Richens/Timm  Academy  of Irish  Dance


About Us

About the Academy...

The Richens/Timm Academy is one of the most recognizable and respected names in the world of Irish dance.  It is the most established and accomplished school in both central Ohio and central Indiana.  The Academy’s rich history began over 35 years ago when Ann Richens ADCRG, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began traveling to Columbus from Dayton, Ohio to share her passion for Irish dance.  After her prized pupil, John Timm, captured the 1993 Senior Men’s World Championship title, they partnered and the school became the Richens/Timm Academy.  In 1994, John continued the tradition of the traveling dance master while expanding the Academy’s reach into Indiana.  Under their direction, the Richens/Timm Academy currently serves locations in Columbus (Dublin) and Dayton, OH , Indianapolis and Tipton, IN, and now a satellite studion in Wyoming.

Richens/Timm provides a fun, friendly, family atmosphere where each dancer is given the polished skill set to maximize his/her potential and accomplish personal goals—whether that be to perform at a grandparent’s nursing home, to capture a World Medal, or to learn simply for the love of dance. 

Known for its outstanding success in the competitive arena, the Academy has produced more than 10 World Qualifiers each year over the past decade. Historically, individuals have accomplished:

  • 49 Regional Champions
  • 11 North American Champions
  • 3 All-Ireland Champions with 2 Runner-up finishes
  • 2 Senior Men's World Champions

On the biggest stage of all, the annual World Championships, dancers from the Academy had the best finish from any Mid-American school in 2009, capturing 4 medals! Over time Richens/Timm dancers have won a staggering 36 medals, including 30 top 10 finishes; 13 top 5 finishes; 8 top 3 finishes; and now, 2 elusive World Championship titlles with Michael Holland's April 2012 win as Senior Men's World Champion.

Whether a Beginner, Novice, Champion or adult dancer, The Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance provides access to the highest qualified instructors and their closest attention.  Even with varying aspirations, all dancers receive a high quality education in Irish dance at the Richens/Timm Academy. 

There are few artistic disciplines in the world where students begin with the best!

World Class Instructors...

There are few artistic disciplines in the world where students begin with the best!

Ann Richens ADCRG PortraitAnn Richens A.D.C.R.G. /T.C.R.G.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ann Richens on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of family and friends who celebrated her life on Saturday, September 3, 2011. She was smiling down on all of us gathered in her honor. A special thank you to her little angels, all of the Richens/Timm dancers, who lined her way.


Ann Richens, (née Farrell) founder of the Richens/Timm Academy, is a native of Dublin, Ireland. While growing up in Dublin, she learned Irish Dance from the legendary and late Dance Master, Maitiú Ó Maoiléidigh of the fame Inis Eagla School.  Ann has been teaching and adjudicating Irish Dance in the United States for over 35 years. She has trained numerous Regional and National champions, and has a World Champion to her credit as well.  Ann was one of the most renown and respected figures in the Irish Dance world, serving as Regional Director and even North American President of the Irish Dance Teachers Association. Ann is a certified teacher (TCRG), adjudicator (ADCRG) and examiner and is currently a Vice President of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha.

We at the Richens/Timm Academy are honored to continue her legacy in Irish dance.

A memorial fund has been established in memory of Ann Richens.

The funds will be used to create a memorial in Ann's honor as well as for the family to distribute to the charities of Ann's choice.

Contributions may be made to: Ann Richens Memorial Fund

And mailed to:

c/o Richens/Timm Academy
4348 Tuller Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017

Contributions may also be made in person at any local Fifth Third Bank branch.

Please consider a donation* or sponsorship for the 2012 Legacy Ceili to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012. This event will honor the legacy of Ann Richens and raise funding for the school she founded. These efforts continue after the Ceili conclusion.

* The Legacy Ceili is sponsored by the Irish Dance Association of Columbus on behalf of The Richens/Timm Academy. The Irish Dance Association of Columbus is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization. You will receive acknowledgement of your donation for your

John Timm ADCRG/TCRG World Champion - PortraitJohn Timm A.D.C.R.G./T.C.R.G.
World Champion
John retired from competitive Irish dancing in 1993 as the reigning Senior Men’s World Champion, the highest honor an Irish Dancer can receive. John is one of the most decorated Irish dancers in North America; winning the Mid America Championships 10 times, the North American Championships twice, as well as the coveted North American Senior Belt. John is a certified teacher and adjudicator of Irish dance and a graduate of Wright State University, holding a dual degree in Marketing and Management. In June 2008, John was honored nationally with a Presidential Scholar of the Arts Teacher Recognition Award.  John was elected the Regional Director of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid America, devoting four years (2005-2009) to the betterment of dancing in Mid America, serving as the region’s representative to An Coimisiún in Dublin, Ireland. He continues to entertain audiences all over the world, occasionally touring with Cherish the Ladies and headlining his own professional Irish dance troupe, The Celtic Foot Force

John • 614-851-1712

Allanda O'Neill TCRG PortraitAllanda O’Neill T.C.R.G.
Allanda qualified for and competed in the World Championships 7 times while training at the Richens/Timm Academy. She retired from competition after the World Championships in 1998 and was quickly picked up by “Lord of the Dance” where she studied in London, England for some time. As a certified teacher, Allanda has found a place as a valued instructor at the Academy where she continues to help young dancers reach the height of their potential.  Allanda can also be seen performing with The Celtic Foot Force in various venues throughout the country.


