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Anderson · Dunn

ACAdemY OF irish DANCE



About Us

The Anderson · Dunn Academy is Denver's elite Irish dance school offering classes to all ages (kids 3 years old to adults).

The Anderson Academy of Irish Dance was founded in January 2016 by the Anderson sisters who grew up dancing in Denver and have always wanted to share their passion by opening an academy. In August 2017, the Anderson Academy welcomed instructor Tara Dunn who grew up dancing in New Jersey and shared their collective dream of building an elite boutique dance school. Together, they created the Anderson · Dunn Academy.  


Our Approach

The Anderson · Dunn Academy is committed to creating a family-oriented environment where all ages, levels and backgrounds can enjoy Irish dance. Our focus is to help individuals grow their confidence through consistency, discipline and personal accountability, while building lifelong friendships along the way. Devoted to steady progress, our aim is to build a community where achievement is measured by personal development.

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Matisse Anderson Zackroff, TCRG

Matisse Anderson Zackroff was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and has been dancing since age 11. She quickly moved up the ranks during her competitive years, having placed top five at the Western U.S. Regional Oireachtas and qualifying for the World Championships five times in a row.  She has competed in Ireland, Scotland and throughout North America. She first started teaching at age 14, and has had the opportunity to work with all levels of dancers. After several years of developing her professional career, Matisse became motivated to make a bigger impact on the Irish dance community and has since successfully acquired her TCRG in 2014. Matisse excels best at creating a full-package dancer with focus on presentation, carriage, sound/timing and strong technique.

Outside of dance, Matisse has earned a Bachelors degree in Business and Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO and is the Financial Controller at Floyd’s 99 Barbershop. She is well versed in creating a structured and organized business, and loves using her professional skills to help spread the joys of Irish dance.

Emma Anderson Bombard, TCRG

Emma Anderson Bombard began dancing at the age of 7 and began teaching at the Anderson Academy of Irish Dance in 2017. She has competed at the regional, national and international level, placing top 5 in the Western Region and qualifying for the World Championships for 8 consecutive years. Emma has had the opportunity to dance with many talented musicians including Eileen Ivers, Natalie McMaster, the Colorado Symphony and the Denver Brass.

Emma also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University with a BS in Business Management and owns func·tion·al, a boutique Organization Consulting company in Denver.


Tara Strazdas Dunn, TCRG

Tara Strazdas Dunn, a native of New Jersey, began her dance training at the age of three. She trained and competed in Irish dance with the Peter Smith School of Irish Dance where she continuously secured spots in the National top 10, Mid-Atlantic Region top 5 and garnered numerous recalls at the World Championships and All Irelands competitions.

Tara's dance background is extensive with more than 20 years of experience studying various styles, including ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz and tap. Tara attended Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, where she participated in the school's rigorous dance program, was a member of the dance team, and a frequent performer in school pieces. There she also completed her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies. In addition to teaching Irish dance, Tara works for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment creating public awareness and youth prevention campaigns about the safe, legal and responsible use of retail marijuana. 

Claire Anderson, Creative Director

Claire Anderson is native to Denver, Colorado and has been competing in Irish dance since age 9. Along with her sister Matisse, she moved through the competition ranks quickly and has qualified for the World Championships seven times in a row. Claire has placed top five at the North American Championships, top ten at the Great Britain Championships, recalled at the World Championships and All-Ireland Championships, and has won the Western U.S. Regional Oireachtas. She began teaching beginners at the age of 12, and has taught all levels of dance since then. Her passion for dance is best seen in technique training and helping with choreography, and is devoted to helping dancers constantly progress.

In addition to dance, Claire has a Bachelors degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Masters in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. She currently does Dynamic Financial Planning with a variety of clients and operates her business through Anderson Financial Management and Insight Asset Management.




  • Wee Beginner (3 & 4 Year Olds) - Mondays from 5-5:45 pm
  • Beginner - Saturdays from 9-10 am
  • Advanced Beginner - Saturdays from 10-11 am; Thursdays from 6-7 pm
  • Adult Cardio - Thursdays from 6-7 pm (New session starting 7/12!)

Register here or sign up for FREE trial class.

For more information, contact us at hello@andersondunndance.com or 720-883-7903.