Celtic Traditions School of Irish Dance opened its doors in 2009, and is the only studio in the area to offer Irish dance. We have classes for boys and girls ages 3 to adult, Beginner to Open Championship level. Our students enjoy performing for the community throughout the year, and we hold an annual Ceili to showcase what they have learned. Dancers have the added benefit of being eligible to compete, as Mrs. Amanda is fully accredited through An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG) in Dublin, Ireland, as well as the Irish Dance Teacher's Association of North America and the Southern Region.
In our Irish dance classes, dancers learn solo and céili (group) dancing. We take satisfaction from the fact that dancers are taught the following in our classes: intricate footwork, musical timing and tune recognition, proper Irish dance technique, stage presence, flexibility, teamwork, rhythm, importance of working towards goals, and much more!
Celtic Traditions prides itself on being a studio of excellence. It is our belief that anything worth doing is worth doing well. That is why we hold all dancers to a high standard; whether they are strictly performance dancers, or wish to compete, all dancers receive the highest level of instruction. We are proud to have dancers that have attained the World Championship status, and most recently represented the Southern US at the 2019 World Irish Dancing Championships in Greensboro, NC.
We have nearly 1300 square ft of dance space, a fully sprung and Treblekoted floor, and ample mirrors. Our studio is available to rent. Contact Amanda at or (334) 705-0303 for pricing and availability.
Amanda Tucker Poole, TCRG
Amanda Tucker Poole was trained by Karl Drake in Atlanta, GA at the Drake School of Irish Dance. She competed for nine years with much success--placing in the top 5 in the solo dance category at the Southern US Championships (Oireachtas) for four years, and qualifying for the World Championships five times. From 2002-2005 her figure choreography team won 1st place at the Southern Region Championships. She competed at the World Championships in Ireland twice, and in 2005 placed 25th at the North American Irish Dance Championships. Amanda performed in Eire: The Show in Branson, Missouri in 2004. She toured North America with the show The Magic of Ireland in 2007. Throughout her years of dancing, she also had the honor of sharing a stage with Irish music legends such as The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, and Eileen Ivers. She is the instructor for the Drake School of Irish Dance in Auburn and Birmingham, Alabama, producing National and World Championship qualifiers. Amanda received her TCRG in December 2011, and graduated cum laude from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree that same month. She became the owner of Celtic Traditions shortly thereafter, and moved to Auburn with her husband Josh.
Karl Drake, TCRG
Karl Drake was trained by the prestigious O'Se School of Irish Dance in Dublin, Ireland. He enjoyed much success competitively, with his top placement being 4th in the World Championships. As a young adult he moved to New York City and trained under the Golden School of Irish Dance. After a trip to the South, he decided to open a dance school in Atlanta, GA, in 1990. Since then, he has expanded his school into Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mexico, and most recently China! He has produced National Championship winners and World Championship medalists, as well as dancers that have performed in professional shows such as Riverdance. Read his entire bio here.
Mr. Karl owns the Drake School of Irish Dance, of which we are proud to be a part of. When our dancers compete, they compete as the Drake School.