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Karl Drake, ADCRG

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Professional Achievements

Workshops and Master classes given throughout North America, Europe, Yanling Studios, Beijing, China and most recently at the World Famous Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing, China

KIM OF QUEENS TV APPEARANCE, Lifetime TV, March 4, 2014

THE JOURNEY HOME, Shanghai, China, March 2013
Produced and choreographed “The Journey Home” in Shanghai, China to a sold out crowd in March 2013 as part of Irish week in Shanghai

CELTIC CONNECTIONS, Beijing, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China, March 3, 2012

AN IRISH EVENING, Dublin, GA, March 2012
Directed and produced show to a sold out audience of 800 people

RHYTHM DANCE – THE SHOW, Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), Tennessee, April-May 2001 & 2002
Lead Dancer/Choreographer

RHYTHM DANCE – THE SHOW, Branson, Missouri, April-May 1998 & 1999
Lead Irish Dancer/Choreographer 2000

  • Performed select pieces from Riverdance with a cast of over 50 dancers and musicians

  • Completed over 80 sold out shows in front of a 1,000+ audience over a five week period in 1998 and completed 175 sold out shows in 1999/2000

  • Choreographed select pieces from the show


Guest Instructor & Performer

RHYTHM DANCE – THE SHOW, Austria, November 1998

MIDTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL, Birmingham, AL, June 1998
Lead Irish Dancer/Choreographer

PERFORMED FOUR SHOWS at “City Stages” with a cast of thirty dancers
Choreographed all Irish Dance pieces

COMMON GROUND, Delray Beach, FL, March 1998
Lead Irish Dancer/Choreographer

  • Performed in four sold-out shows with a cast of thirty Irish, tap, & clog dancers

  • Choreographed Irish dance pieces and designed all Irish dance costumes

  • Taught workshops for tap dancers & cloggers to incorporate Irish dance in routines


NATIONAL CLOGGING CONVENTION, Nashville, TN, November 1997 & 1998
Guest Instructor & Performer

  • Held hour-long workshops on beginning and intermediate Irish dancing at the Opryland Hotel

  • Taught fundamentals of Irish dancing to over 1,000 clog dancers

  • Performed in and choreographed the show, “A Tribute to Riverdance” with a cast of over 50 dancers to conclude the week long convention


Guest Instructor & Performer


  • Trained and coached Maggie Domingo, who placed 5th at the All-Ireland Championships 2014 in Dublin, Ireland

  • Trained and coached Catie Foley, currently ranked 8th in the Worlds

  • Trained and coached Anne Reilly who danced with Riverdance 2007 and 2008

  • Trained and coached Alex Arguelles who danced with Riverdance, Mexico Tour in 2006

  • Trained and coached 16-hand team, who auditioned and performed for America’s Got Talent, making it through to the second round in February 2009

  • Produced Regional & National Dance Champions who competed in the World Irish Dance Championships held in Ireland since 1990 to present

  • Created the Drake School of Irish Dance in 1990 in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, and the state of Florida.  The school has now expanded to also include the states of  Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and the countries of Mexico and China

  • Received “Exceptional Ability in Performing Arts” immigration status

  • Eastern Regional Irish Dance Champion

  • Placed 5th in the World Irish Dance Championships in Ireland


Irish Dancing Teachers Association – T.C.R.G.
Dublin, Ireland, 1990

Golden School of Irish Dance, New York, NY
August 1986 – December 1989

O’Shea School of Irish Dance, Dublin, Ireland
August 1974 – August 1986

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