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10 Intriguing People: Irish Dancer Fulfills Dream, Opens Own Studio

Meet 10 people in Kane County who lead very interesting lives.

Katie Flannery, a world-renowned Irish dancer who performed with Riverdance, recently opened Flannery School of Irish Dance in St. Charles. (Melissa Emory)

Name: Katie Flannery     Age: 30Tie to Kane County: Resides in St. CharlesWhat makes her intriguing: Flannery, a world-renowned Irish dancer who performed with Riverdance, recently opened Flannery School of Irish Dance in St. CharlesWords to live by: “You can achieve anything you want to, when you 1) Work your very hardest. 2) Have a ton of fun. 3) Never give up!” — Katie Flannery

Katie Flannery moved to St. Charles from Kentucky when she was in high school. After graduation, she left again.

But now she’s back, and she’s opened her own Irish dance studio in St. Charles with the hope of growing her business and training future world champion dancers.

“My parents were looking at houses here to retire in,” the 30-year-old says of St. Charles. “We came back to visit, and I fell in love with it again. It’s a charming little town, and it’s a great family area. [I thought], ‘This would be a great place to have the dance school.’”

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