Meet Our People

A disciple is not above his teacher,
but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
~ Luke 6:40

Keidi Anderson

Irish Dance Instructor

Keidi started dancing ballet and tap when she was five, but a move to Uganda, Africa with her family put a stop to dance training for the next four years. When they moved back to the U.S. in 2010, Keidi was able to hop back into ballet under the instruction of Katie Bouma. However, at that year’s spring recital, Keidi saw Irish Dance for the first time and she never looked back. She frequently trains with Haran School of Irish Dance in order to compete at feiseanna and she has achieved the level of Preliminary Championship. Keidi is a hard-working sophomore at New Saint Andrews College.

Katie Akin

Artistic Director & Lead Irish Dance Instructor

Katie is the Artistic Director of Rince na Grá and our lead Irish dance instructor. Katie has Irish danced exuberantly since she was seven years old and dabbled here and there in ballet since she was five. She has trained, competed, and professionally performed with the Haran Irish dancers since 2003 and is currently ranked as an Open Champion. She joined the Charity School of Dance in 2012 and began teaching the next year. Katie is actively pursuing her T.C.R.G. (certified Irish dance teacher by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the international Irish dance organization). Katie has passed three of the four exams, and looks forward to becoming an internationally certified Irish dance instructor soon. Katie recently graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Food and Nutrition and is a very happy homemaker.

Kayla Erb

Irish Dance Instructor

Kayla started dancing when she was seven years old at the Charity Dance Camp in 2011 and has never stopped! Her primary focus is Irish Dance and she especially loves choreographing new numbers. After serving as a teaching assistant for two years, Kayla went through a year of teacher-training with Ruth Saunders in 2017-18. This is her second year teaching Irish Dance on her own even though she’s been with the Galway and Dublin girls each step of the way. Kayla begin competing in Irish Dance with the Haran School in Spokane in 2017 and qualified as a Preliminary Champ in April 2018.

Sandy Belschner

Owner & Executive Director

Sandy can’t dance, but, boy, can she organize! Somehow she always ends up being the one in charge, probably just because she’s good with She can sing, too. And she’s been on stage her whole life--always singing; not dancing. She plays guitar and piano; but she still can’t dance--not the way Miss Katie can. She’s really into folk dancing and has called almost a hundred events--but that’s not the same kind of dancing her daughters can do. Sandy CAN do the moonwalk, the Electric Slide and the Texas two-step, but that doesn't count. One time Sandy was being interviewed and the person asked her, “if you could do one thing, what would it be?” Without hesitation Sandy blurted out, “I just want to dance!” It wasn’t a very thoughtful answer (she probably should’ve said that she would smuggle Bibles into North Vietnam), but it was honest. Sandy may not be able to dance like Miss Keidi, but she will do her best to give every girl a safe, fun place where they CAN learn to dance.