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OUR INSTRUCTORS

Barbara Goggin, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.

As a retired championship level Irish dancer of 17 years and principal instructor of the Oakville and Windsor locations, Barb oversees all competitive Irish dance classes from Beginner to Open Championship.  Barb began assisting with her teacher (Yvonne Kelly of the O'Ceallaigh School) and has been a certified teacher since 1989. Barb has designed each of her school costumes over the years and she continues to use her creative talents by assisting in designing solo dance costumes and helping to select the best colours, fits and designs for the dancers. Barb's passion for team dancing has helped to build a strong reputation for this school with traditional ceili dances and figure choreographies, and was instrumental in the School's success at the 2013 World Championships where the minor team brought back the School's first world medal for teams, and two years later, placed third, capturing the first World globe for the School. Barb has trained soloists and teams for Regional, North American and World Championship competitions and takes pride in all achievements by the dancers, whether they are regional titles or personal bests.  Barb is now also a certified adjudicator (2019) and will no doubt be very visible across the competition scene in years to come.

Ryan Carroll, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G., B.G.

Ryan obtained his Irish dance teaching certification (T.C.R.G.) in 2001 during a break from touring with Riverdance - The Show, where he was both a troupe dancer and understudy to the male lead. Ryan started teaching with the Goggin School in 1995, creating a unique dance for competitors heading to the World Championships. A one-weekend workshop grew to a partnership forming one of Canada's largest Irish dance schools, which is now known as Goggin-Carroll. Ryan is based in Oakville and works with dancers from Advanced Beginner through to Open Championship. He has a colourful competitive history which includes seven World medals, two North American titles and ten Eastern Canadian championship titles; all earned as a student of the Butler Academy. Ryan earned his adjudicator credentials (A.D.C.R.G.) in 2003, and is actively sought around the world to officiate at competitions.  He became a Grade Examiner (B.G.) in 2015, has volunteered as Secretary and President of The Irish Dance Teachers Association of Eastern Canada for over ten years, and was appointed Vice-President of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, based in Dublin, Ireland in 2013. 

Lauren Stewart, T.C.R.G.

Lauren started Irish dancing at the age of seven with the Goggin School. She danced her entire career with Barb and Ryan as her mentors and she went on to win three Eastern Canadian championships with Goggin-Carroll; finished seventh at the North American championships, recalled to the final round four times at the World Championships and ended her competitive dancing days with a top 20 World Medal - her overall dancing dream.  Lauren began helping in Beginner level Irish dance classes at 14, and soon identified that the passion and love she has for Irish dancing needed to be shared.  Lauren qualified as a certified Irish dance teacher in 2012 and teaches all levels at Goggin-Carroll with a special focus toward health and fitness for the elite level dancers.  Additionally, Lauren obtained her E.C.E. degree from Ryerson University in 2014.

David Branton, T.C.R.G.

David started dancing with Goggin-Carroll at age ten and it wasn't long before he became a mentor to younger students and an assistant in classes.  David went on to become an Eastern Canadian champion in both solo and team events, and finished 14th at the World Irish Dance Championships. David also realized his true passion was in teaching and began to prepare for his Irish dance teaching certification, which he obtained in 2016.  He is very pleased to be working with his former teachers, sharing his passion for a sport that has given him so much.

Rebecca Stewart, T.C.R.G.

Rebecca, following in her sister Lauren’s footsteps, started dancing for Goggin-Carroll at age 6. Rebecca went on to train at a highly competitive level for 16 years, realizing such achievements as: winning the Eastern Canadian championships, and finishing in the top ten at the North American Championships and in the top 20 at the World Irish Dance Championships. Rebecca started sharing her passion with younger dancers at the age of 16 and continued to assist in classes until passing her T.C.R.G in 2017. Rebecca has inspired our students with her humour and motivational abilities, and she continues to bring her enthusiasm and experience to all our dancers as she works to help them reach their potential and dreams. 

Brittany Silla, T.C.R.G.

Brittany earned her T.C.R.G in late 2017, adding to an impressive array of achievements in Irish dance including multiple World medals and Eastern Canadian championship titles.


Katie Holbrook, T.C.R.G.

Katie competed for 14 years, winning five Eastern Canadian championship titles, four top-five finishes at the North American Championships and three world medals.  Katie retired from competitive dance to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, then returned to dance after graduation.  Katie has toured with Magic of the Dance; Celtic Rhythms of Ireland, Lord of the Dance and most recently, Feet of Flames in Taiwan.   Katie is the first Canadian dancer to have completed the 12 grades exams now required to apply to take the teaching examination.  Katie earned her T.C.R.G. in 2019.