MEET OUR INSTRUCTOR TEAM LEADS

Our teachers are dedicated to encouraging each student to do their personal best,
try their hardest and find the joy in dance.

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JOE DUFFEY, TCRG

Lead Instructor, Choreographer

Joe Duffey always dreamed of opening an Irish dance school and putting his mark on the Irish Dance scene. At District Irish Dance affiliate locations, we apply innovative instruction to pass along our love for an art form rooted in tradition.  In doing so, we enable students the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive as Irish dancers in recreational, competitive and pre-professional tracks.


Starting a dance school didn't happen overnight:  Joe brings nearly a decade as a professional dancer to the classroom.  Highlights of his remarkable career include touring with iconic Grammy Award-winning show Riverdance, in addition to working directly with and performing with Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance on London's West End and on Broadway. 

Joe began dancing at age 6, training under renowned teacher Maureen Berry, TCRG at the Teelin School of Irish Dance based in Columbia, MD. He earned his TCRG Irish dance teacher certification with honors in 2017.  Joe's extensive experience in both Irish dance and fitness help ensure a comprehensive well-rounded Irish dance experience is given to every student.  These qualifications include:

  • Accredited TCRG with honors granted by and registered with An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha

  • SafeSport Child Protection Certified Irish dance studio in DC

  • CPR/AED/First Aid-Certified with the American Red Cross (Spring 2017)

  • NASM-CPT personal trainer (Spring 2018)

  • Fuse Pilates method certification (Fall 2014)

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BERNADETTE DEVEREAUX, TCRG

Lead Instructor

Bernadette began Irish dancing in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 6. She is a four-time Regional Champion and has received medals at the National and World Championships. At the age of 18, she joined Lord of the Dance and her show credits include Lead Dancer in Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance on Broadway & London's West End.