Jacquelyn Hardychuk - TCRG, Director, Primary Instructor/Choreographer
Jacquelyn Hardychuk, the school's director and primary instructor/choreographer, has been involved in Irish Dance since the age of 3. She grew up in the Irish dance world with her mom and founder of Steel School, Carol Del Bianco, as her instructor. Jacquelyn danced with Steel School as well as for the Violet Moore School of Irish dance; where her mom had trained. Throughout her dancing career she had the privledge of participating in numerous workshops in Western Canada and the USA. She trained at the highest level, achieving success at competitions, both locally and internationally.
In 2004 Jacquelyn completed her competitive career and began assisting in classes. She shared her passion for Irish dance with each of her students and it wasn't long before she realized how much she loved instructing. In 2009, Jacquelyn received her T.C.R.G. certification from An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha and is now certified to teach competitive Irish dance. Jacquelyn shares just the right amount of discipline and encouragement as she guides her dancers towards their personal and competitive goals.
Since receiving her certification, Jacquelyn has led many of her dancers to regional, national and world level competitions. Her passion, hardwork and determination shows through in the success of all of her students!
Megan Largy started dancing with the Steel School of Irish Dance at the age of 8 years old under the instruction of Carol Del Bianco , and then eventually under the instruction of Jacquelyn Hardychuk. Megan reached the Open Championship level and at 16 years old qualified for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, making her the first student from Steel Schoool to attend and compete at the event.
Megan competed at a total of five World Championships, two All Ireland Championships and six North American Championships attaining medals from each.
In 2010, Megan competed in her last Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas and won the championship with a perfect score - making her the Under 20 Regional Champion, and the first Regional Champion from Steel School.
Megan finished her competitive career in 2011 after her last World Championships in Dublin, Ireland. She then
T.C.R.G. She looks forward to sharing her experience and passion for Irish dance with future Steel School students.
Megan Largy - TCRG, Assistant Instructor/Choreographer
Stephanie Henshaw - Instructor
Stephanie has been dancing since the age of 3 but didn’t find Irish Dance until 11; quickly becoming her passion. She started her competitive career with the Blakey School of Irish Dance in Kelowna and later moved to Steel School where she went on to compete for almost 12 years successfully reaching Open Championship level.
Stephanie competed in 5 Regional Championships and 3 National Championships in both Solo and Team competitions placing as high as Top 10 in Western Canada.
In 2016, Stephanie competed in her final Nationals and retired from the competitive scene. She continued to complete her 12 Grade Exams to achieve The Diploma of the Irish Dancing Commission. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Media and Communication.
From a young age Stephanie assisted in teaching classes of all levels finding a true passion for the younger levels; helping them get their start and finding their passion in Irish Dance. Upon retiring from competition she has taken on a more significant teaching role with our youngest students.