Training Champions in Dance & in Life

About Us


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, central Indiana and now Wyoming.  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.  Following Ann’s passing in 2011, Richens/Timm is now directed by John and his wife, Heather Timm.   The Richens/Timm Academy currently serves locations in Dublin, Columbus and Dayton, OH , Indianapolis and Tipton, IN, and a sister school in Casper, 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.  There is a place for everyone in Richens/Timm.


Known for its outstanding success in the competitive arena, Richens/Timm has produced a long line of champions including:

  • 52 Regional Champions
  • 12 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 Richens/Timm had the best finish from any Mid-American school in 2009, capturing 4 medals! Over time Richens/Timm dancers have won a staggering 38 medals, including 30 top 10 finishes; 13 top 5 finishes; 8 top 3 finishes; and now, 2 elusive World Championship titles 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!