Our Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance: Las Vegas Director and Coaches

Tara Reid, TCRG
Tara Reid is an accomplished teacher, choreographer, competitor and dancer. She had her first lesson at age 5, consistent lessons at age 8 and serious instruction beginning at age 13. Her primary instruction was with the O’Riada Academy of Irish Dance in Kansas City and supplementary instruction with the Reid School in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Tara finished her competitive career as an open champion with 3 consecutive years ranked in the top 25 at the North American Nationals and a four time World Qualifier. She has danced with many internationally known Irish Bands. Tara was invited to Las Vegas in September of 2006 to dance professionally with Sin è Ri Ra, the house band in the Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. She still performs six nights a week with the band today. 

Tara loves to dance and to teach dance-especially ceili dancing. An Irish Citizen as well as American, she believes it is important to continue to pass on the traditions of the Irish culture to future generations. Tara understands that everyone learns differently and is able to adapt her style to best suit the needs of the dancer. She believes that Irish Dance not only teaches the culture of Ireland through music and dance but it also instills discipline, teamwork, confidence, leadership skills and so much more in all who learn the tradition.

Tara studied for her certification under the excellent guidance of Christine O’Riada and Martin Percival. She taught in Las Vegas, heading up the Nevada branch of The Martin Percival School of Irish Dance for 6.5 years. Martin retired from teaching in 2013 and Tara took the opportunity to start up her own school, Scoil Rince Ni Riada, Irish Dance: Las Vegas.

Under her instruction, her students have been tremendously successful in regional, national, and international competition. Dancers have recalled at The All Irelands and have qualified for and competed at Oireachtas Rince Ni Cruinne (The World Championships of Irish Dance).

She brings enthusiasm and 19 years of teaching experience to Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance: Las Vegas.

Nicole Blubaugh
Nicole Blubaugh

Miss Nicole has been teaching with SRNR for over 2 years. 

Nicole started Irish dancing at the age of 15 and spent the next 5 years dancing with Celtic Storm, a local Irish dance company. While dancing with Celtic Storm, she performed at conventions and large company events at venues such as the Bellagio, Mirage, and the House of Blues.  Her competitive career began at age 18 where she moved quickly through the levels to championships. She has always been passionate about dance and could not stay away for long in the midst of attending college, getting married and starting a family. Nicole has been teaching dance in some capacity since college. Nicole has a background in teaching children. She holds and bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education and spent 6 years teaching elementary school in Las Vegas. She continues to teach at home while homeschooling her two boys.

Victoria Ringer, TCRG

Victoria began Irish dancing at the age of 4 years old and began competing two years later. She recognized her passion for Irish dance at young age and progressed quickly; she competed in the championship level at age 8, moving up to the open championship level and qualifying for the Belfast World Championships at age 9. Victoria continued to compete at a regional level where she placed in the top ten in the Western Region multiple times, at a national level where she placed in the top 15, and world level where she danced in her last competition at the 2013 World Championships in Boston.

After graduating high school, Victoria attended BYU in Provo, UT on a World Dance scholarship. She was a member of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble where she learned other various styles of World Dance including Spanish Flamenco, Ukrainian, Indian, Chinese, Haitian, Hungarian, Russian, Slovakian, Mexican, and many other styles. She had the opportunity to choreograph a full Irish dance piece for her team. Victoria went on four tours with the BYU IFDE, three of them being international tours to France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

BYU offers Irish dance classes to its students and hired Victoria to teach the beginning and intermediate classes for 7 semesters. Victoria graduated on a full World Dance Scholarship with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and a minor in World Dance.

After graduating college, Victoria moved back to Las Vegas with her husband, Jordan,  who attends the UNLV dental school. Victoria began studying for the TCRG under the direction of Tara Reid, TCRG. She took the exam and was officially certified in December 2017!

Victoria has a passion for Irish dance and loves to share it with others! She loves choreographing steps, working hard, and challenging herself and her students.

Coming Soon: Bio for Brittney Wride, TCRG

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