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Heather Mailey Esposito Heather Mailey-Esposito, TCRG
School Director

Heather Mailey-Esposito, T.C.R.G., native of Derry, Ireland and Director of An Cor Rud school of Irish dance, began studying Irish dance under the legendary dance master Mary McLaughlin, A.D.C.R.G. Heather won numerous awards in the 12 years she competed throughout Ireland including third place in the coveted senior girls championship at Feis Doire Colmcille.

Prizewinning dancers of An Cor Rud, have placed in the Southern Region Oireachtas, North American Nationals and have competed in the World Irish Dancing Championships.

The dancers have also appeared with a number of internationally known Irish musicians including a live taping with the late Irish tenor Frank Patterson for public television; a performance with The Chieftains at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. They have showcased with Trinity Irish Dance Company, Dancing On Common Ground and fiddle-player Eileen Ivers.

An Cor Rud dancers also danced at the inaugural ceremony for the Ntelos Pavilion Harbor Center with The Irish Tenors. In 2003, the school made its debut with the cast of The International Tattoo produced by The Waterfront International Arts Festival. This Tattoo production to date is the largest in the United States.

Lisa Burgess, TMRF

Lisa began studying Irish dance with An Cor Rud in 1997 and retired from Open Championship level after her participation in the 2004 and 2005 North American Championships and the World Championships in Belfast and Ennis. During her active dancing years, she participated in the Boston College program, Gaelic Roots, for six summers. She has been lucky enough to perform onstage with the Eileen Ivers Band, the Chieftains, and Cherish the Ladies, as well as perform in the International Tattoo.

Lisa holds a TMRF certification, issued from Coimisiun le Rince Galeacha in Dublin, Ireland and holds a B.A. degree in English and minor degree in Art from the University of Virginia.

She manages our ACR Williamsburg location in addition to many of the performance events.

She has also been restoring and reweaving oriental rugs at home for over twenty-five years. She is active in the Tidewater Irish-American Society along with the CnamB (Cumann na mBan) Camogie team, and stays busy with her wild and wonderful son, Fynn.