The team at has interviewed Rochelle Hoffmann of Blakley Okanagan School of Irish Dance.

The team at was privileged to interview Rochelle Hoffmann of Blakley Okanagan School of Irish Dance.

KelownaNow: What is your name?

Rochelle: Rochelle Hoffmann

KelownaNow: If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select and why?

Rochelle: Ciara Sexton. She is a five time World Champion of Irish Dance and the star of many Irish dance stage productions and the 3D Lord of the Dance movie! I would love to be in her “shoes” someday.

KelownaNow: If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?

Rochelle: Kelowna Outstanding Athlete Award, because Irish dance is a Sport as well as an art!!

KelownaNow: Who inspires you?

Rochelle: My friend, Mackenzie, because I don’t know anyone who works harder than she does. She even came seventh at world’s last year with a crack in her spine!

KelownaNow: What are three things on your bucket list?

Rochelle: Achieve my competitive potential in Irish dance and dance with Riverdance; Travel to more of Europe; become an excellent Interior Designer.

KelownaNow: If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?

Rochelle: Dancer

KelownaNow: If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?

Rochelle: 2022 when I’ve toured with a dance show finished my Irish dance professional designation and ready to start my Interior Design career!

KelownaNow: What are you passionate about?

Rochelle: Irish dance, Interior Design, my family and my dogs.

KelownaNow:What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?

Rochelle: The day we went to airport and picked up Buddy, my dog.

KelownaNow: What has been your proudest accomplishment?

Rochelle: When I achieve 26th at the World Championships.

KelownaNow: Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna? What do you like about it?

Rochelle: Original Joe’s – because they serve lots of great food!

KelownaNow: What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna? Why?

Rochelle: WildPlay Kelowna – I love climbing and the zip lines!.

KelownaNow: What is the name of your dance school?

Rochelle: Blakey Okanagan School of Irish Dance

KelownaNow: What does your business/organization do?

Rochelle: Teach Irish dance and perform locally and for benefits and fundraisers.

KelownaNow: Where can people find you or your business online?


KelownaNow: Where can people find your business on Facebook?

Rochelle: Blakey Irish Dance

KelownaNow: What is your mission?

Rochelle: To be the best Irish dancer, Interior Designer and human being I can possibly be!

KelownaNow: If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?

Rochelle: I would love to become a World Medal Holder.

KelownaNow: IWhere do you want to be in five years?

Rochelle: Living in Kelowna and achieving my dreams! I love it here!

KelownaNow: Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?

Rochelle: Michael Flatley

KelownaNow: What three qualities do you feel that you exemplify?

Rochelle: Hard work; perseverance; common decency/community service.

KelownaNow: What would you like to say to your dance mates?

Rochelle: Work hard and keep your eyes on your goals! With a lot of hard work and perseverance, and a little luck, you can achieve them.

KelownaNow: How does your business/organization impact the community?

Rochelle: I like to think that we entertain and provide support where we can. We also provide a good way to exercise and have fun.

KelownaNow:If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?

Rochelle: I would love for them to be experts in the arts, and in particular dance and I would talk to them about making Irish dance a more recognized vocation, like ballet or hip hop.

KelownaNow: If I could change one thing about Kelowna, it would be:

Rochelle: I would create more bike paths.

What do you think makes Kelowna great?

Rochelle: The climate, lake and mountains.

KelownaNow: My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:

Rochelle: Brandt Fralick

KelownaNow: Some general comments I would like to share are:

Rochelle: I am a very fortunate person and I am so happy I’ve been able to pursue my dreams, live in peace and help in the community. I see so much opportunity in the Okanagan and hope to be able to come back here after my education and continue to contribute.

Irish dancing accomplishments: Since I started dancing at the Championship level at the age of 10, I have been the Western Canadian Champion four times and have been top 10 in North America three times. I am about to attend my 8th World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and hoping that I will again recall as I have the past three times, placing 26th last year. I have also attended other major overseas competitions and have recall medals from each one. A dream of mine is to someday tour with a professional show and so last summer I attended an Irish dance camp called Studio2Stage for nine days, along with Lauren from our school. We put together a full professional-style show in that time and it was a most amazing experience, so much so that I am attending again this year. One of the highlights of the whole experience was that I created my own audition! I also love creating choreography and hope to do that and teaching someday. I am so fortunate to have wonderful teachers and peers in my dance school – thanks for your support and friendship everyone!