Celebrating our 20th Anniversary of Excellence in Irish Dance!
About Our Dance Studio
Formed in 1996, the Mulvihill-Lynch School of Irish Dance, under the direction of Debbie Lynch-Webber and Jerry Mulvihill, became one of the most competitive dance schools within the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. Mulvihill-Lynch dancers are regionally, nationally, and internationally known champions on the competitive circuit. Students have won solo medals at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, the North American Irish Dance Championships, the All-Scotland Championships, the Great Britain Championships, the British National Championships, the All-Ireland and World Irish Dance Championships. Mulvihill-Lynch dancers have also won numerous regional and national gold, silver and bronze medals in ceili and figure dancing. Classes are currently offered in Suffolk County in Lake Ronkonkoma, Kings Park, and Center Moriches, children 4 years of age and up. Our instructors are all certified through the Irish Dance Commission and are good standing members of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America. All our instructors have undergone full criminal background screenings and are educated in Child Protection Policy.
In 2016, Mulvihill-Lynch collaborated with the An Rince Mor School. Both the Mulvihill-Lynch School and the An Rince Mor School are both long standing, reputable Irish dance schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Both schools can thank the late, great Jerry Mulvihill for instilling a passion and love so deep, that students from both schools decided to share that passion and love for Irish dance with future generations. Peggy Moriarty White began dancing with Jerry at the age of 12 and after many successful years as a dancer, went on to create the An Rince Mor School of Irish Dance. Debbie Lynch-Webber began dancing with Jerry at the age of 7, and after a successful competitive career reunited with Jerry to create the Mulvihill-Lynch School of Irish Dance in 1996. An Rince Mor means “The Circle Dance” which in many ways represents this collaboration; a coming together in full circle starting and ending with our beloved, Jerry Mulvihill.
After Peggy’s retirement from An Rince Mor a few years ago, Geraldine Bergin, T.C.R.G., National and Regional champion dancer, Las Vegas Lord of the Dance lead female dancer, and daughter of the great Michael and Vivienne Bergin, took over the dance school. Geraldine Bergin, T.C.R.G has continued to share the great love and passion for Irish dance that Peggy brought to her students for so many years.
Jerry was born in 1921 in Moyvane, County Kerry. He took his first steps in Irish dancing at the age of four from dance master, Joe Enright. He later took lessons from the famous Kerry dancer, Jerry Molyneaux. During his younger days as a dancer, Jerry enjoyed traveling to Limerick, Cork, and various parts of Clare to compete in feiseanna. In 1948, Jerry emigrated to the United States where he settled in New York City. He then took lessons with, and help assist Professor McKenna. He fondly remembers teaching Patsy Early-McLoughlin her first step of the Jig. In 1951, Jerry opened his own class at the Keeper Hill Hall in the Bronx. He named his school the Mulvihill School. His students were well known, having performed and competed for thousands of people. Later, Jerry expanded his school to other parts of the Bronx, Rockland, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Jerry received his T.C.R.G. in 1969. Shortly after, he moved from the Bronx out to Long Island. Jerry continued to teach and travel to the city many times a week. Jerry can be accredited to teaching thousands of dancers throughout his years, many of them champions. A number of his pupils have gone on to become teachers themselves. Some well known teachers include Kenny Verlin (RIP), Donny Golden, Cathy Spencer-Revis, Helaine Sanders, Peggy Moriarity-White, Patty Moriarty, Kerry Kelly, Brian Sexton, Lisa and Karen Petri, Donald Hunt, just to name a few. WE LOVE YOU JERRY!!
Debbie Lynch-Webber T.C.R.G. began her dancing career at age 7 under the direction of Jerry Mulvihill T.C.R.G. At the age of 9, she became a student at the Schade Academy of Irish Dance, under the direction of Mary Lou Schade. Debbie competed at both the national and international levels. She placed top 3 at the Eastern Regional Oireachtas six years consecutively and placed in the top 3 at National Championships on numerous occasions. Debbie's greatest achievement was earning 3 medals at the World Irish Dance Championships, the highest placement being 5th, when she was 14 years old. After retiring from competition in 1993, Debbie reunited with Jerry, this time helping him teach once a week at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Huntington and then later helping at his Kings Park location.
