McMenamin Faculty

Aine McMenamin-Johnson, TCRG

Aine began Irish dancing in 1983 at the age of 4. In the two decades that followed, McMenamin-Johnson competed in seven World Irish Dance Championships as a soloist and five times in team competition, culminating in a 2nd place ranking, at the 2000 Belfast World Championships. Turning down an opportunity to dance in a major Irish Dance production, she decided to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She is the only Irish Dance instructor in the Midwest to hold such a degree. Upon graduation, McMenamin-Johnson started the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Irish Dance Program in conjunction with UWM’s Celtic Studies program and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. As a result, McMenamin-Johnson is on staff at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches World Movement Traditions: Irish Step Dance. She has awarded the respected T.C.R.G. certification, for her experience and competence, by the An Coimisiun’ le Rinci Gaelacha, the governing body of Irish Dance.
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Elyse Transon

Elyse began dancing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of 5. After having a successful competitive dance career, she gave up competition to teach dance and attend the University of Minnesota. During her final semester, Elyse was contacted to tour the United States with a new dance show. After graduating with a bachelors in Spanish Studies she continued to work as a professional dancer and dance teacher. Elyse has performed all over the United States as well as in Ireland, Switzerland, France, Germany and Spain. Some of the highlights of her career include a residency in Downtown Disney dancing at Raglan Road, touring Europe with the talented cast of Gaelforce Dance and having some of her choreography showcased in the national touring production Rhythm in the Night. Between tours Elyse continued to teach dance workshops and earlier this year earned her TCRG. She has taught dance for over 10 years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Delaware, Zambia and most recently implemented and lead a dance program in the Dominican Republic for the Mariposa foundation for girls. Elyse is thrilled to be back in Wisconsin after so much time away and could not be more excited to teach dance for a competitive school once again.
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Teresa Egan, TCRG

Teresa began Irish Dancing at age four in Milwaukee, WI. She moved to Cincinnati, OH to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in nursing at Xavier University, but her love for Irish dancing was not left in Milwaukee. She stayed in touch with the Irish dance community by assistant teaching throughout college. This year she was awarded the TCRG certification by the An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha. Teresa is currently serving as a nurse for the US Army at Ft. Bliss, TX. She looks forward to moving to Ft. Riley, KS this summer where she will be able to be a more active staff member at MIDA.
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Mary Catherine Ellis

Mary started Irish dancing in 1997 with Trinity Academy in Milwaukee. She progressed through the levels, reaching Championship level at age 13. Mary competed at many regional and national competitions, both individually and in a team setting, and in 2009, she switched to M.I.D.A. That year, she was given the opportunity to compete at All-Irelands in solo and team competitions, fulfilling her lifelong dream to dance on an international stage in Ireland. Mary graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2013, and she is currently pursuing a J.D. at Marquette University Law School. She is thrilled to be part of the M.I.D.A. teaching staff and is happy to be able to share her love for Irish dance with others.
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