ROISIN ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE
Premier Syracuse Irish Dance School
J.J. Hester is a longtime friend of Lisa's. He is a well accomplished, upstanding person in the Irish Dance field. JJ is a licensed teacher and adjudicator of Irish Dance through the An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha. J.J. travels to Syracuse
to hold workshops for the Roisin Dancers. He helps as a fresh set of eyes for the dancers to learn from, giving the kids an opportunity to experience his exceptional teaching style and skill set. He is adored by the Roisin dancers and their families for his hard work, and dedication to all students.
LISA LONERGAN ABEL, T.C.R.G.
Owner, Licensed Instructor
Director of Classes
Lisa started dancing at the age of eight. She instantly fell in love with the sport of Irish Dance & everything it involved. Lisa started teaching at the mere age of 13, assisting her teachers with their classes in Syracuse as well as holding private lessons for dancers in her parent's studio basement.
Lisa successfully competed on a Regional, National & International World Championship level for both solo & team competitions. She was consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the Regional & National Championships. Lisa has qualified & has had the honor of competing at the World Championships of Irish Dance multiple times throughout the span of her competitive career.
Towards the end of her competitive career, she spent a brief time traveling with world renowned fiddle player, Eileen Ivers, where she performed on stage throughout her tours.
After permanently moving back to Syracuse, she then studied for & earned her T.C.R.G. (Irish dance teaching certification) through the An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland) in 2011. Roisin Academy has been in full force ever since. Years have been spent sculpting, crafting & growing the Roisin Academy into the premier school it is today. To the present day, Lisa is the owner & director of the Roisin Academy of Irish Dance, home to many wonderful, dedicated students & families.
PT, DPT, OCS
Strenghtening & Injury Prevention Coach
Tim Abel, (Lisa's loving, supportive husband!) is a physical therapist at Upstate Bone & Joint.
He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a doctorate in Physical Therapy, as well as his Orthopedic Specialist Certification.
Tim has been practicing Physical Therapy since 2008. His time is
spent rehabilitating patients with injuries of every spectrum. Knee replacements, athletic
injuries, physical disabilities- Tim is exceptional at his
craft and for personally caring for each of his patients.
Tim volunteers his time coaching the Roisin Dancers on strengthening,
sports agility, injury prevention and overall training to better them for the sport of Irish Dance.