Mary Heavey-Quinn has been teaching Irish dancing for over thirty years. Mary took lessons in the Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury area for over 20 years under the guidance of Maureen Hansen Keohane. Through her dancing career, she competed through out the United States, along with the World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin, Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland, the Irish Dancing Teacher’s Association of North America and the Irish Dancing Teacher’s Association of New England.
Mary started teaching Irish dance with her own teacher, and not long after finishing her competitive career, she received her TCRG certification from the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland. Kathleen Flaherty, who danced under Mary, received her TCRG and ADCRG with Mary’s guidance. Dancers that have taken lessons from Mary have had opportunities to showcase their talents through Studio 2 Stage, Riverdance Camp, as well as Walt Disney World.
Kathleen, a graduate of Dean College School of Dance, has been dancing for over twenty years. She has trained with numerous ballet, jazz, modern, and tap instructors throughout New England, as well as participated in many master Irish dance classes with choreographers such as Jean Butler, Eileen Martin, and Ronan McCormack. With the help of her Irish dance instructor, Mary Heavey-Quinn, Kathleen received her T.C.R.G. in 2004. Kathleen holds an initial license in Performing Arts from the Massachusetts Department of Education. In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Education and teaches elementary school in Lowell, MA.
Kathleen received her adjudicating degree from An Coimisiun in 2013.
Ronan McCormack is one of the worlds most sought after Irish Dance choreographers. He began his training at the age of 3 in Dublin and before long was competing at feiseanna throughout Ireland and the UK. The following 20 years saw a competitive career, which included Irish, British, North American and World successes.
Ronan is also an accomplished musician and in 1994 graduated from the Waterford Institute of Technology with a B.A. Music degree. It was during his last year at college that he was chosen to be part of the original Riverdance troupe for the Eurovision Song contest and he subsequently toured the UK, USA and Canada with “Riverdance – The Show”. Not only did he dance with the show, he also played keyboards with the Riverdance Orchestra.
He returned to Ireland in 2000 to sit the TCRG examination and followed this with the ADCRG – adjudicator’s diploma. Since then, he has traveled extensively, choreographing for both competitive dancers as well as performing companies and is constantly in demand to adjudicate both in Ireland and internationally. At present, he coaches competitive dancers in Ireland, the USA, Japan, Norway and Russia and is on the faculty of the University of Limerick, providing master classes to the students of the Traditional Irish Music and Dance B.A. program.
Having also trained in tap and modern dance, Ronan has appeared regularly on television in Ireland. In 2004 he appeared as a “dancing giant” in the Miramax production “Ella Enchanted”. In 2006, he choreographed and appeared in a production of “Playboy of the Western World” for the Norwegian State Theatre Company. He was one of the professional dance partners in RTE’s “Celebrity Jigs ‘n’ Reels” – Ireland’s answer to “Dancing With the Stars”. More recently, he was featured in the TV3 produced “Strictly Irish Dance” on TLC Network and was associate producer of the BBC/RTE series “Jigs & Wigs – The Extreme World of Irish Dancing”.
Anthony Murnane hails from Auckland, New Zealand and was born into a famous Irish Dance family, “The Whitty’s”. He is part of the fourth generation of Irish dance teachers in the Whitty family – one of the longest familial associations to An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. Anthony’s Great grandfather Harry Whitty was the first person to introduce Traditional Irish Dancing to New Zealand from this native Co. Cork in 1906. His Grandmother Cecelia Whitty became New Zealand’s first certified teacher with An Coimisiún and later his Great Aunt, Alice Whitty ADCRG, was one of New Zealand’s first adjudicators.
Anthony began dancing at the age of seven. He went on to win several New Zealand Championships from Junior Boys to Senior Men’s, along with numerous other competitions for both solo and Ceili/figure dancing, as well as placing in the top 10 in the World Championships. Having retired from competitive dancing, Anthony toured throughout Europe before settling in Dublin, Ireland.
Anthony obtained his TCRG diploma with honors in Dublin in 2004 and taught dancing there for several years. He received his ADCRG diploma in Derry in 2010. Since then he has adjudicated extensively around the world.
Anthony is delighted and honored to be working with the Heavey Quinn Academy.