Sarah Armstrong Rhodes, TCRG is the instructor at Armstrong Irish Dance Academy. She discovered Irish dance at a Celtic Festival she went to when she was twelve. She fell in love with the dance form and started taking classes recreationally. After a year, she started assisting in the studio's beginning Irish dance classes and found her passion for teaching. Sarah started teaching recreational classes through her local Parks and Recreation programs. As Sarah continued to dance, she quickly progressed to the studio's top level class and was encouraged to pursue competitive Irish dancing from her teacher. Sarah transferred to the Maple School of Irish Dance in Falls Church and was taught under the instruction of Bill Maple, ADCRG and TCRG and Marnie Maple, ADCRG and TCRG. Sarah started competing and started out in the beginner level. She quickly moved up the levels and was competing in the Preliminary Championship level after 2 years of competing.


Sarah eventually transferred to the Teelin School of Irish Dance in Columbia, MD, under the instruction of Maureen Berry, TCRG. Sarah has competed at the Southern Region Oireachtas and many local feisanna.


In 2014, Sarah started studying to take her TCRG examination - a process in becoming a certified teacher with the CLRG (the Irish dance commission) - and sat her exam in September 2015. In December, she received her results and her dream of becoming a TCRG came true - she had passed the exam. She is fully vetted according to CLRG policy :

In April 2016, with a new baby 3 months old, Sarah pursued her dream and opened her own dance school, bringing a certified Irish dance school to Winchester.   


When she isn't teaching, Sarah enjoys being a mom to her two girls, Eden and Hazel, and spending time with her husband, Nate (who owns Hopscotch Coffee&Records here in Winchester!), gardening, knitting, sewing, and being outside. She has 2 dogs, Rufus (who is a big goofball), and Sun-Ra (who is a little goofball). She loves to inspire others to find their dream - be it opening a business, starting a community garden, helping a new mom learn to babywear, or make a new goal for themselves. One day Sarah hopes to be part of the birth community, be it a doula or lactation consultant.

Sarah's goal is to help mold students into dancers who have humility, dedication, tenacity, and a true passion for this unique dance form in hope to one day present them for competition. She truly believes that dance helps better each child into confident, graceful adults.


Photography by Rince&Repeat