About us

Lismore Academy of Irish Dance is a traditional Irish Dance school. The school was founded in 2014 in Winston-Salem, NC by Anna Carpenter, TCRG. Anna and her sister began their dance career at the Rince na h’Eireann School of Irish Dance (RNE) under Sandra Connick, a native of Cork, Ireland. Sandra grew up in a family with a strong tradition of Irish Dancing. With fond memories of dancing and competing with her sisters, Sandra has passed her love of dance and teaching onto her students. Anna danced with RNE for 16 years before she branched off, with the encouragement of Sandra, to start Lismore Academy.

Lismore Academy has dancers of all ages and at all dance levels from Beginner to Champion. Anyone is welcomed and encouraged to come and learn the intricate and fun art of Irish dance in its many different facets from solos to teams and ceili dancing. Many of our dancers participate in competitions both locally, nationally, and internationally. Our dancers also learn to love the art of performance and its importance in Irish Dance. The Lismore Academy Irish Dancers perform all over the Piedmont for people of all walks of life, sharing the love and joy of their form of dance.

Lismore Academy of Irish Dance is located in Lewisville, NC and is part of the USA Irish Dance Alliance Branch of An Chomhdhail. 

Anna Carpenter, TCRG

Anna started dancing at the age of 8 and immediately fell in love with Irish Dance. She has had the opportunity to compete all over the East coast of the United States and worked hard to advance through the Irish dance ranks to the Championship level. Anna has competed internationally and has qualified to dance at the North American Championships, All Ireland Championships, and the World Championships.

Anna has taught Irish dance for 10 years at the Rince na h’Eireann School of Irish Dance. In 2012, She  become a certified Irish dance instructor (TCRG). In 2014, with the encouragement of her previous teacher, Sandra Connick, Anna started the Lismore Academy of Irish Dance in Winston-Salem, NC.

If you would like to give Irish dance a try, please come and join us anytime!