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For over three decades, Mary Heavey-Quinn has dedicated herself to instructing Irish dancing. Her journey began with more than 20 years of lessons in the Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury area, mentored by Maureen Hansen Keohane. Throughout her dancing career, Mary competed extensively across the United States and participated in the prestigious World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin, Ireland. She is an active member of the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland, as well as the Irish Dancing Teacher’s Association of North America and the Irish Dancing Teacher’s Association of New England.

Mary transitioned into teaching Irish dance alongside her own mentor. Shortly after concluding her competitive career, she achieved TCRG certification from the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland. Under Mary's guidance, Kathleen Flaherty, a former student, earned both TCRG and ADCRG certifications. Mary's students have had numerous opportunities to showcase their talents through various platforms, including Studio 2 Stage, Riverdance Camp, and performances at Walt Disney World.

Mary Heavey Quinn
Mary Heavey Quinn

TCRG | DIRECTOR

Formerly a student at Heavey Quinn Irish Dance, Kathleen Flaherty holds certifications as a TCRG and an ADCRG. She earned her degrees from Dean College School of Dance, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Emmanuel College.

Currently, Ms. Flaherty is an elementary school educator in Lowell, Massachusetts, and possesses licenses in Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Performing Arts, Reading Specialist, and Special Education from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Kathleen Flaherty
Kathleen Flaherty

TCRG | ADCRG

Brittany Beacham Tomascak dedicated 15 years to competitive Irish dancing with the Coogan School of Irish Dance in Connecticut. Under the tutelage of Brenda Coogan O’Leary, she participated in numerous National and International competitions, including the All-Ireland, All-Scotland, and World Championships. In 2015, she earned her TCRG certification and eagerly joined the teaching faculty at the Heavey Quinn Academy.

In 2011, Brittany graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in chemical engineering. She furthered her education in 2016 by obtaining a Master's Degree in biochemistry from the University of Saint Joseph. Alongside her teaching responsibilities, Brittany serves as an analytical development scientist at a local pharmaceutical company.

Brittany Beacham Tomascak
Brittany Beacham Tomascak

TCRG

Ronan McCormack is a renowned Irish Dance choreographer who began his journey in Dublin at the age of 3. Over two decades, he excelled in competitions across Ireland, the UK, and beyond. Alongside his dance prowess, Ronan holds a B.A. in Music from the Waterford Institute of Technology. During his college years, he joined the original Riverdance troupe for the Eurovision Song contest, touring extensively with "Riverdance – The Show" as both a dancer and a musician, showcasing his talents on keyboards with the Riverdance Orchestra.

In 2000, Ronan returned to Ireland to pursue his TCRG certification, later obtaining the ADCRG – adjudicator's diploma. Since then, he has traveled worldwide, choreographing for competitive dancers and professional companies. Highly esteemed as an adjudicator, he coaches dancers in Ireland, the USA, Japan, Norway, and Russia. Additionally, he imparts master classes at the University of Limerick for students enrolled in the Traditional Irish Music and Dance B.A. program.

Beyond Irish dance, Ronan's versatility extends to tap and modern dance. He has been a familiar face on Irish television, appearing in productions such as the 2004 Miramax film "Ella Enchanted" and the 2006 Norwegian State Theatre Company's production of “Playboy of the Western World”. He participated as a professional dance partner on RTE's "Celebrity Jigs 'n' Reels" and was featured in TV3's “Strictly Irish Dance” on TLC Network. Ronan served as an associate producer for the BBC/RTE series "Jigs & Wigs – The Extreme World of Irish Dancing."

Ronan McCormack
Ronan McCormack

TCRG | ADCRG

Anthony Murnane, originally from Auckland, New Zealand, comes from a prestigious Irish Dance lineage known as "The Whitty's." He represents the fourth generation of Irish dance teachers in the Whitty family, which boasts one of the longest associations with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. His great grandfather, Harry Whitty, introduced Traditional Irish Dancing to New Zealand in 1906, hailing from Co. Cork. Following in this tradition, Anthony's grandmother, Cecelia Whitty, became New Zealand's inaugural certified teacher with An Coimisiún, while his great aunt, Alice Whitty ADCRG, became one of New Zealand's pioneering adjudicators.

Anthony began his dancing journey at the age of seven, securing numerous victories in New Zealand Championships across various age categories, from Junior Boys to Senior Men’s. He also excelled in solo and Ceili/figure dancing competitions, achieving top 10 placements in the World Championships. Following his retirement from competitive dancing, Anthony embarked on a tour throughout Europe before eventually settling in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2004, Anthony earned his TCRG diploma with honors in Dublin, where he taught dance for several years. Subsequently, in 2010, he obtained his ADCRG diploma in Derry, broadening his horizons as an adjudicator worldwide.

Anthony Murnane
Anthony Murnane

TCRG | ADCRG

Roseanne is a teacher with our Jump’n Jig classes. She loves to see the kids grow and creates a fun yet challenging atmosphere with the dancers in class. Roseanne danced throughout her childhood and competed at the Regional, National and World level. Her infectious love of all things Irish is obvious through her five grown children and she is now continuing the tradition with her grandchildren.

Roseanne Howell
Roseanne Howell

INSTRUCTOR

Deirdre Howell Morello began her dance journey at Heavey Quinn at the tender age of 4 and has been an integral part of the academy since high school. A graduate of Framingham State University and a proud mother of two, Deirdre has a rich history in competitive Irish Dance, performing and traveling extensively throughout the United States and Canada. Her Irish Dance experience has not only been marked by accomplishments but has also created lasting friendships that continue to thrive over the years.

With a special love for children, Deirdre excels as our Jump'n Jig Coordinator. Her genuine love for working with young dancers shines through as she guides them to success, sharing her passion for Irish dancing along the way.

Deirdre Morello
Deirdre Morello

INSTRUCTOR

As a teen, Julia discovered her love for Irish dance and has been hooked ever since. After teaching at the Whyte School, she joined Heavey Quinn, where her enthusiasm and joy for life shine through. While she adores teaching young dancers, her passion truly comes alive with adult classes. Along with her dance career, Julia runs her own embroidery business and manages to keep up with her six active children.

Julia DaCosta
Julia DaCosta

INSTRUCTOR

Kelly Pearson is from Minnesota where she danced and taught with the Corda Mor School in Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 and received her TCRG from Coimisiuin le Rinci Gaelacha in 2019. She has had many opportunities to compete on a National and World championship level. Kelly loves to perform and has been a part of Kerry Irish Productions, An Irish Christmas show, Celtic Rhythms of Ireland along with Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens for several years. She is a registered yoga teacher and certified barre intensity instructor.  Kelly lives in the Boston area and joined Heavey Quinn Irish Dance in September, 2023.

Kelly Pearson
Kelly Pearson

TRCG

Maeve Hussey joined the Heavey Quinn family almost 20 years ago as a young dancer along with her two sisters. Maeve traveled throughout the United States and abroad competing on a local, regional, and international stages both in solo and team competitions. After finishing her own Irish dancing journey, Maeve began teaching another generation of dancers. Loving the history and the community offered by dance, Maeve is delighted to share her enthusiasm and talent with young dancers. A Galway Girl at heart, Maeve loves the music and cherishes the dance!

Maeve Hussey

INSTRUCTOR

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