Jamieson received her TCRG in the fall of 2014, making her a certified teacher under the Irish Dance Governing body, An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, in Dublin, Ireland. Leading up to this milestone Jamieson was a highly competitive Irish Dancer having been overseas twelve times for various International Irish Dance Championships as well as competing locally, regionally and nationally. Jamieson retired from competitive Irish dance as a seven-time World Championships qualifier. Throughout her competitive years she went on to receive medals at The Great Britain Championships, The All Ireland Championships & The World Irish Dance Championships. Her most prestigious awards include ranking 12th at the Great Britain Championships in 2009 & 36th at the World Championships in 2010.
Jamieson also had an enjoyable professional career. In 2011 she was invited to Dublin, Ireland where she successfully auditioned for Riverdance. She went on to tour with The Tartan Terrors, a Celtic Group based out of Toronto, Canada, as their lead Irish Dancer between 2011-2013. She still joins up occasionally to perform with the group today. Jamieson currently performs with the Celtic Punk Rock group 1916, based in Rochester, NY. Some of their more renowned performances include The Rochester Fringe Festival, 2015 and The Flogging Molly Cruise, 2016.
Prior to Irish Dancing, Jamieson began her dance journey at age five in Horseheads, NY. While studying many forms of dance throughout those early years, she has performed in countless shows & attended dance competitions at the local, regional & national level. In 2008 Jamieson earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from SUNY Brockport, where she minored in dance performance, studying ballet & modern. In addition, Jamieson is a certified instructor of bootybarre, a dance inspired fitness class blending pilates, dance & yoga. Jamieson has taught at a number of locations over the past 16 years & has much experience with choreography and other art forms. Establishing Jamieson Irish Dance in July of 2016 is one of Katie's most prideful moments, her heart & soul is engulfed in the dance school & the future is bright! She is ready to share her gifts, knowledge & enthusiasm with the world of dance!
Caitlyn Eberle Brandt
At an early age, Caitlyn’s love for Irish dance and culture was impassioned. A combination of her Irish heritage and robust exposure to Irish tradition growing up in Buffalo, New York, facilitated the lifelong devotion to the sport. Some of her earliest, most joyful memories include an endless amount of Irish Dance & Culture community events & at the young age of eight, she was hooked!
In both solo and team events, Caitlyn refined her skills as a champion dancer and over time, she became a polished, competitive dancer and a leader within her team. As a soloist & a member of a very determined & dedicated team Caitlyn had the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally & internationally with great success, often placing among the top! To this day, she believes there is nothing quite like the connection and camaraderie she experienced while dancing with her team.
Caitlyn retired from dancing when she started her undergraduate career at SUNY Geneseo. There, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and pursued this interest at the Master’s level at the University of Rochester. She began working for the University’s Department of Psychiatry and obtained her Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling. Caitlyn currently works as a mental health therapist in the Rochester Regional health system.
She is thrilled to be involved in Irish dancing again after recognizing and subsequently connecting with Katie Jamieson from the “old days.” While she is getting her “dancing legs” back, Caitlyn hopes to assist and support Katie with classes, shows & events. She has been happy to realize she’s still got it after all these years!