About Phoenix Academy

About Phoenix Irish Dance Academy

Phoenix Irish Dance Academy is recognized as a certified CLRG Irish dance school. The teachers have a combined 30 years of Irish Dance experience, including international level competition and show performance. Combining the experience, style, and knowledge of both teachers provides a diverse and well rounded classroom experience. Competitive, show-minded, and recreational dancers are encouraged to continually evolve and discover the best version of themselves through integrity, honest effort, and a love of Irish dance. Discover the joy of Irish dance and join Phoenix Irish Dance Academy today!

The Teachers


Shani DuFrain
Shani DuFrain, TCRG

Shani DuFrain began Irish dance at the age of 8. She has competed in several regional oireachtaisí, as well as the North American Irish Dance Championships, the All Ireland Dancing Championships, and the World Irish Dancing Championships. She has performed twice on Carnival cruise ships throughout the Caribbean and Mexico, and in many festivals and shows up and down the East Coast of the United States. In 2015, she sang on the title track of Mark Brandt's album, Joie de Vivre, and her footwork and steps may be heard as percussion on several tracks from the same album. Shani is also a certified fitness instructor.


Rachel Wolf
Rachel Wolf

Rachel Wolf started Irish dancing at age 7 and has been in love with the style and energy of Irish Dance ever since. Additionally, she has danced on a competitive level, although the roots of her love affair with Irish dance have always stemmed back to the stage and performance-style Irish dancing.  Rachel is a newly licensed RN and also has an extensive background in theater, directing, teaching, and business management. She has taught Irish dance on both a professional and private level for many years, and she could not be more excited to introduce the world to the Phoenix Irish Dance Academy!