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 If your kids love music and movement, our program is the perfect choice for them. They will learn Irish Dance from the ground up, starting with the basic steps and rhythms that make this dance form so unique and exciting. Along the way, they will also develop important skills that will help them in school and life, such as listening, focusing, confidence, and self-esteem. The classes are not only educational, but also social and fun. Your kids will make new friends who share their passion for Irish Dance, and they will enjoy the encouragement and feedback from our friendly and experienced instructors. Our program is more than just a dance class, it’s a journey of discovery and joy.

 Our teachers are not only seasoned instructors, but also passionate dancers who have achieved the highest honors in Irish dance. They have been in your shoes, striving for excellence and glory on the world stage. They have claimed the top 5 spots at every major Championship worldwide, including The World Championships. They know what it takes to make your dreams come true, and they are ready to share their secrets with you.


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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 to protect your children.

Stephen Scariff

Stephen Scariff Director T.C.R.G/ A.D.C.R.G

Stephen is a passionate Irish dancer, choreographer, producer, and teacher from Galway, Ireland. He fell in love with Irish dance at a young age and learned from Mairead O’Flaherty, one of the best teachers in the country. He won multiple regional, national, and international titles, including top 3 placements at the All Ireland and World Championships.

At the age of 15, he fulfilled his dream of joining Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance as the youngest dancer ever hired by the show. He performed the lead role of the ‘Good Lord’ for four years, sharing his joy and skill with audiences around the world.

He then pursued his creative vision and created his own show, Irish Dance Invasion, which broke box office records and toured successfully across Europe. He also spread his love for Irish dance and culture by founding his own dancing schools in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, where he trained hundreds of dancers to become Champions.

In 2007, he moved to the U.S. and became accredited by An Comisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the world’s largest Irish Dance organization. He established the Scariff School of Irish Dance, which offers classes in Florida (Tampa, South Tampa, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor),  Utah (North Salt Lake City, Sandy , Logan), Nevada (Las Vegas), Montana (Helena).

The school is known for its excellence and achievements, with dancers winning in solo and team categories at Regional level and placing in the top five at the North American, All Ireland, All Scotland, Great Britain and World Championships.

The school has also inspired and developed dancers who have starred in leading roles or performed as chorus line dancers in The Lord of the Dance, Riverdance and other Irish Dance productions.

In 2012, Stephen became a certified Adjudicator and has been invited to judge prestigious Irish Dancing competitions worldwide. He considers this one of his greatest accomplishments and an invaluable asset to his school, as it helps him coach his dancers from an adjudicator’s perspective.

Stephen’s goal is to provide a home for every dancer who joins his school and to help them reach their full potential through character building, confidence boosting, and hard work. He also wants to share his passion for Irish dance and culture with as many people as possible. He and his school have fulfilled this goal by producing dancers who enjoy success and recognition on an international level while making lifelong friends along the way.

Stephen currently serves as the President of the Western U.S. Regional Council

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Michelle Locklier

Michelle Locklier Teacher


Mia Leonelli

Mia Leonelli


Mia is thrilled to be part of the Scariff team. As a Utah native, she loves being back in her home state and sharing her passion for Irish dance. She danced professionally with Riverdance for two years, touring across the USA and Canada and performing in Dublin. She then moved back to Utah to pursue her education. Mia completed her master’s degree in Accounting at the University of Utah.

Mia started dancing in 1999 with the Bracken School in Arizona. In 2003, she moved to California and joined the Claddagh School of Irish Dancing under the direction of Maire O’Connell. Mia danced with the Claddagh school for 14 years, achieving remarkable results as a solo and team dancer. She won two regional solo titles (2009, 2013), placed in the top three at the North American Nationals, and placed in the top 10 at the World Irish Dancing Championships.

Mia also excelled academically. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015 with a B.A. in History. Mia was chosen out of hundreds of dancers who auditioned to tour with the world-famous dance show Riverdance from 2015-2017.

After 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.

Mia loves teaching Irish dance and helping her students grow and achieve their goals. She is proud to be part of the Scariff family and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with the next generation of dancers.


Reasons to Join Scariff





Over 25 years of teaching experience

22 Regional title winners in every category

Our teachers are World medal holders & former lead dancers from Lord of the Dance & Riverdance

8 Studios and growing.

Don't practice to get it right,practice so you can't get it wrong!

The Studio
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The Scariff School's main studios, feature a professionally built sprung wooden floor, with a layer of special cushioning under the wooden grid, and a non slip dance marley on top.


Tampa studio

Scariff Locklier Leonelli Studio

8019 N. Himes Ave, Tampa, FL

Beginner classes

Wednesday 4:15pm-5pm

Saturday 10:00am-11:00am

Advanced Beg/Novice/Prizewinner

Wednesday 5:05pm-5:45pm

Tuesday 5:00pm-6:30pm

For info about the Florida studios email:

Prelim/ Championship

Monday 5:30pm-7.30pm

Tuesday 6.30pm-8.30pm

Wednesday  5:45pm-7:15pm

Thursday 5:00pm-6:30pm

Thursday 6:30pm-8:30pm


Mondays 7.30pm-8.30pm 

Palm Harbour studio

Fusion Dance Studios

38501 US HWY N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Beg-Novice classes.

Tuesday 3:45pm-5:00pm


Tuesday 5:00pm-6:30pm

South Tampa studio

Bruce Klay Studios

3601 S. Manhattan Ave, Tampa, FL 33629

Beg-Novice classes.

Thursdays 6.30pm-7.30pm


Sandy studio

Scariff Locklier Leonelli Studio

9854 S 700 E, Sandy, UT, 84070

Beginner classes

Tuesday 5:00pm-6pm

Wednesday 5:30pm-6pm

Advanced Beg/Novice

Tuesday 5:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm


Tuesday 6pm-8pm

Thursday 5:30pm-8pm

Friday 6pm-8pm


Thursdays 8pm-9pm 

For Information about joining our Utah Studios please email:

North Salt Lake studio

The Dance Crew studio

225 N Highway 89

North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Beg/Advanced Beg classes

Monday 6-7pm


Monday 7pm-8pm


7835 S Rainbow Blvd

unit 6, Las Vegas, NV 89139


Beginners 4:30pm-5:30pm

Nov-Champs 5:30pm-8pm




7024 W. Charleston Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89117

For further information about joining our Las Vegas Studio please email:

Logan Studio

Allegro Dance Studio

45 E 500 N.

Logan, Utah, 84341



Beginners 5:30pm-6:15pm

Nov/Prizewinner 6-7:30pm


Knights of Columbus

1867 Washington St.,

Helena, MT 59601


Beginners- Nov 5.30pm-6.15pm

Adults/Teens 6.00pm-7,00PM

To join our Montana studio please email: for further information.

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