We love Irish dancing, and it shows!
"Teachers create the future when they shape the people they instruct, guide, and encourage.
They give hope and the belief that every person has something positive to offer."
& Victoria White
OIDA is run by sisters Christina and Victoria White. Born and raised in Portland, they both fell in love with Irish dancing after seeing Riverdance when they were young girls. They have been teaching for a combined 18 years, as well as spending a combined 36 years performing and competing at a world level, qualifying for the World Championships a combined 17 times. In addition, they have had the distinct honor since 2012 to be selected as counselors at the largest international summer camp for Irish dancers, Camp Rince Ceol, in New York where they get to work with and learn from multiple world champions and principal dancers from professional dance shows including Riverdance and Lord of Dance.
"We love passing on our knowledge and passion for Irish dance and helping our students build confidence and feel successful! The most important thing we want you to know about OIDA is that we believe in teaching in an encouraging way. Class is structured to instill an appreciation for discipline and hard work, but instruction is always geared towards creating a positive, pleasant, and fun-filled environment that students will look back on and remember with joy. We love Irish dancing and want you to love it, too!"
Read full bios below!
Miss Christina began Irish dancing when she was 9 years old. She has trained both as a solo and team competitor and performer. During her competitive career, she was ranked 5th in the Western US Region and qualified for the World Championships nine times. She earned a World Recall Medal at the World Championships and placed 44th in the World. Irish dancing has taken her all over America, as well as Canada, Australia, Scotland, England, and Ireland. She has performed with The Chieftains, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Oregon Symphony, Gaelic Storm, and many other world-renowned Irish musicians and groups. She was a gymnast for many years, and spent five years coaching gymnastics in addition to dance. In 2017 she was voted in by the public and became the face of Phoenix Designs, an international Irish dancing costume company. She has been Irish dancing for twenty years, teaching for ten years, and loves helping so many dancers fall in love with Irish dance the same way she did when she was young!
Miss Victoria first Irish danced when she was 7 years old. She excelled competitively, reaching the highest level of competition in a mere year and a half. She is a three-time Western US Regional Champion, meaning she was the highest ranked dancer in the 13 western-most US states for three consecutive years! She has qualified for the World Championships eight times, been ranked as high as 15th in North America, placed as high as 24th in the world, and placed 5th at the Great Britain Championships. She auditioned for and was accepted into the Riverdance Academy 2017, earning a full-ride scholarship in the process. She was also a 2018 Dance Wire Ambassador. She has traveled all over the globe, and she has years of professional experience performing with many world-renowned Irish musicians and groups including Téada and Gaelic Storm. She toured in the world premiere of "Christmas in Killarney" and with Irish Dance Theatre's "The Celtic Gift," as well as dancing in FOX Sports' nationally televised commercial for U.S. Women's Soccer Team member, Tobin Heath. She has been teaching for 8 years and loves passing on her love of Irish dance!
Miss Emily started Irish dancing in California when she was 8 years old. She competed for many years, but her real joy always came from performing in shows and being on a team! She began helping to teach dance classes when she was 13 and continued to help teaching dance until she moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College, where she double majored in Mathematics and Chemistry. She now works at Lewis & Clark teaching math and running the peer tutoring center at the undergraduate campus, as well as working in STEM education at the graduate campus. She has extensive tutoring experience and loves helping younger people learn. When she moved to Portland, she joined OIDA's Adult Performance Team, and when we found out she also loved to teach Irish dancing, the rest was history! She is also a passionate runner, swimmer, artist, cook, and seamstress, and she even lived in Cork, Ireland, when she was little!