Saol  ∞  Life  ∞  Dance

At Saol Academy, we believe that Irish Dance can teach fundamentals that cross over into all aspects of your child's life. Irish Dance provides an environment for developing friendships and teamwork, and also instills discipline, increases athleticism and coordination, grows confidence, and builds a positive foundation for the future.


Kara Wilke, TCRG - Instructor/Owner

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Kara Wilke is the owner and director of Saol Academy of Irish Dance. She began Irish Dancing at the age of 12, and competed at a National level for 10 years. While dancing competitively, she also worked as an assistant teacher, where she found her passion of teaching. Kara received her Irish Dance Certification, TCRG (Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rincí Gaelacha), in December 2011 from The Irish Dance Commission (An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the Irish Dance Teachers’ Association of North America.


kara dance cropped In addition to her years as a competitor, Kara has also been a performer and choreographer, and her experience includes being on stage at Milwaukee's Irish Fest, Celtic Fest in Grant Park, the Landmark Center in St. Paul, MN, as well as being a part of the downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade.


Kara obtained her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009, and is currently working as a Project Development Engineer in Elk Grove Village. When not dancing, she also trains in powerlifting to improve her strength and maintain a healthy lifestyle.