Karoliina Hirvonen

Karoliina started dancing when she was 8 years old, and her repertoire includes also ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. She found Irish dancing more than 10 years ago and has focused only on it for the last few years. Karoliina’s teachers have been Piia-Maria Aho and Tereza Bernardová (TCRG).

Karoliina has a lot of experience in competing and performing in all her dance forms. She has travelled all over Europe competing with great success and has gathered valuable experience from major competitions as well, such as All Scotlands and Mainland Europe Championships. Karoliina also has the title of Mainland Europe Intermediate Trophy Champion 2017. Karoliina’s competition level is Open Championship in Senior Ladies O23 and is representing inSpiral Dance Company Finland. She also takes her Grade Exams regularly.

Karoliina would do basically anything for this art form, Irish dance is truly important to her. She has a lot of personal goals but the greatest are to qualify for the World Irish Dancing Championships and get her TCRG (teacher’s certification).
As a teacher Karoliina is very strict about technique and rhythm but is still encouraging all her students to try and try a little bit more again.
 

Katja Mattila

Katja started Irish dancing about 10 years ago and it has become one of her dearest hobbies. Katja has been competing for several years and has slowly got herself from Beginner level up to the Intermediate level. Competing and performances are motivating to her, they give challenge and boost to practice.

Katja also likes to create her own choreographies and performances. Even though Irish dancing is on the top of the list, she also has time for regular classes in modern dance, horseback riding and singing.

Katja wants to encourage all the adults into a world of dance, it’s never too late to start a new hobby!