Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance
The Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance is under the direction of Chrissy Zeo and is currently in its 16th year of business. Since opening in 2005, Celtic Flame has captured the hearts of audiences all over the tri-state area. The philosophy of the school is that dancers and instructors work together and support each other as a family. They go out of their way to put on productions big and small that truly make an impact.
Celtic Flame is no stranger to the big stage, and more specifically, to this stage.
Celtic Flame held a Christmas dance recital for many years where the theme focused around the holiday season for song choice and costume selection. In 2012, the school stopped doing their Christmas recital to join the producers of An American Celtic Christmas for the next six years of the show. We are very excited to bring these talented dancers back to the Bensalem Performing Arts Center Stage for this year's production of Celtic Christmas in Bensalem.
In addition to the Christmas shows, some of the most notable performance venues include The Philadelphia St Patrick's Day Parade, The Mayor's Gala, The Sesame Place Parade, Disney World, Philadelphia Phillies, Sixers and Flyers games, and The Philadelphia Fleadh. In 2013 Celtic Flame was awarded ‘Best Dance Group’ in both the Philadelphia and Burlington St. Patrick's Day parades and in 2015 they competed in Dublin Ireland for the CRDM All Ireland where they produced their first international champion.
Celtic Flame currently has 3 locations in Philadelphia & Bucks County. Classes are offered for dancers ages 2 to adult, 7 days a week. The levels range from Beginner to Open Champion, special needs classes are available and there are options throughout the year to perform and/or compete.
Chrissy Zeo Mills
(Irish Dance Choreography and Production)
Chrissy began Irish dancing at the age of 7 and danced for Rose Marie and Beth Timoney, and The Ryan School of Irish Dance where she reached the status of Prelim Champion. At age 18, she opened The Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance. Over the past twenty years the school has grown from a small girl’s dream to an extremely successful program with multiple locations and over 100 dancers ranging from Beginner to Championship level. Chrissy has been choreographing and dancing for Celtic Christmas shows since their inception and before that for her own Christmas recitals.
Chris Naish - Fusion Fighters
(Irish Dance Choreography and Dancer
Chris Naish has been working with Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance as a guest instructor, and workshop organizer over the past few years. He also assists with some of the choreography for the Celtic Christmas Experience, and is a featured dancer in the Bensalem show.
Naish is a performer, Teacher & Choreograper from
Bristol, United Kingdom, with over 20 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry. At the age of 19, Chris retired from competetive dancing as All Ireland, European, National & Regional Solo Champion, as well as winning the World Championships in Figure and Ceili teams. For the next 15 years, Chris toured extensively with Michael Flatley's
Lord of the Dance, Riverdance, & Celtic Woman. He is now the Artistic Director and Founder of Fusion Fighters Dance Company, a continuously evoloving performance company and community that has gained over half a billion video views and 450,000 followers from numerous tours, video campaigns, dance camps, performance workshops and TV appearances.