Training Champions in Dance & in Life


Ann Farrell Richens T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G.


 Ann Richens, (née Farrell) founder of the Richens/Timm Academy, was 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.  After immigrating to the United States and settling in Dayton, Ohio, Ann began teaching dance in 1972 and spent almost 40 years teaching and adjudicating in the United States and internationally.  Her school in both Dayton and Columbus  flourished, bringing qualified instruction to central Ohio and elevating Irish dance in Mid America.  She trained numerous Regional and National champions, and was most proud of her 1993 World Champion, John Timm.  Ann and John partnered immediately following his win and the Richens/Timm Academy continued to grow.  Ann was one of the most renown and respected figures in the Irish Dance world, serving as Regional Director of Mid-America and President of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America.  Ann was a certified teacher (TCRG), adjudicator (ADCRG), examiner and a Vice President of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha.  She did what she loved to do up until her final days, losing her battle to cancer Tuesday, August 30, 2011.  Ann touched thousands of lives, training dancers in life lessons that extended well beyond the dance floor.

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


Ann’s memory is well remembered in a tribute by Cityfolk Founder Phyllis Brzozowska

An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha Tribute