We've designed a fun program that will teach your children the basics of Irish Dance, while learning how to listen, focus to develop confidence and self esteem. The classes create an environment in which the children will also develop their social skills.
Our teachers understand what is necessary to help you become a champion because in addition to having years of teaching experience, they themselves were well established Champions and former World medal holders placing in the top 5 at every major Championship worldwide including The World Championships.
MEET THE TEACHERS
Our teaching staff include accredited teachers and Adjudicators through An Coimisuin le Rince Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland.
All teachers are vetted through Assurint and B.C.I Utah to protect your children.
Stephen Scariff Director T.C.R.G/ A.D.C.R.G
Stephen's hails from Galway, Ireland and studied under the direction of Mairead O’Flaherty. During this period, he secured many Championship titles, winning multiple regional titles and placing in the top 3 at the All Ireland and World Championships.
In 1998, Stephen was approached to dance in the internationally famous dance show, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. At just 15 years of age Stephen was the youngest dancer ever hired by the show where he went on to perform the principal role of the ‘Good Lord’ for 4 years.
In 2002, Stephen retired from Lord of the Dance to choreograph, produce and star in his own show, Irish Dance Invasion. Invasion broke many box office records and enjoyed huge success touring mainland Europe.
In 2003, he established his own dancing schools in, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland and trained hundreds of dancers to become Champions.
In 2007 Stephen relocated to the U.S, and became accredited through the Worlds largest Irish Dance organization An Comisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. He established the Scariff school of Irish Dance which now offers classes in North Salt Lake City, Sandy and Logan in the state of Utah.
The school is phenomenally successful, with dancers winning in both solo and team categories at Regional level and also enjoys success on an international level by training dancers who have placed top five at the North American, All Ireland, All Scotland, Great Britain and World Championships.
The school has also trained and helped develop dancers who are currently touring the World as stars in The Lord of the Dance in leading roles along with many other dancers who have performed with the show as chorus line dancers.
In 2012 Stephen certified as an Adjudicator and enjoys judging Irish Dancing competitions Worldwide. He has received invitations to judge 5 different World Qualifying events around the World in addition to The North American Irish Dancing Championships. Passing the Adjudicating exam with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha has been one of Stephen's greatest achievements in addition to being one of most important. Stephen achieving his adjudicating exam has been an incredible asset to the Scariff School, in helping him see his dancers through the eyes of an adjudicator.
Stephen’s goal has always been to develop a dancing school that becomes home to each and every dancer in addition to bringing them to a level of success they never believed possible by building character, confidence and the ability to fulfill dreams through hard work and perseverance.
He and his school have achieved this as it continues to train dancers that enjoy success and recognition on an international level while making lifelong friends along the journey.
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Mia Leonelli Teacher
Mia is very excited to join the Scariff team. As a Utah native she's happy to back in her home state sharing her passion. She danced professionally with Riverdance completing two USA/Canada tours and a residency in Dublin before moving back to Utah to further her education. Mia is currently pursuing a master's degree in Accounting at the University of Utah.
Mia began dancing in 1999 with the Bracken School in Arizona. In 2003 her family relocated to California and she joined the Claddagh School of Irish Dancing under the direction of Maire O'Connell. Mia danced with the Claddagh school for 14 years, in that time she won two regional solo titles (2009, 2013) placed in the top three at the North American Nationals and in 2015 placed top 10 at the World Irish Dancing Championships.
In addition to her success as a solo dancer she competed on teams that won countless regional, national and international titles. Mia also excelled academically. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015 with a B.A. in History. Mia was selected out of hundreds of dancers who auditioned to tour with the World famous dance show Riverdance from 2015-2017.
Following her last tour with Riverdance Mia relocated to Utah with ambitions of attending graduate school.
She joined the Scariff School of Irish Dance as a pupil and assistant teacher. In 2018 her 4-hand team became the first Utah based dance team to win The Western U.S regional title. In 2019 she recaptured the Western US regional solo title, marking the end of her competitive career.
Mia successfully passed the T.C.R.G exam through An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in December of 2019 and has been an active member of the teaching staff since.
Reasons to Join Scariff
Over 25 years of teaching experience
21 Regional title winners in every category
Our teachers are World medal holders & former lead dancers from Lord of the Dance & Riverdance
Utah's no 1. competitively successful school
The Scariff School's main studio is located in Sandy, UT. It features a professionally built sprung wooden floor, with a layer of special non slip marley.
9854 S 700 E, Sandy, UT, 84070
North Salt Lake studio
Beg/Advanced Beg classes
2300 North main suite e
North Logan, Utah, 84341
MONDAY - FRIDAY
6:30AM - 7:00PM