Becky started dancing at an older age than most after spending a few years overseas in Kuwait and taking a hiatus from regular activities. Upon returning home she began recreational Irish dance classes at age 12. Recreational classes quickly sparked an interest in doing more, and she enrolled with the Greene School of Irish Dance and began competing at 14.
Becky enjoyed much competitive success, reaching the highest level in Irish dancing, Open Championships. In addition to competing, she has enjoyed performing at venues big and small, and was most recently part of the troupe that performed in the 2014 and 2015 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. She also traveled with the troupe to Hamburg, Germany in October 2014 to dance in the Polizeishow.
Irish dance also took Becky to Dublin, Ireland where she lived for a year. While there she danced with Colette Cooke and studied for her TCRG exam under the lovely Mollie Farrelly. Becky passed her TCRG in the fall of 2013.
Prior to establishing Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy, Becky was an assistant teacher locally, and previously opened a recreational dance school as one of her co-op work terms while completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in entrepreneurship, at Dalhousie University. Since opening Rising Tide, Becky has completed her Advanced Diploma in Public Relations at NSCC, and served on the Board of Directors for Dance Nova Scotia. Otherwise she spends her time living in, and loving, Dartmouth and her dog Charlie.
Laura has been dancing since she was three years old. Originally from Toronto, she studied ballet at the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement until she graduated high school, obtaining her Grade 8 award with Honours from the Royal Academy of Dance. When she was nine years old, she attended her first Irish dance class and the fast footwork and high energy captured her heart – and she’s been Irish dancing ever since.
Laura has studied Irish dance in Toronto, Halifax, and Northern Ireland, and competed at local, national and international levels. She attended the World Irish Dance Championships, and placed as high as 5th at the Eastern Canadian Championships. Her passion for dance extended beyond competition to helping other dancers succeed; she has helped teach classes in Toronto, Halifax and Derry (Northern Ireland).
In 2012 Laura obtained her TCRG, and in 2014 Laura and fellow dancer Becky Chapman founded Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy. In 2017, Laura obtained her ADCRG, making her the first adjudicator in Atlantic Canada.
Outside of dance, Laura holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and works as an HR consultant. In her spare time she reads, plays guitar and spends time with her husband and their dog Finnegan.