Tim O'Hare TCRG, ADCRG
Tim’s dancing career started at the young age of 5 with the Dineen School in Detroit, MI. His first National title came at the age of 10 and Tim then went on to win 6 additional National titles and 2 Regional titles. Tim placed 3rd at the World Championships in 1975. His competitive years were highlighted with back-to-back World Championship Titles: In 1976 he was the Junior Men’s Champion and in 1977 Tim became the Senior Men's World Champion.
Tim’s professional career in Irish Dance is highlighted by his 1996 tour with the Chieftains, an appearance in the Disney feature film MAFIA in 1998 and a visit to the White House on St. Patrick’s Day in 1999. Tim’s students have won Regional, National, All-Ireland and World Championships and many have appeared in the stage shows Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
Teaching aside, Tim is currently in his 2nd term as President of the IDTANA and is a Commission dance representative in Dublin, Ireland. He spends countless hours traveling each week to teach classes as well as adjudicating dance competitions all over the world. Tim has numerous achievements of which to be proud. His dedication and commitment to excellence in teaching Irish Dance makes the O’Hare School the success that it is today.
Megan Sanders-Paulowicz TCRG, ADCRG
Megan started dancing at age 4 under the instruction of Tim O’Hare as one of the original students at the O’Hare School of Irish Dance. Under constant guidance from her 3 older sisters, Megan's competitive spirit and her passion for Irish Dance blossomed at an early age. She competed in her first Oireachtas at age six and placed second in her age group. Over the years, Megan competed in 16 Mid-West Championships, as well as numerous Nationals and three trips to the World Championships.
In 1994, Megan enrolled at Western Michigan University, but shortly thereafter decided that her chosen career would be teaching Irish Dance. She began teaching in ’96 and in ‘99 passed the TCRG exam. In 2007, Megan earned her adjudicating certificate (ADGRC), an accomplishment she is most proud of. Later that year she expanded the O’Hare School to Ann Arbor, MI where she resides with her husband Ken.
In 2010 Megan returned to college and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Eastern Michigan University and then started working in the hospitality industry in 2015. While currently teaching in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Megan instructs dancers from Beginner to Adult as well as World Championship caliber students in both Solo and Ceili dancing. The joy of dance, a sense of accomplishment, and her accumulated dance experience and knowledge are gifts she shares with each O’Hare dancer.