Hilary O’Sullivan – TCRG
Born in Dublin Ireland, Hilary began dancing at age 7 with the Phyllis Mead Irish Dancing School. Hilary completed her competitive dancing career with the Naomh Padraig School of Irish dance, under the tuition of Terry Gillan and Phillip Owens.
Hilary’s love for Irish dancing quickly grew and she enjoyed numerous competitive successes in both solo and ceili (team) dancing. Hilary also danced in many display troupes travelling throughout Ireland. Her most memorable Irish dancing experience was dancing for Princess Grace of Monaco during her visit to Ireland.
In 1997 Hilary moved to New Zealand and set up the O’Sullivan School of Irish Dance in Auckland. Hilary has been a qualified Irish Dancing teacher for over 20 years.
Hilary’s best attribute is coaching and training dancers to achieve their goals at competitive levels. Hilary has trained numerous dancers who have gone on to win countless titles at regional and national level in solo and ceili (team) dancing as well as being hugely successful at international competitions.
Hilary has also assisted many Auckland dancers in training dancers towards obtaining their TCRG qualification.
Emma Taylor (neé Ahmed) – TCRG
Emma started dancing at age 3 and began a successful competitive career which spanned over 20 years. After moving from Dublin, Ireland to New Zealand in 1997, Irish dancing was a great way to keep in touch with her Irish herritage.
Throughout her competitive career, Emma placed consistently in the top ten at the New Zealand National Championships and was awarded the Rodney Walshe Travel Scholarship in 2011 which was awarded annually to the top dancer in the 17 years and over category competing in the New Zealand Irish Dancing National Championships. The scholarship was awarded by the international judges officiating the Championships to the dancer of their choosing who they believed had the most merit to compete at the Irish Dancing World Championships the following year. Emma also won the National title in the ladies 19-21 years age group at the New Zealand Irish Dancing National Championships in 2013.
Emma has represented New Zealand three times at the World Irish Dancing Championships, once at the North American Irish Dancing Nationals and twice at the All Ireland Championships. She has also competed successfully in Australia on multiple occassions.
After ending her competitive career in 2014, Emma turned her focus solely to teaching and obtained her TCRG qualification in 2016.
Emma was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2015 and is currently studying to become a qualified primary teacher.