About Kathy Carew
Owner and Lead Teacher
Kathy lived most of her young life in Stamford, CT. She started Irish dancing with the Kathleen Mulkerin School of Irish dance at the age
of 5. At 7 she was the youngest performer on the first of her many tours to Ireland with the well Known Emerald Dancers under the
direction of Kathleen Mulkerin.
At age 8 Kathy acted and sang in Summer stock in Chataqua New York, where she played the part of the youngest Von Trapp Child in
the Sound of Music. Kathy spent much of her time from then on performing in musicals, dance shows, commercials and movies.
Kathy has performed on stage and television in the United States, Canada and in Ireland. While in college, Kathy performed with The
Emerald Dancers at Carnagie Hall. Kathy had also competed in and won many awards throughout the United States, Ireland and
Canada for her solo and group dancing.
Over the years Kathy also took classes in Ballet, Jazz and modern dance, acting and singing, but Irish dance always seemed to be in
her blood. Kathy attended Southern Sem and Longwood Colleges in Virginia, where she majored in Education. After college Kathy
worked part time as an Irish dance teacher and full time as the director of a Daycare Center in New Haven. Kathy continued teaching
both in the fields of dancing and computer education until 2000, when she decided to focus completely on Irish Dancing.
Kathy teaches classes in Norwalk, Milford, Shelton, West Haven and Guilford. The school also has classes in Killingworth and
In 2016, Kathy took a group of 16 of her most advanced dancers on a 2 week trip to Ireland.
There they performed in shows throughout Ireland, as well as being able to learn more about the Irish people, their culture, music and
dance. This is the 8th trip to Ireland our dance group has made since 1963.
Kathy says her goal is to "teach the dancers a love of Irish dancing, it's music and culture."
Her belief is that life is short, enjoy what you do, and let dance be a part of every day.
Lead Irish teacher in Killingworth
Elizabeth began Irish dancing at 7 years old with the Mulkerin school at The Dance Corner in Killingworth and quickly
fell in love. By her third year, she was helping in the beginner classes, getting as much practice in as she could.
Elizabeth earned the honor of traveling with the Emerald Dancers in 2011 on their two-week long trip to Ireland to
perform. Throughout her dance career, she has won many medals and trophies for both solo and Ceili dancing.
She is also a Registered Teacher’s Assistant (RTA) and is hoping to one day soon get her TCRG.
Elizabeth has never stopped Irish dancing. Throughout college she performed with Sacred Heart University’s Claddagh
Dancers, competing at nearby intercollegiate competitions. Elizabeth also continues to perform and run St. Patrick’s
Day shows in her area and loves to dance at any chance she has.
Besides Irish dancing, Elizabeth studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe at The Dance Corner since she was 4 years
old. She competed in multiple styles of dance with their competition team and is now back as an instructor. Elizabeth
was also a member of the SHU Dance Company studying jazz, tap, and lyrical. Outside of dance, Elizabeth is a Licensed
Master Social Worker and loves working with young kids. She hopes to one day be able to incorporate dance into her
social work profession.
Casey knew her passion was Irish step dancing at the age of five after seeing Riverdance on PBS and pursued her dream of becoming an Irish
step dancer with the Kathleen Mulkerin School. Casey has been dancing and teaching with the Mulkerin School of Irish dance for over 15 years.
Casey had the opportunity at the age of twelve to perform live with world renowned fiddle player, Natalie MacMaster twice, locally in
Connecticut. She was also a member of the Emerald Dancers (Mulkerin Ireland team) in 2006, in which she performed in Ireland for two
weeks. Aside from many performances, Casey also enjoyed competing and has two National titles from the NAIDF organization. With these
titles she was able to qualify for the WIDA World Championships held in Germany but was unable to attend due to her college career at the
University of Connecticut.
Casey has been teaching at Westbrook Dance Academy for six years. In July 2017, Westbrook Dance Academy’s competition team won first
place at Starpower’s National Championship Competition with their choreographed piece, “Warriors.” Casey is actively pursuing her TCRG with
the RTN organization.
Outside of dance, Casey enjoys spending time with her soon to be husband, Evan Skowronek, residing in Glastonbury, CT with their two cats.
About Casey Lead Teacher in Westbrook