Atlantic Dance Exchange is a dance collective dedicated to the performance, exchange, and exploration of percussive dance styles and traditions. Founded by dancers with backgrounds in Irish, Sean-Nós, and American tap traditions, we create opportunities for cross-genre collaboration, music making, and live performance, and invite dancers of all levels to join our community.

Our Mission

Our mission is trifold:

  • To perform a mix of percussive dance styles, creating unique fusion performances.
  • To host dance teachers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, offering workshops and masterclasses in percussive dance styles from around the globe.
  • To create opportunities for cross-genre collaboration in percussive dance (Irish, Sean-Nós, tap or other styles); for dancers and musicians to create music together and inspire each other; for adults of all levels to embrace and enjoy dance as an integral part of life.

Founding Members

Mary Beth Taylor is a dancer and educator, embracing both Sean-Nós (‘old style’) and modern Irish dance. The child of an Irish mother and an American father, Mary Beth grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and moved to Ireland in 2002. She is a registered Irish dancing teacher (TCRG) with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. A dance professional with more than twenty years of experience, Mary Beth has enjoyed many different opportunities as a performer, tutor, and choreographer. Along with running weekly classes in Dublin, she has danced all over the world, having taught and performed throughout Ireland, the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Cyprus, Albania, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Oman. She is passionate about Irish culture and dance and making tradition inclusive for anyone and everyone.

Colleen Werle is a tap dancer hailing from Chicago, where she was a member of TONIK Tap Dance Company for four years, serving as dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal manager. Her choreography has been selected twice for Dance Chicago Festival in 2010 & 2011. Since moving to Ireland in 2015 she has established Tap Dance Dublin and is proud to be in her sixth year teaching adult tap classes in Drumcondra. Recent highlights include performing with Atlantic Dance Exchange in both Cyprus and Albania, hosting percussive dance masterclasses with Nic Gareiss and Adam Garcia, and finally nailing a three-sound pullback!