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Owner and Director


Teresa Hesener is the owner and director of Aisling Mor Academy of Irish Dance. She started dancing at the age of 10 and quickly moved through the levels of competitive Irish dancing. She achieved the status of Open Champion at the age of 15. Among her competitive achievements include a Regional (Oireachtas) Championship title, 9th place at the World Championships, 6th place at the British Nationals, several top 10 placements at the North American Nationals, and several recalls at the All Ireland Championships. 

Teresa passed her TCRG exam to be a registered and vetted teacher with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG) in August 2012. She has been an active teacher ever since and has taught students of all levels from beginner through world qualifier. 

In addition to her TCRG, Teresa also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She majored in Business Management with a minor in Business Law.

Teachers: About


Teachers: Dance Instructors

Emily Simanton

Emily has been dancing for 15 years, since the age of 4. At age 13, she achieved the status of Open Champion. She has competed in both solo and team competitions at the regional, national, and world championship levels. She has completed grades 1-10, and is on track to complete 11 and 12 in the next year. Emily has been a teaching assistant for 4 years, and has experience teaching with ages 3-14. She loves to share her passion with others and help children reach their goals. She strongly believes that every dancer should have a fun and positive experience learning Irish Dance. Along with competing and teaching, she loves to perform for her community, especially during St. Patrick’s Day. Emily is a sophomore at Monmouth University where she is studying Marketing.

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