Rose-Ritchie Irish Dance Academy Celebrates 10 Years

Patricia Rose and Rori Ritchie met in 1980 at an Irish dance school. This past weekend, their own school, Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance, celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a traditional Irish Dance Party or ”Ceili.” More than 150 people gathered for the Ceili (pronounced cay-lee) to honor Patricia and Rori. Food, fun, and live music made the evening an entertaining party for all ages. The dance floor was packed with young and old dancing to lively Irish music. The party was hosted in PQ at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall. St Timothy’s generously donated the space for the party.

Patricia Rose gladly welcomed her childhood friend and dance partner, Rori Ritchie into a business partnership when Rori moved to San Diego in 2006. It was soon renamed the Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance.

Founded in 2002, the studio today has more than 170 students ranging in age from five years old to adult. The school offers 26 classes per week for beginner to championship level dancing. Rose-Ritchie Irish Dance Academy also reached another milestone in 2011 when they were able to send a record 80 dancers to the regional competition. Nine of those students qualified to compete in the National competition in Chicago this past July. The studio has had 2 locations in the Plaza Rancho Peñasquitos in PQ. They moved to their current location in 2009.