To instill and foster the love of Irish Dance, music, and culture in future generations. At DeVoy Academy we promise to encourage our dancers to reach their best potential be that competitively, recreationally, or a combination of both. Each child is on their own journey, and we will help them get there.
Kieran DeVoy TCRG: Toronto Studio
Kieran started Irish dance relatively late, at the age of 11, but quickly mastered his craft, winning three consecutive Eastern Canadian Irish dance championships in a row. In 2006, Kieran moved to England and trained seven days a week with Sean Eireann McMahon (one of the world’s leading Irish dance schools) achieving his competitive goals and earning a myriad of titles, including Senior Men’s Great Britain Champion and placing in the top 10 at the World Championships of Irish dance. He is a certified Irish dance teacher who has taught workshops all over western Europe and North America. From 2007 to 2013 Kieran has toured extensively with “Magic of the Dance” – one of the longest-running and most successful Irish dance shows of all time, performing in the lead role. Kieran is a multi talented musician and dancer which gives him a unique perspective into the relationship between music and dance. His competitive choreography and artistic ability in steps is what makes our school shine. For Kieran, the opportunity to be able to pass his talents on to the next generation is both an honour and a dream come true.
Dympna DeVoy TCRG: Brampton Studio
Growing up, Dympna loved Irish Dance but once she started competing she was very overwhelmed and intimidated. With hard work, determination, and listening to feedback from her teachers and judges, she greatly improved her dance and made it all the way to Open Championships and placing first in all of her solo and team dances. In addition, she placed in the top 10 at the North American Nationals and even competed at an international level, representing her school at the prestigious All-Irelands. She also performed at various local, provincial and international shows along side her brother. In 2009, Dympna opened the very first branch of the DeVoy Academy in Sarnia, which flourished and quickly became a pillar of the Sarnia community. In 2012, Dympna moved back to the Greater Toronto Area and opened the Brampton studio at the same time Kieran opened the Toronto studio. Dympna has a flair for the creative and loves working with people. Dympna hopes to pass on her love of Irish dance, humour and sense of fun to our next generation of Irish Dancers.
Elizabeth Weglarz: Teachers Assistant
Elizabeth briefly Irish danced at a young age but didn’t come back to it until she was 14. After performing on stage, she found her love for dance and realized this was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She began competing at age 15 and quickly moved up all the way to the Open Championship level. She began assisting classes and giving private lessons early on into her competitive career and found her passion in helping other dancers become the best they can be. She is currently studying to become a certified Irish dance teacher (TCRG) once she retires from competition. Having incurred many injuries over her years dancing, Elizabeth is determined to help the next generation of dancers minimize their risk of injury. In 2017, she completed the Preparing for Safer Dance Practice course through Safe In Dance International.