Dan Triggle and Karen Johnson are a fabulous team and my daughter is fortunate to have them as mentors. Dan Triggle is a World Champion and it shows in all that he does. ~ K.S., parent
Karen Johnson, Owner and Managing Director
Growing up in West Virginia and Hong Kong, Karen was involved in piano, chorus, tennis, and enjoyed traveling the world with her family. She graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies, with a primary focus on Mandarin language, and a minor degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance. After graduation, Karen spent the next two years working for two exporting companies in Taiwan before returning to North Carolina and joining Nortel Networks. Karen stayed on with Nortel for seventeen years, working in various marketing positions, including a year in Tokyo, Japan, supporting both the international and domestic sales teams. Following her son’s footsteps, Karen began taking Irish dance lessons in 2008 and quickly became hooked on Irish dance and thoroughly enjoys performing and competing. In September 2009, Karen began working with Danny Tighe and assumed ownership of the school in November of that same year. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Karen is leading and developing the school while maintaining a strong family environment. In her spare time, Karen is involved in professional business groups and sits on the board of directors with NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). Karen also enjoys singing in the choir, playing hand bells at her church and getting together with friends!
Daniel Triggle, TCRG
Daniel Triggle began dancing at the age of seven in Bristol United Kingdom, as was tradition in his community. Daniel applied himself to Irish dancing for a total of 18 years and as a result, his accomplishments precede him. His talents have been ranked and recognized on the worldwide championship level. Within this time he has come in 1st at “The British Nationals” and taken a coveted 2nd place at “The All Irelands”, “All Scotland’s”, “European Nationals”, “American Nationals” and “The World Championships”. He also competed in Ceili teams and Choreography, coming in 1st for the World Title consecutively for 2003, 2004 & 2005. In 2005 Daniel performed in “Gaelforce” and “Rhythm of the Dance” where he was cast as the male leading role. In 2006 he began touring the world with Riverdance, performing around the world for four years in such places as the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Taiwan, China and Japan. In 2009 he obtained his T.C.R.G. certification in Irish dance instruction. On downtime before his last US tour with Riverdance, he was an instructor at Camp Rince Ceol, taught workshops and toured with “Rhythms of Ireland.”
Since joining Tríonóide in 2012, Daniel has helped create a well- rounded program for all students. He introduced team classes as well as a strong competitive solo track. Due to his high expectations for every student, Tríonóide has seen a major increase in numbers of students attending Regional, National and World Championships. In two short years Daniel helped our students qualify for the National and World Championships and led our teams to three Regional victories, Top 10 at Nationals, and 17th at Worlds. In 2015 Daniel choreographed a 16-hand performance routine, which took 1st place at Regionals. Through his detailed training program, he helped twelve students achieve National qualifying places and three students achieve World-qualifying places.
Although Daniel has indeed come a long way in the world of Irish dancing, his family and friends have kept him very grounded as a person. His teaching style is best described as rigorous yet enjoyable and ultimately effective. Dancing has been Daniel’s passion for several years and was only to be surpassed by his new-found love for teaching.
Andy O’Reilly, from the Midlands, England started dancing at 9 years old for the Sean Eireann McMahon Academy in Bristol. During his competitive career he became the All Ireland, Great Britain, North American and All Scotland Champion numerous times. He also became World Champion three times for team competitions.
He started his professional career with Michael Flatley’s Celtic Tiger on a worldwide arena tour.
Shortly thereafter Andy joined the cast of Riverdance where he toured the globe extensively in major arena’s and theaters including New York’s, Radio City Music Hall and London’s, Hammersmith Apollo. He also performed for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Dublin.
Andy is an original member of Prodijig. The groundbreaking group that beat 1000’s of other dance acts to be crowned Britain’s and Ireland’s best dance act on TV show ‘Got to Dance’. The final took place in London’s Olympia Arena in front of a live television audience of 1.4 million. This outstanding achievement resulted in a fullscale theatrical production called Footstorm which Andy was principle dancer as well as dance captain. This run included sell out shows in London’s, West End.
Heartbeat of Home; the new production from the creators of Riverdance was the natural progression for Andy. He became dance captain from its initial rehearsal period and was then made principle dancer.
Television shows that Andy has performed on include ‘Good Morning America’, ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘The Price is Right’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.
Andy has a flare for choreography, holding workshops across the world for dance schools and performing arts academies. He was co-choreographer for the GAA’s nationally televised ‘Laochra’ event in Croke Park, Dublin for a stadium audience of 87,000 people. This event celebrating the centenary of the 1916 rising in Ireland.
Having successfully completed his TCRG examination in 2008, Andy is delighted to be an integral part of the Trionoide Team in Raleigh and is excited to pass on his experience and expertise to the next generation of competitive and professional Irish Dancers.