The Yeates Academy of Irish Dance was established in Portland, Oregon in 1985 and is the longest running Irish dance school in Oregon. Directors and studio owners Sinéad Yeates (TCRG) and Breda Yeates, along with Meaghan Feeback (TCRG) and Meghan Bjerke (TCRG) bring a wealth of experience in Irish dance and performances. The school is recognized for maintaining the highest standards in Irish dance.
Our mission is to provide a fair, safe, and comfortable teaching environment for our students. We provide a family-oriented environment where each student is encouraged to reach his or her potential by listening and accepting feedback from teachers. Our experienced teachers are committed to providing a quality Irish dance education with a spirit of building self-esteem and self-confidence.
The Yeates Academy is registered with The Irish Dancing Commission (An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha), Dublin, Ireland. Our students are eligible to compete in local, regional, national and World Championships.
Sinéad Yeates, TCRG is an Accredited Teacher of Irish Dance. Sinéad is first-generation Irish and grew up in a family surrounded by Irish music and entertainment. She entered the world of Irish dance at age 7, performing along with her father, popular Irish musician, Peter Yeates. Over the years, Sinéad danced at Irish festivals and local venues in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Sinéad is an accomplished choreographer and instructor and has a knack for combining traditional moves with the more progressive choreography and Irish dance style of today. Prior to her accreditation, Sinéad competed in all levels of Irish dancing, including solos and teams at the World Championship level. In 2021 Sinéad Yeates was one of only 20 recipients internationally to receive an award for “Excellence in Teaching Irish Dance” from Irish Dancing Magazine.
Breda Yeates,was born and reared in Dublin, Ireland where she learned Irish dance as a child. She has a lifelong background in theatre, music, and dance. This training eventually led to a three-year dance engagement with Telefis Eireann (Irish Television) on the "Like Now" show. Breda immigrated to the United States in 1971 and has taught dance in Iowa, Minnesota and Vancouver, WA.