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From their Connecticut website [1]: The Pender-Keady Academy was founded in 1999 with just 20 students and has since grown to almost 200 students. Our mission is to share our knowledge and experience in the art of Irish Step Dancing with our students while encouraging them to work hard and have fun! We pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive atmosphere where children can gain confidence through performing and competing, or just dance for the love of it! In just 12 short years, our dancers have achieved extraordinary success in the competitive arena. Some of their accomplishments include: Numerous 1st place New England Regional champions, top placements at the North American Championships, and students who have medaled internationally as high up as the World Championships of Irish Dancing, which is considered the "Olympics" of Irish Dancing. Erin Pender-LeVine and Kathleen Keady, the Co-Directors of the Academy, were both 1st place regional and North American Champions themselves. They both successfully placed in the Top 3 at the World Championships as well. In addition, both ladies performed in the Broadway Cast of "Riverdance" and Kathleen also performed in the original cast of "Lord of the Dance".

From their Massachusetts website [2]: The Harney Academy of Irish Dancing was founded in 1990 by Liam Harney, a two-time World Champion and accredited teacher and adjudicator with the An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha in Ireland. For over 15 years, our academy has provided students and parents with the opportunity to experience the rich traditions and heritage of Irish dance and music. Core to our teaching philosophy at the Academy is fostering an environment of "Continuous Learning". We strongly feel that if each student is given a steady diet of feedback and encouragement, they can realize their potential. Our goal is to not only teach a respect and appreciation for the Irish culture but to encourage each student to embrace their personal growth and development. Through an effective combination of core teaching values and a well-balanced class offering, we help students realize and exceed their goals. Our relationship with students and parents begins by establishing a partnership. We believe that learning is truly a collaborative effort and has developed our logo to capture the essence of what we value as teachers and what we expect from our students. Each day, our three faces remind us and reinforce the values in strength, endurance, and wisdom Laying a solid foundation is a key ingredient to an Irish Dancer's success as a performer and competitor. Therefore, our priority has always been to promote and train the fundamentals. However, in addition, each student at the academy is offered a unique blend of alternative performing arts to improve one's Irish step dancing performance and style. We call this "FUSION". By fusing together jazz and dramatic elements with a strong step dancing discipline, a student's on-stage confidence and presence are enhanced.


Darien, New Canaan & Stamford, CT

Walpole, MA

Rye, NY

Teachers (CT/NY): Erin Pender-LeVine, ADCRG, Kathleen Keady, ADCRG, Erin Kennedy, ADCRG & Louise Mulcahy

Teachers (MA): Liam Harney, Sally Harney, Norine Holleck Fetter, TCRG, Sara Ann McLaughlin Flaherty, TCRG, Colleen Lively, TCRG