has also been on three teams that were North American Champions.  She is also undefeated in the family dance category in a two-hand she competed with her dad.

Allie has been teaching Irish dance since she was 16 years old.  In 2016 Allie founded the Shamrock Academy of Irish Dance at Twist and Shout in Mahomet and has since seen Shamrock Academy grow to be one of the largest Irish Dance schools in Central Illinois. Currently, Shamrock Academy students frequently place at National-Level CRN feiseanna.  Allie became an associate member of CRN in 2018 and is currently working on the teacher training course in CRN to obtain her Oide Damhsa Cumann Rince Naisiunta (ODCRN) and be a fully-certified Irish dance instructor.  As of January 2019, she has obtained her TMCRN (Irish Dance Teaching certificate).  In December 2018, she brought the first ever Irish dancing competition to Central Illinois, and she also serves on the North American Championships Committee.

Currently a student studying Mathematics at the University of Illinois, Allie also enjoys being in the Orange Krush and Block I and cheering on the Fighting Illini. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking and skiing, or anything where she can be outside and active.


Allie creates a wide array of championship and performance material

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Private Lessons

Allie is available for 1-on-1 private instruction, perfect for helping dancers reach their goals!

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Allie instructs group classes for ages 3-adult.

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