© Walker Academy of Irish Dance

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

J.R. Walker, TCRG

Owner & Director

J.R. Walker is the owner and director of the Walker Academy of Irish Dance. He started dancing at the late age of 14 and quickly moved through the ranks in competition to achieve open champion level. J.R. danced for the Broesler School of Irish Dance under the direction of Kevin Broesler and Eileen Paulson where he was successful in team and solo competitions, qualifying to compete at the World Irish Dancing Championships. 

In 2016, J.R. passed the rigorous TCRG exam to become a certified Irish dance teacher with the world's most distinguished Irish dance organization, An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG). J.R. has since taught and choreographed for students who have placed at many competitions at the regional, national, and international level. 

In addition to his TCRG, J.R. holds a bachelor's degree in History and a master's degree in Social Studies Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Lisa Hunt-Burgess, TMRF

Lisa began studying Irish dance with An Cor Rud in 1997 and retired from Open Championship level after her participation in the 2004 and 2005 North American Championships and the World Championships in Belfast and Ennis. During her active dancing years, she participated in the Boston College program, Gaelic Roots, for six summers. She has been lucky enough to perform onstage with the Eileen Ivers Band, the Chieftains, and Cherish the Ladies, as well as perform in the International Tattoo. 

Lisa holds a TMRF certification, issued by CLRG, and holds a bachelor's degree in English and minor in Art from UVA.