Debbie aquired her T.C.R.G. (teacher certificate in Irish step dancing) in 1996 and in 2012 Debbie received her A.D.C.R.G. (adjudicators certification). She is a certified Irish step dance teacher through An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha and a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America. She formed the Mulvihill-Lynch School of Irish Dance in April 1996 with partner and former teacher, Jerry Mulvihill. The school soon expanded to other locations in St. James and Hampton Bays. In 1998, Debbie opened the Mulvihill-Lynch Irish dance studio in Centereach, and in 2008 moved to a larger studio in Lake Ronkonkoma, the school's main base. This year marks Debbie's 16th year as director of Mulvihill-Lynch. She graduated from SUNY Stony Brook in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration. She currently resides in Lake Grove, NY with her husband John and two young children, Liam, 13 and Maggie, 12.
Carissa began dancing with the Mulvihill-Lynch School at the age of nine, after having taken a few years of tap, ballet, and other forms of dance. She quickly fell in love with the challenge and discipline of Irish dance and soon decided that she would focus all her attention on this.
Soon after her lessons began, Carissa started competing and quickly moved up the competitive ranks and levels at local feiseanna. Her hard work and dedication began to pay off, as she earned invitations to compete abroad in Ireland, England, and Scotland. In addition to numerous placements at the Regional and National events, Carissa’s greatest achievement came in 2005, when she won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship title in the Girls Under 17 age division. In 2007, Carissa earned her first World Championship medal at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2011, Carissa became the first Mulvihill-Lynch dancer to win the SENIOR LADIES REGIONAL TITLE at the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas.
Carissa graduated from CW Post University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. In 2012 she earned her Masters Degree in Special Education and Severe Discibilites from St. Joseph's College.
In December 2011, Carissa passed the rigorous T.C.R.G. Exam with honors to become Mulvihill-Lynch’s next certified teacher after Jerry Mulvihill and Debbie Lynch-Webber. She brings much love, passion, and experience to the Mulvihill-Lynch studio!
In addition to teaching at Mulvihill-Lynch, Carissa works as a Special Education teacher for a local middle school. She currently resides in Stony Brook with her husband, Lou and all their crazy pups!
Erin started dancing at the age of five with the Hunt School of Irish Dance. In 2007, Erin continued her lessons with the Mulvihill-Lynch School of Irish Dance when the Hunt School closed their NY location.
Erin has had a very successful competitive career in Irish dance, traveling extensively throughout North America and abroad. In 2010 Erin won the Mid-Atlantic Regional title in the Ladies Under 20 years division and in 2011 won runner-up in the Senior Ladies division to her best friend, and colleague, Carissa Lucatuorto. She is also a two time World Championship Medal Holder and podium placer at the North American Irish Dance Championships.
Erin graduated from St. Joseph’s College in the spring of 2012 with a B.A. degree in Child Study. She currently works as a substitute teacher in local school districts while awaiting to begin her Master’s Degree Program.
In December 2013, Erin passed the T.C.R.G. exam in Atlanta, Georgia. We are so delighted to officially welcome Erin to the teaching staff of Mulvihill-Lynch. She has a wonderful, relaxed, gentle, kind approach to her teaching style, while also expecting every dancer to bring their best effort to each class.
Erin is currently attending Queens College Graduate School to attain her Masters Degree in Adolescent Education and Special Education for grades 7-12. She resides in Central Islip with her mother Jean, her amazing and crazy sister Mary, and two handsome brothers.
Geraldine Bergin Baum, T.C.R.G.
Geraldine met Peggy Moriarty White, of the An Rince Mor School of Irish Dance in 2006 after coming on board to teach Pilates. She immediately fell in love with sharing her love for Irish dance. Through Peggy's guidance and mentoring, Geraldine became a registered TCRG and took the school over in 2015 after Peggy announced her retirement. With a passion for children, dance, and fitness, Geraldine loves sharing her knowledge and years of experience. She adores children and feels there is no better reward than being a positive light for a child.
Geraldine lives in Bayside, Queens with her husband, Ethan and their adorable, 1 year old, future Irish dance champion, Quinn Michaela.
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