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Meet Our Faculty


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 & Studio Manager

Cast Member in Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens Williamsburg


Phil Stacy, TCRG
Certified Instructor

Southern Region Oireachtas Champion


Kat Olrick
Assistant Instructor


Sarah Tully
Assistant Instructor


Mary Kate Fogarty
Assistant Instructor


Joe Duffey, TCRG
Founder, Owner & Creative Director

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


Julia Topper
Assistant Instructor,
Office Administrator & Assistant Studio Manager


Siobhan Cooney
Assistant Instructor


Morgan Kelleher
Assistant Instructor


Hailey Parry
Assistant Instructor

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 Irish dance teacher certification (TCRG) 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

  • NASM-CPT and Fuse Pilates fitness certifications

  • Active member of The Irish Dance Teachers' Association of North American, CLRG - The Irish Dancing Commission, and the IDTANA - Southern Region.

Joined by Bernadette Devereaux, TCRG, and Phil Stacy, TCRG, together with a talented assistant instructor team, District Irish Dance shares the fun and excitement of Irish dance with students throughout the greater Washington, DC area.  Pupils of District Irish Dance have won regional and national titles in solo and team championships, and have gone on to pursue professional tracks.  District student Maddie Cabral recently became a touring cast member with Trinity Irish Dance Company!  We are proud to offer a bespoke learning atmosphere and vibrant community focus at District Irish Dance.


Joe Duffey in "Riverdance" 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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