Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance

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Amanda Carpenter

TCRG, Director

With over 20 years of competitive, performance, and instructional experience, Amanda Carpenter Gilleland, TCRG has developed her passion for Irish Dance. Through her creativity and drive, she aims to provide the highest quality Irish Dancing experience for all students.




As both a dancer and a musician, Peter Gardner brings a unique element to the academy. His attention to detail and innovative mind cultivates a fun and focused environment where dancers feel confident to express themselves.


All dancers are evaluated by our certified staff to determine which class would best suit their needs. Be aware that competition level does not determine class placement.

Intro To Irish

Intro to Irish is open to new dancers age 4 & up. This class teaches the fundamental movements and motions of Irish Dance in a fun and focused environment.

Wednesday - 4:45pm to 5:30pm

Beginner Class

The Beginner Class is designed for dancers with a basic understanding of Irish Dance. This class focuses on teaching students timing and rhythm, while introducing new soft shoe steps.

Wednesday - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Intermediate Class

The Intermediate Class is suited for dancers who demonstrate the ability to handle more challenging footwork. Dancers will work on new material in both soft and hard shoe dances while continuing to focus on their technique.

Tuesday - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Thursday - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Advanced Class

The Advanced Class is open to competitive dancers and is geared toward providing each student with one-on-one corrections as well as group instruction. This class will highlight important aspects of competitions while teaching students more difficult steps and techniques. 

Tuesday - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Thursday - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Champion Class

Our Champion class is an auxiliary class suited for preliminary and open championship dancers preparing for local, regional, national, and world championship competitions throughout the year. Students will receive more in-depth and vigorous training for specific moves and skills in Irish Dance.

Wednesday - 6:30pm tp 8:30pm

Adult Class

Our Adult class runs for several 6-week periods throughout the year. This class is geared towards dancers 18 & up and highlights fun and fitness through Irish dance training. For more information on our next 6-week session, please contact the Buford location.

Monday - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Contact Us

4296 Old Suwanee Road, Suite 1

Buford, GA 30518