Our Teaching Team

Bernadette Short, ADCRG

Bernadette Short came to Montreal from her native Dublin in early 1974. From age 6 she was a pupil of the renowned Peter Bolton School of Irish Dance in Dublin and participated in many festivals and competitions throughout Ireland until moving to Montreal.  There she became involved in passing on her knowledge and passion for Irish dance and culture to her new friends across Quebec. Over the years she has fostered and spread the traditions of Ireland enriching the community where she lives and abroad. She is not only an Irish Dance Teacher but is also a qualified Adjudicator, much in demand across North America. She has judged major championships around the world including the World Championships and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the school she created. 


marie short, ADCRG

Marie, grew up dancing in her mom's Irish dance school. Although  never pressured by her mom, Marie worked her way up through the different grades of competition.  While in college, Marie auditioned for and was accepted into Trinity Irish Dance Company, and toured with the show over a period of two years.  Between shows and academic pursuits, Marie continued to dance at the Championship level, both locally and internationally .   She also competed successfully at the Eastern Canadian Championships, the North American Championships, European Championships, All-Ireland championships as well as the World Championships.

After retiring from competitive dancing, Marie qualified as a certified teacher of Irish Dancing in December 2004. Since then, Marie works alongside her mother, in both the administration and teaching aspects of the school.  Marie graduated from Concordia University with a B.Sc. in Exercise Science and uses her background in fitness to work on conditioning programs with the dancers in the school.

In 2013 Marie became a certified adjudicator of Irish dance and now adjudicates at competitions throughout North America.

Anne Marie Keenan, TCRG

Anne-Marie started dancing at the age of 3 in Jazz Ballet. At age 5, she began Irish Dancing at the Bernadette Short School of IrishDancing. Anne- Marie had an extensive Irish Dancing career with many accolades to her name. She is a 7 time Eastern Canadian Champion, two-time European National Champion, North American Champion as well as placing at  8 consecutive World Irish Dancing Championships. Anne- Marie has also had the pleasure of performing with Nathalie McMaster, at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann shows in Montreal and at  the "Just For Laughs" festival.  Anne-Marie qualified as a certified teacher of Irish Dancing in the fall of 2010. 

Kathleen Irving, TCRG

Katie began Irish dance classes with Bernadette at age 4 and progressed through the different grades of competition.  After a short break from the dancing during Katie's high school years, she returned with a renewed motivation at age 17.  At this time, Katie worked diligently and competed successfully at the Eastern Canadian Championships, the North American Championships and the World Championships.  After having completed her undergraduate degree at McGill, Katie auditioned and was accepted into a show entitled the Magical Dance of Ireland and performed throughout North America and Europe.  Katie has been a teacher with the Short School since 2000 and has been a certified teacher of Irish Dancing since the spring of 2010.

Natasha Woytiuk, TCRG

Natasha danced for the Bernadette Short School of Irish Dancing for over fifteen years before retiring from competition in 2013 and passing her T.C.R.G examination.  Among other achievements, she has placed top ten at the World Championships, top five at the North American Championships and has won the Eastern Canadian Regional Championships twice. She also earned medals at other international level competitions such as the All-Ireland, the All-Scotland and the Great Britain Championships.

Throughout the fifteen years, Natasha had the pleasure of performing in many shows including the television programs "So You Think You Can Dance" and "L'Échelle du Talent". Aside from Irish dancing, Natasha has also completed the pre-professional program of dance at Ballet Divertimento and is currently completing a degree in dance education at l'Université du Québec à Montréal.


ALLison walker, tcrg

Allison began dancing at the age of 6 under the instruction of Bernadette Short at our Chateauguay location. At the age of 12, she competed in her very first Eastern Canadian Oireachtas. By 13 she was successfully competing at various championships across Canada, United States and Ireland, including the North American Championships and the All Ireland Championships where she would receive a recall medal. In 2010, Allison competed in her first World Championships. She decided in 2012 to retire from competitive dancing to focus on teaching. Allison has been teaching in the school since 2007 and earned her TCRG certification in 2014.