Our Team


Celia Bassett

Co-Director & Teacher

Celia started Irish dancing at the age of ten in Santa Fe, NM. It was an instant passion, and she continued to learn, perform, teach and compete without pause! She has also taken a variety of other dance forms; bellydance, clogging, Scottish, ballet, tap and others! Celia has guest-performed with Lunasa, Natalie MacMaster, Eileen Ivers, and Trinity Irish Dance. She competed nationally as well as in Ireland. Celia has a degree in Anthropology (B.S) Exercise Science (A.A.S.) and certificates in Elementary Education and Montessori (early childhood). She enjoys uniting her passions for teaching, choreographing, child development, and working to preserve traditional forms of Irish Dance! Outside of dance, Celia is an avid hiker and knitter, and lives in Santa Fe with her young family.

Adrienne Bellis

Co-Director & Champ Coach

Adrienne began Irish dancing in California at the Claddagh School of Irish Dance and is a National Champion as part of an 8-hand ceili team. She and many of her students have performed with artists such as Trinity Irish Dance Company, Lúnasa, Natalie MacMaster, Gaelic Storm and Eileen Ivers. Several of her students are national and regional champions, and many of them are up and coming choreographers. Adrienne is also a professional singer. Her voice can be heard on various film and video soundtracks, and on several singer-songwriter’s albums.


Natalie Rutiezer

Creative Movement and More!

Natalie has had a love for dance and theatre all of her life. She began studying dance at the age of 14 and hasn't stopped! She has been teaching children's dance classes for over twelve years to ages 18 months to 16 years old. Her Creative movement classes are a mix of improvisational exercises, technique and storytelling in a fun and welcoming environment! She loves teaching classes for both children and adults and can’t wait to share her passion and love of dance with her students.

Vicky Hypes-Mayfield

Assistant Teacher - Irish Dance

Vicky started dancing in 2000 and has been an Irish dancer as long as she can remember. Her competitive career spans two continents, five countries, and three decades. Vicky has danced in multiple World and National championships and toured New Mexico with Gaelic Storm. As a dancer and dance teacher, she has a passion for competitive choreography and combining her athletic expertise in weightlifting and powerlifting with Irish dance training. Outside these activities, she loves riding down mountains on either skis or bikes and exploring Santa Fe restaurants with her husband.