Born in Dublin, Ireland, Hilary began dancing at age 7 with the Phyllis Mead Irish Dancing School. Hilary completed her competitive dancing career with the Naomh Padraig School of Irish dance, under the tuition of Terry Gillan and Phillip Owens.

Hilary’s love for Irish dancing quickly grew and she enjoyed numerous competitive successes in both solo and ceili (team) dancing.


Hilary danced in many display troupes travelling throughout Ireland. Her most memorable Irish dancing experience was dancing for Princess Grace of Monaco during her visit to Ireland.

In 1997 Hilary moved to New Zealand and set up the O’Sullivan School of Irish Dance in Auckland. Hilary has been a qualified Irish Dancing teacher for over 25 years.

Hilary’s best attribute is coaching and training dancers to increase their confidence and achieve their goals at competitive levels. 


Under Hilary's tuition, numerous dancers have gone on to win titles at state and national level in solo and ceili (team) dancing, as well as being hugely successful at international competitions.

In addition to teaching, Hilary has also assisted many Auckland dancers in training towards obtaining their TCRG (Irish Dance Teaching) qualification.



Emma started dancing at age 3 and began a successful competitive career which spanned over 20 years.


After moving from Dublin, Ireland to New Zealand in 1997, Irish dancing was a great way to keep in touch with her Irish herritage.

Throughout her competitive career Emma achieved state and national titles in both solo and ceili dancing. She was also awarded the Rodney Walshe Travel Scholarship. 

Emma has represented New Zealand three times at the World Irish Dancing Championships, once at the North American Irish Dancing Nationals and twice at the All Ireland Championships. She has also competed successfully in Australia on multiple occasions.

After ending her competitive career in 2014, Emma turned her focus solely to teaching and obtained her TCRG qualification.

Emma works closely with our beginner dancers and runs our preschool programme, helping to foster the love of Irish Dance for a new generation.

Emma has a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2015. She also has a Masters of Teaching (Primary) and works as a primary school teacher. 

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