Maureen Hansen Keohane was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and dedicated her life to teaching Irish Dance to thousands of students and generations of families for over 55 years.
She opened her school in 1947 at age 15 - managing classes inside her parent’s living room for 50 cents a lesson! Graduating valedictorian of her class, she enrolled at Boston College as a nursing student. However, it was Irish dancing that would prevail. She decided to follow her passion for music and dance and never looked back.
The Hansen School later became the Hansen-Keohane School after she met and married Cork native Tim Keohane. Together, they raised four of their own Irish dancers and musicians, and all the while continued to extend themselves to the greater family network of the school.
While admired as a teacher, few knew Maureen was also a certified adjudictor. While always fair and educated in her critique, passing judgment was not characteristic. However, one of her great joys over the years, was mentoring many of her students as they pursued goals of becoming teachers and adjudicators.
Seeing her students thrive gave Maureen an amazing sense of accomplishment and continued to fuel her passion to teach, teach and teach some more. Maureen Hansen was the epitome of what a good teacher should be - kind and patient, understanding and encouraging. She taught her students how to win and loose gracefully and how to make lifelong friends inside the dance hall.
At the Hansen Keohane School, students are not measured by their ability to dance, but by their effort to learn, discipline to practice and by the ease with which they enjoy the craft and the company.
Alanna (Keohane) Maida is the only daughter of Tim and Maureen Keohane. As was the case with her three brothers, she began dancing at an age before memory. An accomplished dancer, Alanna followed in her mother stride, and began teaching at the school at a very early age. She graduated from Boston University with degrees in elementary education and psychology, and is a third grade teacher in the Framingham Public Schools. After years of instructing, she officially received her TCRG in 1989. Now at the helm of the school, Alanna continues to pass on the lessons of life, friendship and dance instilled by her mother, to her own five children, and the rest of the Hansen Keohane dancers.