Entries by Sarah Russell

[1994]: Galway Races

[1994]: Mark Howard, former Trinity Managing Director Amy Campbell Moran, and the U13  “Galway Races” Figure Choreography Team celebrating their hard-fought world championship win In 1994, Trinity dancer Anne Blume was preparing to perform “The Galway Races” on the world stage with her U13 choreography team. An unexpected sprained ankle, an enormous amount of determination, […]

Pat Roche

[𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟮]: Founder Mark Howard with Irish dance legend Pat Roche. Pat Roche was a County Clare native that dedicated his legendary life to promoting Irish dance in Chicago through his own school and the creation of the first Chicago feis (Irish for competition). Most of Mr. Roche’s grandchildren would eventually be trained by Mark Howard […]

Michael Howard

[𝟭𝟵𝟴𝟳]: Founder Mark Howard embracing his father Michael Howard, perhaps Trinity’s biggest fan, in Galway, Ireland after coaching a team to win the first world team title for the United States Happy 84th birthday to Michael Howard, the man whose selfless heart reached family, friends, and strangers in equal measure. Michael grew up in Portlaoise, […]

Trinity Irish Dance Company

[𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴]: Mark Howard with four Artistic Associates from his critically-acclaimed, non-profit Trinity Irish Dance Company Since the founding of Trinity Academy in 1982, Howard has evolved from a formidable coach who led his students to break records for the United States to a Founding Artistic Director whose innovative work celebrates the integrity of the form and is […]


The Beginning

𝟭𝟵𝟴𝟬: Mark Howard guides dancers from the McGing-Howard school, two years before founding the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. With a bold vision since inception, Howard led Trinity to win America’s first world team titles in all three categories: Dance Drama (1987), Figure Choreography (1994), and Ceili (1998) “Always remember that teamwork is the essence […]