DeVoy Academy of Irish Dance

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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 and is also the principal dancer in the Celtic Dance Company of Canada. For the last six years, 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. 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 began Irish dance lessons at the tender age of nine. Keen to show her ambitious spirit, she joined a competitive school two years later, where she quickly rose through the ranks of competition, 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. After retiring from competitive Irish dance, Dympna moved to Sarnia, Ont., where she worked as both a teacher and arts educator. In 2009, Dympna opened the very first branch of the DeVoy Academy, which flourished and quickly became a pillar of the Sarnia community. Dympna is so happy to be able to put all of her extraordinary skills to good use, while giving back to the community and work with children.


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.

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