Mark Howard is a proud Chicago Irish-American. Born in Yorkshire, England of Irish Parents, Howard trained as a child in Chicago church basements and banquet halls under the legendary Marge and Dennis Dennehy. Teaching his own students by the age 17, while studying at St. Ignatius College Prep, led to the founding of the Trinity Academy of Irish dance, Howard’s own dance school which continues to flourish as a Chicago institution.

A year after graduating from Loyola University, Howard coached his dancers to win America’s first world team championship. His school would continue to push boundaries and break multiple records, and by 27 he was appearing annually as a special guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Choreography for film, television, theater, and international festivals ultimately led to Howard’s unique transition to the performing arts stage.

Today, this Emmy award-winning choreographer is elevating the arts through the non-profit Trinity Irish Dance Company, a consortium of the world’s most innovative performing artists whose unique work celebrates the integrity and pushes the boundaries of Irish dance. Their use of movement to empower and connect with audiences worldwide is on its way to becoming a global phenomenon.

1970

Young Champion dancer Mark Howard and his father, Michael Howard are invited to present Mayor Richard J. Daley with tickets to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

 

 

1990

Coach Mark Howard brings his father to present Mayor Richard M. Daley with a gold medal after Trinity won a world title for USA. He declared a Trinity day in Chicago.

 

 

1991

Choreographer Mark Howard on one of three Johnny Carson show appearances.

 

 

Today

Artistic Director Mark Howard guides the Trinity Irish Dance Company through movement as they prepare for a world premiere at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.

 

Don’t miss the reinvention of Trinity Irish Dance Company when they return to the Auditorium Theatre on February 2, 2019 for their first Chicago performance in over a decade! Click here to purchase tickets.