ERIN COONEY, O.D.C.R.N. Owner of Rince Nua

Back in 2002 when I started teaching Irish Dance, I had a dream to someday establish an Irish Dance School.

I wanted to create a place where children could grow in confidence, and experience a learning environment where Irish Dance was the main focus.

In 2009, I received my ODCRN Irish Dance diploma in Dublin, Ireland, and our Rince Nua Maple Grove location was born in 2012!

Professional Bio

Erin Cooney is the first American-born to pass the O.D.C.R.N. Irish Dance Teacher Diploma from Cumann Rince Náisiúnta in Dublin, Ireland.

Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, U.S.A., Erin had a unique journey to becoming an Irish Dancer and an Irish Dance Teacher.

Erin started teaching Irish Dance to children on a weekly basis when she was just twenty-two years old. 

As she got older and her Irish Dance student list began to grow, Erin found it difficult to juggle her Irish dance teaching schedule with her her full-time day job, in addition to being a wife and a mom.

So, after ten years of being a traveling Irish Dance teacher, Erin decided to open up her own Irish Dance Studio in order to offer a higher-quality and more authentic Irish Dance experience to her students, with the benefit of having all her classes under one roof.

Rince Nua Teachers

Our teaching staff is composed of accomplished Irish Dancers (including Champion Irish Dancers, World Qualifiers, and World Medalists) who teach and coach with the personal growth of the student as the main focus.