Meet the Team

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 Ana Ayala Barker, TCRG

 Owner/Director of Rince Arkansas

Ana started Irish dancing at the late age of 14. In her competition years she reached Open Championship status placing 2nd at the Southern Region Oireachtas, and competing at Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne. She established Rince Arkansas after the closure of the McCafferty School of Irish Dance to continue the tradition of Irish dance in the Northwest Arkansas region. Ana passed her TCRG in the fall of 2016. Ana is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and loves to cheer on the Razorbacks. Ana is thrilled to have Alyssa as part of her team in Rince Arkansas.

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Alyssa Graves – Teacher/Deputy Director of Rince Arkansas

Alyssa started Irish dance at age 7 under Judy McCafferty. She achieved Open Championship status and placed 15th at the Southern Region Oireachtas. Alyssa is currently preparing to take the TCRG exam. In addition to Irish dance, she has an incredible talent for design and loves creating custom apparel. She is excited to continue her Irish dance journey with Ana as part of the Rince Arkansas teaching staff.

 

Assistant Teachers

Laura Ellis – Preliminary Champion dancer, and doctoral candidate at the University of Arkansas in Biology.

Mary Rose Warren – Open Champion dancer, and sophomore at the University of Arkansas studying Animal Science in preparation for veterinary school.

Hope Snyder – Open Champion dancer, and senior at Fayetteville High School.