Stephen's repertoire in dance is both impressive and extensive.
Following training at the O'Flaherty Academy of Irish Dance in Galway, Stephen's progression in dance began. Competing both nationally in his native Ireland and internationally Stephens undoubted natural ability in the art of dance secured him many championship titles.
Taking his flair for Irish dance a step further, he pursued his ambition to make his passion his profession.
In 1998, Stephen was approached to dance in the internationally famous, highly acclaimed dance show, produced and directed by Michael Flatley. It was from this point on that his love affair with performing began.
Stephen has toured far and wide across the globe. He has been granted the privilege to entertain royalty of various nations, at a host of prestigious venues worldwide.
Originally cast as a chorus line dancer it wasn't long before his capabilities were soon recognized and he was asked to perform the principal role of 'the good lord',which furthered his opportunity to develop his artistic disposition.
Stephen also performed in a theatrical production namely, 'Dancing on Dangerous Grounds'. The focus of which was based on the art form of Irish Dance. This production was bound for success from the beginning as it secured twelve weeks in London's Westends largest theatre (Theatre Drury Lane) before moving across the Atlantic to sell out fourteen shows in New York's prestigious Radio City Music Hall.
In November of 2002, Stephen left the stage production Lord of the Dance to co-create and co-choreograph the hugely popular Irish Dance show namely Irish Dance invasion. Invasion sold out it's first eleven shows in Budapest Hungary in just twenty minutes breaking all previous box office records.
In 2003 while performing in his own Co production Irish Dance Invasion, Stephen decided to establish a dancing school in Vienna Austria.
Word spread quicker than time past and it wasn't long before Stephen was invited to open branches of the Stephen Scariff School in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
In 2007 Stephen moved to Tampa, Florida and established the Stephen Scariff School of Irish Dance.
The school was very successful in the following years, with dancers winning in both solo and ceili championships at Oireachtas level and top five placers at the North American Championships.
The school is now home to more than three hundred dancers in the states of Florida and Utah and enjoys great success with Regional Champions in both the Western and the Southern Regions.
Stephen C. Scariff, A.D.C.R.G.
Alan began his dancing career at the age of four at the O’Flaherty School of Irish Dancing in Galway, Ireland. He enjoyed huge success in his competitive years, winning first place at multiple World Irish Dance Championships, the Connachts and All Irelands. At the age of 16, he was invited to dance professionally, performing in the shows To Dance on the Moon and Spirit of Ireland. Before turning to teaching in 2011, Alan spent eight years with Riverdance, several of those as lead dancer and dance captain.
In 2011 Alan and Stephen established the Scariff School in Utah. The school (formerly Crawford School of Irish Dance) is home to over 150 dancers.
Scariff School of Irish Dance
8019 North Himes Ave., Suite 401
Tampa, FL 33618
Phillip Owens, A.D.C.R.G.
Terry Gillan started Irish Dancing at the age of six in Glasgow, Scotland under the instruction of top teacher Myrna Kennedy and he went on to enjoy great success as a dancer.
He received his teaching diploma in Dublin in 1979, and subsequently was awarded his adjudicator’s diploma. In this role, he has attended many competitions including the All-Ireland, World, North American and Australian National Championships.
Following a successful teaching career in Scotland he moved to Dublin where he continued to enjoy great success on an international level while teaching with the Naomh Padraig School.
He was recently appointed as a grade examiner by An Coimisiún and is currently Vice President. He is also Regional Director of the New England Region in the USA and Oireachtas Chairperson for An Coimisiún.
He is also one of the teachers of the 2010 Boys under-15 World Champion.
Prior to joining the Scariff teaching staff, Terry was co-director and teacher of the Gilleoghan School of Irish Dance in New England region.