Iris Gray Sharnick started dancing at the age of three in Ireland. Iris danced at the New York World Fair. She was a member of the Emerald Dancers who were the only group of dancers invited to perform at the United States Pavilion. Iris has appeared on CBS Television, Irish Television, local television, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and toured Ireland with a dancing troupe.
She has won numerous solo dancing medals including the trophy for the highest points in solo dancing at the United Irish Counties Feis and the U.I.C. Senior Championship. Iris received her T.C.R.G. certification as an Irish Dance Teacher from the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland and received her A.D.C.R.G. certification to adjudicate Irish dancing.
Iris has judged throughout the United States and Canada, at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Ireland, the All Scotland Championships, the All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships and most recently the British Nationals and Great Britain Championships in 2010.
Iris is presently a commission representative and is one of the three Vice Presidents for North America on the Commission. Iris has served the New England Region as the Treasurer, Recording Secretary and then as Regional Director from 1991-1998 again in 2005 – 2008 and most recently 2014 – 2017. Iris was also one of the New England’s Oireachtas Chairs in 1983, 1984, 1999, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
She serves as Chair of the Music and Dance committee of An Coimisiún and is a Certified Grade Examiner with An Coimisiún.