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Meet Our Team


Kat Olrick
Assistant Instructor


Sarah Tully
Assistant Instructor


Mary Kate Fogarty
Assistant Instructor

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Julia Topper
Assistant Instructor | Office Administrator


Mark Chichester
Instructor | Choreographer

Former Cast Member in Lord of the Dance on London's West End


Scott Doherty
Workshop Instructor | Choreographer

World Champion & Creator of Rockin' Road to Dublin


Kendal Griffler
Head of Marketing + Outreach | Instructor

Cast Member in Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens Williamsburg



Joe Duffey, TCRG
Owner | Lead Instructor

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


Bernadette Devereaux, TCRG
Head of Programs | Lead Instructor

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

Joe Duffey TCRG Irish Dance in DC


Native Washingtonian Joe Duffey always dreamed of opening an Irish dance school and putting his mark on the DC dance scene.  An alum of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, and George Washington University (B.A. 2013), his love for the DC area is reflected in the school's brand and vision.  At District Irish Dance, 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.  [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:

  • 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)

Joined by Bernadette Devereaux, TCRG (former lead dancer and fellow Broadway cast member in Lord of the Dance), as well as Mark Chichester, who leads our tap program (credits include Lord of the Dance and Prodijig), workshop instructor Scott Doherty (world champion and creator of Rockin' Road to Dublin), and our talented assistant instructor team, District Academy shares the fun and excitement of Irish dance with students across the great Washington, DC area.


Joe Duffey in the iconic "Riverdance" line up during a photo shoot in Times Square, NYC. Credit:  Time Out Magazine


Head of Programs Bernadette Devereaux (center) performing the lead role in "Lord of the Dance" (Credit:  Lord of the Dance)

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