McTeggart Irish Dancers of North Texas

About Us

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The McTeggart Irish Dancers of North Texas, founded by Maureen McTeggart Hall T.C.R.G, A.D.C.R.G. and currently under the direction of Anne Hall T.C.R.G, A.D.C.R.G. has been offering classes in competitive and performance Irish step dancing in the DFW area since 1984. Our dancers not only compete locally, regionally, and internationally but they perform throughout the area at schools, retirement homes, and major cultural events to promote and keep alive the art of traditional Irish dancing.  We offer outstanding instruction to help our dancers meet their goals and develop a lifelong love of dance!

Our North Texas Teachers and Coach

Aurora Averill, DC, TCRG

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Dr. Aurora Averill began Irish Dance at a recreational dance studio at the age of ten. As she progressed in her ability, Aurora realized she needed a greater challenge and enrolled with The McTeggart Irish Dancers of North Texas when she was 14. Aurora naturally flourished in the competitive environment McTeggart offered and competed in solo championships as well as Cèili championships on the local, regional, and national stages. Aurora continued competing throughout college and advanced to Open Championships while pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Toward the end of her competitive career, Aurora discovered a passion for teaching as well as dancing.  In December, 2016, Aurora successfully passed her TCRG certification exam and is now a registered teacher with An Coimisuin Le Rinci Gaelecha (CLRG) and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA).  


 Aurora graduated from Parker University in 2018 with a Doctorate of Chiropractic, a Bachelors of Science in Anatomy, and a Bachelors of Science in Health and Wellness. She is board certified in Chiropractic from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and holds an active license in the state of Texas.

Jason Hays, TCRG

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  Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Hays began dancing in May of 1999 at the age of seven after seeing Michael Flatley’s “Feet of Flames” and "Riverdance" on PBS and telling his parents, “this is what I want to do!” Hays trained with the McTeggart Irish Dancers of North Texas under the direction of Maureen McTeggart Hall, and in a nearly 16 year competitive career, Hays won 14 undefeated Southern USA Regional titles, two North American Championships, the All Ireland Championship, and his crowning achievement: two World Championship titles, earning him the distinction of being the first dancer in the Southern USA Region to have won the Worlds. Outside his competitive career, Hays has performed alongside The Chieftains, Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies, Eileen Ivers, and with Michael Flatley in both “Lord of the Dance” and “Feet of Flames.” 


In May 2017, Hays successfully passed his Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha (TCRG) certification exam and is now a registered teacher with An Coimisuin Le Rinci Gaelecha (CLRG) and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA). Along with his TCRG, Hays also holds a Bachelors of Art in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Nyssa Milburn

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Nyssa Milburn chasséd into the dance world at the age of four as an enthusiastic student of a local ballet studio. Although ballet did not turn into a lifelong passion for Nyssa, she felt a strong draw to continue dancing and knew the moment she saw students of The McTeggart Irish Dancers of North Texas perform at a local Celtic Festival that she was destined to Irish Dance. Nyssa began lessons with Maureen McTeggart Hall at the age of ten and steadily climbed the competitive ranks from beginner to championship throughout her early career. During this time, Nyssa performed with The Chieftans, Cherish The Ladies, Eileen Ivers, Behan, and myriad other local and international Irish bands. After 15 years, Nyssa retired from competition to focus on family and free up time to coach a growing dance school. In December of 2018, Nyssa re-entered the competitive world at the encouragement of her teachers and attended Southern Region Oireachtas where she placed 7th in the Adult Championship. Since then, she has won several competitions throughout the Southern United States and New York. Nyssa returned to the Southern Region Oireachtas in 2019 where she placed 5th and performed with McTeggart North Texas’ inaugural Adult Cèili team.   


Outside of Irish Dance, Nyssa is the proud mother of four fantastic children. She is a full-time student of Accounting in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and is furthering her professional endeavors as an Accounting Assistant for a Fort Worth-based Nonprofit.