Patricia Prendergast-Martig, TCRG
Coming from a long line of accomplished dancers, Patricia’s Irish dancing career started at the young age of 6, when her father (a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary) took her to a class in near-by San Francisco, California. It was the beginning of a life long love of Irish dancing. For the next 4 years, Patricia danced with the Kennelly School of Irish Dancing learning the discipline, traditions and fundamentals of dance from John and Maureen Kennelly. At the age of 10, Patricia left the Kennelly School to join the Walsh School which was closer to the family home.
For the next 8 years Marie Walsh, TCRG, proved to be an inspirational teacher and mentor helping Patricia advance to the championship level of dance. With the Walsh school Patricia performed and competed across the Western United States, Canada and Ireland. At the age of 18, Patricia left competitive dancing to pursue a degree in Nutrition Science at the University of California at Davis and a career in Senior Services.
Patricia returned to Irish Dancing in 1988 when she joined the O’Conner School of Irish Dancing and former instructor Bella Yerina, TCRG. With the O’Conner School she competed and performed throughout Southern California, placing second in the Oireachtas Adult Ceili competition two years in a row.
Eight years later Patricia moved to Olympia, Washington and was thrilled to find a young, exciting school lead by Robert Haley, TCRG. With Scoil Rince Slieveloughane, Patricia has competed and performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and opened a new chapter in her dancing career by assisting with the teaching and coaching of the SRS dancers.
Patricia currently teaches solo, competition and Ceili classes to children and adults in Olympia, Kent and the Kitsap Peninsula as well as assisting with classes throughout the Puget Sound. She has taught workshops for the Washington Contemporary Ballet, as well as classes at the internationally renowned Gaelic Roots Summer Camp at Boston College. Patricia in an accrediated TCRG by the An Coumisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland.