ST. LOUIS, MO (CRESTWOOD) LOCATION
Mary Jo (Clark) Cange, Owner/St. Louis Primary Instructor/TCRG/ADCRG
Owner, Director, Choreographer, Primary Instructor:
Hello! My name is Mary Jo. My students call me MJ, or Miss/Mrs. Mary Jo. I have been Irish Dancing since the age of 12 - and LOVING every minute of it! I am so grateful! I trained under Mary Clarkson, TCRG (Ballwin, MO), and am very grateful for her tutelage and every opportunity granted during my youth!
I attended Rosati-Kain High School Freshman through Junior year, and Seckman HS for my senior year (STL FAQ - ha). My college days were spent at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri), where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and was also co-captain of the first ever Webster University Women’s Soccer Team. GO GORLOKS! I feel incredibly fortunate to have been in the company of such a talented and amazing group of women!
After graduating college in 2005, my Irish Dance dreams came true when I received a letter in the mail that I was accepted into Riverdance - THE SHOW! I ALMOST fainted when I got the news. So...I packed my bags, and away I went! Off to have the experience of a lifetime with some of the most extraordinary people I have met to this day.
Well...a handsome suitor awaited in St. Louis, and my touring days soon came to an end shortly after my marriage to Dreamy McDreamerson. I am extremely grateful to have found my husband and biggest supporter, Scott Cange. Shortly after the wedding, and after another quick tour around North America, while sitting at my "real job," I realized that my passion for Irish Dance was not going to die quietly! Hence, the Clark Academy was born!
In January 2007, I took the infamously difficult exam to receive my TCRG, which certified me as an "official" Irish Dancing teacher under An Coimisuin le Rinci Gaelacha, The Irish Dancing Commission based out of Dublin Ireland. In 2013, I went on to take an even more difficult test to receive my certification to be an adjudicator. I am a registered member of the IDTAMA (Irish Dancing Teachers Association of Mid-America) and IDTANA (Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America).
I look forward to each and every wee lil' dancer that walks into the doors of CAID! They are truly a gift. Thank you in advance for the opportunity to work with your child!
Additional Lead Instructor(s):
Olivia Smugala - CAID Alumni & World Championship Qualifier
Briley Mastis - College Student & World Championship Qualifier
Samantha Felling - College Student & World Championship Qualifier
Ellie Joyce - High School Student and World Championship Qualifier
Shaeleigh Parsons - High School Student and Nationals Qualifier
Bridget Vietor - High School Student and Nationals Qualifier
Natalie Wagner - College Student & World Championship Qualifier
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI LOCATION:
Annie Rogers, Columbia, MO Primary Instructor/TCRG
Northern Columbia area Primary Instructor
I am Annie Rogers, lover of dogs, chocolate covered strawberries, and Irish Dancing! I began dancing at age 8 and by 18, I was teaching competitive and recreational classes including teams, competitive solos, specialty classes, as well as workshops and summer camps. After studying under world renowned choreographers and teachers, I became a certified Irish Dance instructor (TCRG) in 2013 while earning my Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. I have danced in national and international competitions but my biggest accomplishments in Irish Dancing include gaining confidence and making friends from all over the world.