Heather Timm TCRG PortraitHeather Timm T.C.R.G.
Heather completed her successful competitive career with the Richens/Timm Academy at the World Championships in Killarney, Ireland April of 2003 finishing on the podium in 5th place. She is a fourteen-time World Qualifier, four-time Mid America regional champion, two-time runner-up at the North American Championships, 4th at the Great Britain Championships, 2nd at the All-Ireland Championships and recipient of the Best Overseas dancer award. Heather earned her teaching certification in the fall of 2003.  She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a University Scholar.  Heather also continues to perform and entertain audiences all over the world with her husband John Timm.

Liz Donahue Jones TCRG portraitLiz Donahue Jones T.C.R.G.

Liz, a former champion student at the Richens/Timm Academy in Indianapolis, teaches the Thursday classes as well as Wednesday classes and private lessons in Indianapolis. She is a five time qualifier for the World Championships. Liz began assisting in classes as a young teen. She earned her TCRG in 2003 and now is a full-time teacher of Irish Dance. In addition to the Indianapolis program, Liz directs a sister school of the Richens/Timm Academy in Tipton. Liz holds a degree in art history from DePauw University.

Anne Ellis TCRG PortraitAnné Ellis T.C.R.G.

In Anné’s competitive career as a dancer with the Richens/Timm Academy in Columbus, she qualified for the Worlds 7 times and recalled twice.  She competed at the North American Nationals 8 times, recalling every time, and recalled at the All Ireland Championships twice. Anné is a certified teacher of Irish Dance and holds a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Literature from the University of Dayton.  In addition to teaching students in Columbus, Anné travels to teach a satellite group of dancers in Wyoming.


In addition to our highly successful and certified instructors, we also have several senior students who assist in classes and provide private tutoring and mentoring to the younger dancers.




Richens/Timm Academy Studio – Classes for Children

4348 Tuller Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017

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CAPA's Ohio Theatre Dance Studios in Downtown Columbus – Classes for Adults
39 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43015  

Contact via email for more information on Adult classes for this location.


Classes are held in practice room #1. Enter through the side door in the corridor between State Street and the City Center Mall by the Galbreath Pavilion area. For convenience, park in either one of the City Center or the State House garages. If you park in the City Center underground lot accessed off South Third Street, it is possible to take Elevator #2 and be very close to the City Center Mall access to The Ohio Theatre - watch for signs. Parking is quite reasonably priced with full day rates.

Dayton, OH
The Lions Den
1043 Rona Parkway Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324  
Tuesday 4:00 – 5:00pm

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The Rosewood Art Center
2655 Olson Drive
Dayton, OH 45420  
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00pm

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Indianapolis, IN
Richens/Timm Academy Studio
4369 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Wednesday 4:00 – 4:45pm
Thursday 5:00 – 5:45pm

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Indiana Locations

There has been Irish dance instruction in Indianapolis, Indiana since the 1970s taught by various traveling teachers. In 1994, shortly after retiring from competitive Irish Dance as the 1993 Senior Mens World Champion, John Timm committed to traveling weekly to Indianapolis to teach. John’s dedication to the Indianapolis group is witnessed by his nurturing of the school over the past decade from 25 dancers to its current enrollment of over 200 dancers. With the additional commitment of his wife, Heather, they were able to expand the offerings at the Indianapolis location to include a second evening of classes each week to help strengthen the competitive dancers, additional classes on Wednesday evenings for senior students who wish to focus on competitive and show group dancing, as well as adult social Irish dancing classes. The teaching staff also includes former Academy students and champions themselves, Liz Donahue and Meghan Barmann.

Knights of Columbus
222 S. Independence St.
Tipton, IN 46072

Address any questions for this location to Liz Jones, TCRG


4611 Arroyo Drive
Casper, WY 82604


next to Wyoming Oral Implants facing Outer Drive.

Address any questions for this location to Anné Donovan -

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Are you interested in lessons?

Download information above for one of our Workshops or Beginner Classes.

Support The Legacy Ceili through Donations or Sponsorship - this event will honor the memory of our beloved late Ann Richens.


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