Meet Our Star Team

Joe Duffey

TCRG Instructor, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Owner

Show Credits:

Cast Member in Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance on Broadway & London's West End

Bernadette Devereaux

TCRG Instructor,


Costume Director

Show Credits:

Lead Dancer in Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance on Broadway & London's West End


District Irish Dance Academy opened in Fall 2018 with a defined mission: promote individuality through technique, teamwork, & tradition.  Now running out of our very own studio in the Palisades neighborhood of NW DC,  we aim to bring out the best in every dancer, offering a well-rounded Irish dance experience for every student who steps foot in our doors.  Together, let's #dancethedistrict



Owner/Director and DC area-native Joe Duffey always dreamed of running his own Irish dance school and putting his mark on the DC dance scene.  An alum of Bethesda's Walt Whitman High School and George Washington University, his love for the DC area is reflected in the school's brand and vision.  At District Irish Dance, we employ innovative instruction to pass along our love for an art form rooted in tradition.  In doing so, we grant 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 dance career 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.  [Read this Washington Post article to learn more about Joe’s time on Broadway!]  

Joe Duffey (2nd from right) performs with the cast of Lord of the Dance on the Graham Norton Show.

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 District Academy student.  These qualifications include:

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

  • Fully vetted, background checked and insured 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)

  • B.A. Geography from the George Washington University (Spring 2013)

Joined by renowned instructor Bernadette Devereaux, TCRG (former lead dancer and fellow Broadway cast member in Lord of the Dance), our teaching team also includes:


 Mark Chichester (credits include Lord of the Dance and Prodijig)

 Evie Kennedy

Cara Horan

Katherine Olrick

Megan Weber

Mary Farrell

Together, District Academy shares the fun and excitement of Irish dance with students across the greater Washington, DC area.  

Joe Duffey with the cast of Riverdance. Photo Credit (R): David Hobby.


Megan K.

District Academy Parent

We started our daughter in Joe’s beginner class last month. So far she’s had 4 classes and is really enthusiastic. Joe is doing a fantastic job of keeping the kids engaged and having fun while learning the fundamentals of Irish Dance. I’m so happy he opened his school in DC so I can introduce my daughter to Irish Dance, which is something I pursued for many years in my youth and am delighted to share with her.

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