Maiden Street Irish Dance Academy

Sarah Dolan started Maiden Street Irish Dance Academy in Oak Park, in 2008, with exactly two pupils. Later she taught six in her parents' attic, and now Maiden Street is up to about 85, with students age 3 to 14 dancing in borrowed spaces at churches and schools.

"It's so rewarding to watch the kids grow," says Dolan. "I love the moment when they're able to go with the music, this indescribable moment where they really love dancing. I love how the kids are from all different backgrounds, developing friendships through Irish dance."