Aisling Casey (ADCRG), Shaun Casey (ADCRG), & Eimear Toal (TCRG)
Eimear Toal, & Aisling and Shaun Casey
Owners, Aisling and Shaun Casey
Aisling Toal Casey, TCRG, ADCRG
My name is Aisling Toal Casey. I am from Belfast, Northern Ireland. I started dancing at the tender age of 4 for the Anne Reid School of Irish Dance in Belfast City. The school was very large and highly competitive which allowed me to take my dance career to a very high level. I grew up competing on All-Ireland, All-England, and World Championship stages. I placed in the top 5 in the All-Irelands and top three in the Region over the years.
Having already received respectable placings at a competitive level, I decided to turn professional. At 17, I traveled to Dublin where I auditioned for a part in the world famous show, Lord of the Dance, and after four grueling hours I escaped the elimination process and earned myself a spot in the show! I traveled all over the world for 7 years and matured greatly as a dancer. I was then offered the lead female role in the show.
It was while I was touring that I met my husband, Denver-native Shaun Casey. We were married in July 2006 and retired from the big stage to settle here in Denver. I am really excited to be teaching at Celtic Steps and continuing my passion for dance. I hope to take all the Celtic Steps dancers to a new level!
Shaun Casey, TCRG, ADCRG
Greetings to everyone and welcome. I am very excited to start the next phase of my Irish dancing career right here with Celtic Steps. I have been dancing and competing since I was 10 years old and have always loved the very competitive aspect of Irish Dance. I studied in Denver my whole competitive career and place first in the Western Region championship 7 times. I also placed in the top five and the North American championships five times and was very proud to have placed 10th in the 1998 World Championships.
In October 1996, I joined Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. We traveled around the world and performed for over 2 million people. The schedule was rigorous: six shows a week for the six years I was with the show! I was honored to be asked to dance each of the two principal male roles and worked hard to stay at the top of my game.
I learned a lot about Irish dance over the years and I am eager to give a little back to our students at Celtic Steps. I know Celtic Steps will grow to be recognized as a top school in the United States in the near future! With a little hard work and dedication, everyone at Celtic Steps can follow their dreams and be at their best both inside and outside of dancing. We will enjoy the ride together and I wish everyone the very best!!
Eimear Toal, TCRG
Eimear Toal McNicholas grew up in Belfast, Ireland and has been dancing since the age of 4. She was the Western Regional Irish Dance Champion and placed in the top 5 in the 2009 and top 10 in the 2010 Nationals. She led her team to 1st place in the World Irish Dance Championships in 2008 and 2011, and is a World Medal Holder for solo dancing at the 2010 World competition. She joined our teaching staff here at Celtic Steps in 2011 when she passed her TCRG exam. She is an invaluable asset to our teaching staff and works hard breaking down steps for our dancers, refining and polishing until they’re mastered. She married Brendan McNicholas in July of 2012 and is expecting her first baby, Caoimhin Michael, this December. She currently runs our satellite studio in Lakewood, and teaches teams and privates in Denver as well.
I first became passionate about Irish Dance when I took my first class at age seven. I have been a pupil of Shaun, Aisling and Eimear since the age of 19 in 2009 where I competed with Celtic Steps, at major competitions held nationally and overseas. As a soloist I achieved the title of National Champion in 2012 as well as placing top five several other years. I also placed sixth in the World Championships and won Western Regional Champion five times. The teams I danced with have many titles including World, All-Ireland, National and Regional wins.
I eventually began dancing in Strictly Irish, a professional show from Colorado that is produced by Shaun & Aisling. Traveling around America and dancing in shows had become a part of my life. In 2013 I entered a video in an online competition for a chance to be flown to Ireland to audition for a new show called Heartbeat of Home, from the producers of Riverdance. I was offered a position as troup member and have now danced and toured around the world with Riverdance and Heartbeat of Home.
I have a newfound passion in teaching the artistic sport which I have studied for years. I look forward to utilizing my experience to teach and coach others. As a native of Colorado and having grown in the world of Irish Dance, I welcome you to our studios and family!