Corry Academy is an Irish Dance Studio located in Wichita, Kansas. Since 2001 the academy has welcomed hundreds of girls, boys, and adults alike to the world of Irish Dance. We provide dance lessons for boys and girls from the age of 4 and up who are interested in dancing just for fun, as well as those wanting to dance competitively. The Corry Academy of Irish Dance is an associated member of Cumann Rince Naisiunta (CRN). All dancers have the opportunity to compete in CRN feis and Feille’s.
• We are ordering our dresses from Custom Dance Wear, an Irish Dancing Store run by Judith Denny-Libbert
• Irish Dancing shoes may be found at Fays Irish Dancing Shoes
• Corry Academy Line of Jewelry available from Andrea Gardner at Lamzy Divey
About the Instructor
Noreen (Corry) Northrop was born in Glasgow, and started dancing at the Age of 3 with Frances Teece. Noreen and her family moved to England and spent the rest of her dancing career with the Grainger School of Irish dancing in Manchester. They traveled all over Ireland and Great Britain dancing in all of the major competitions. Noreen qualified every year for the World Irish Championships and the last time was placed in the top 10 of her age group.
In 1997 Noreen and her husband Ian brought their young family to live in Kansas. Noreen was homesick and was looking for a connection to home and started the academy in 2001. Noreen is studying under Cumann Rince Naisiunta to take her teaching exam. This is only our second year with CRN and we are learning all the time. In May this year Noreen took 7 of her dancers to Dublin for the Irish Open and 3 of them came home with awards.
History of CRN
In 1982, after a long sequence of controversial events in An Comhdhail, Cumann Rince Náisiúnta Ita Cadwell, Founding Member of CRN (now known as CRN) was founded by a group of 12 teachers and was founded on a very strong set of Principles. We believed that all teachers should be protected and that all dancers should also be afforded the right to dance. CRN dancers commenced dancing competitions in An Comhdháil who had an open platform at the launch of CRN. As a result An Comhdhail closed theirs. CRN then set up their own competitions operating the Open platform and to this day CRN successfully operates the Open Platform where any dancer from any teacher, from any part of the world or any organisation can successfully compete. We set about laying down our Constitution and Rules for competitions.