Our Instructors

Barbara Goggin-Wade, T.C.R.G.

As a retired championship level dancer of 17 years and principal instructor of the Oakville and Windsor locations, Barb oversees all competitive dance classes from pre-school to Championship. Barb is internationally certified and has been dancing since the age of four. Barb began assisting with her teacher (Yvonne Kelly of the O'Ceallaigh School) and has been teaching for over twenty-five years. Barb has designed each of her school costumes over the years and she continues to use her creative talents by assisting in designing solo dance costumes and helping to select the best colours, fits and designs for the dancers. Barb's passion for team dancing has helped to build a strong reputation for this school with traditional ceili dances and figure choreographies, and was instrumental in the School's success at the 2013 World Championships where the minor team brought back the School's first world medal for teams. Barb has trained soloists and teams for Regional, North American and World Championship competitions and takes pride in all achievements by the dancers, whether they are regional titles or personal bests.

Ryan Carroll, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.

Ryan obtained his teaching certification (T.C.R.G.) in 2001 during a break from touring with Riverdance - The Show, where he was both a troupe dancer and understudy to the male lead since 1996. Ryan started teaching with the Goggin School in 1995, creating a dance for competitors heading to the World Championships. That one weekend workshop grew to a partnership to form one of Canada's largest Irish dance schools, which is now known as Goggin-Carroll. Ryan is based in Oakville and works with dancers from advanced beginner through to Championship. He has a colourful competitive history which includes seven World medals, two North American titles and ten Regional titles; all earned as a student of the Butler Academy. Ryan earned his adjudicator credentials (A.D.C.R.G.) in 2003, and is actively sought around the world to officiate at competitions.  Ryan has volunteered as Secretary and President of The Irish Dance Teachers Association of Eastern Canada and was appointed Vice-President of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, based in Dublin, Ireland. 

Lauren Stewart, T.C.R.G.

Lauren started dancing at the age of 7 under the Goggin School. She danced her entire career with Barb and Ryan as her mentors. Lauren went on to win three Eastern Canadian championships with Goggin-Carroll; finished top ten at the North American championships, recalled to the final round four times at the World Championships and ended her competitive dancing days with a top 20 World Medal - her overall dancing dream.  Lauren began helping in beginner classes at 14 where she quickly identified that the passion and love she has for dancing needed to be shared.  Lauren qualified as a certified Irish dance teacher in 2012 and teaches all levels at Goggin-Carroll with a special focus toward health and fitness for the elite level dancers.  Lauren obtained her E.C.E. degree from Ryerson University in 2014.