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SEAN BEGLAN, TCRG, started dancing at the age of four with the O'Reilly School of Irish Dance in his hometown of Cavan, Ireland. By the age of nine he began to compete at an international level; placing top ten in Leinster, All-Ireland, North American and World Championships of Irish dance. At the age of 15, Sean began performing with various groups throughout Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia. At 17, Sean was invited to join Riverdance, touring full time throughout North America. Sean was soon promoted to lead dancer, the role previously made famous by Michael Flatley. After touring for five years Sean took his Irish dance teacher's certification exam and was awarded his T.C.R.G. title, allowing him to teach Irish dance at a competitive level.
Sean has performed on many nationally broadcast TV shows, including "Dancing with the Stars," "The View," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show" and Ireland's "The Late, Late Show." He has also performed for Mary McAlesse and Mary Robinson, current and past presidents of Ireland, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and former Vice President Dick Cheney. After spending 2006-07 working with a new musical production on Broadway, he turned his attention to passing on his love of Irish dancing and performing to Beglan Academy of Irish Dance.
JILLIAN BEGLAN began Irish dancing at the age of nine with the Cashel-Dennehy School of Irish Dance. Competing throughout North America, Ireland and Europe she quickly asserted herself as an accomplished Irish dancer placing nationally and internationally, most notably top three in the North American Irish Dance Championships and recalling at the World Championships of Irish Dance. At the age of 17 she graduated high school early and was asked to join Riverdance as a troupe member touring for three years, full time, throughout North America.
Besides Riverdance, Jillian has had the opportunity to perform on Dancing with the Stars and with world renowned Irish groups including Cherish the Ladies, Gaelic Storm, Leahy's Luck, Eidir and for former President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Jillian also spent many years in extensive training for classical ballet and has performed in numerous Milwaukee Ballet productions.
When not helping out at the dance studio, Jillian can be found homeschooling their five kids.
RIVA TREASURE started Irish dancing at the age of six years old. Her dance career began with Cashel Dennehy and progressed to competing at local feisanna then moved to the regional level. Riva has participated in Oireachtas for many years with an award winning eight-hand team and in competition as a soloist. Riva has been teaching with Beglan Academy since 2008 and loves teaching all levels.
Riva currently works full time for Burke Properties as a condo and commercial property manager as well as the marketing director. Outside of work and Irish Dance, Riva has a fashion and lifestyle blog showcasing her personal style and all the things she loves about Milwaukee.
CALLIE SPALTHOLZ, TCRG, was one of Beglan Academy’s first students in 2007 but began dancing at the age of 6 at Cashel Dennehy. She quickly became a strong soloist and ceili team dancer, competing on several Mid-America, National and All-Ireland ceili teams. Her team won the Mid-America Irish Dance Championships two consecutive years, ranked 3rd place at Nationals, and 10th at All-Irelands. Callie continued to compete both locally and internationally in solos and teams until 2009.
She started teaching at Beglan Academy in 2013 and encourages all students to have fun, work hard for what you love and build relationships that will last a lifetime. Callie earned her TCRG in 2017 and is eager to provide guidance and foster new learning for her students on their dance journey.