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Brady Academy Teachers

The Brady Academy teachers have a combined experience of 130 years of teaching competitive irish dancing around the world. 

Academy Directors

Gloria Brady Director & TCRG

Gloria Brady, T.C.R.G., started dancing at the age of 11. She achieved titles such as First Western Canadian girl to recall and place at the World Dance Championships in Ireland. She continued to place consecutively in the top ten over the next seven years. Gloria retired from competitive dancing at the age of 18.


Gloria started teaching in 1983 after receiving a T.C.R.G. qualification certificates from Ireland with high honors. This qualification gave her students the opportunity to compete in the North American Championships and the World Irish Dance Competitions.


Over the years Gloria and The Brady Academy of Irish Dance have produced many dance champions from Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, to North American and World Championships in both solo and team Ceili dancing.

Philip Brady, Director & TCRG

Philip Brady TCRG, certified Irish dance teacher, World Champion Irish step dancer and performer, heads up the Brady Academy of Irish Dance in Winnipeg and Saskatoon. His accomplishments and credentials as a true professional have been instrumental in showcasing the beauty and excitement of Irish Dance to audiences around the world.


Philip began dancing at 10 years of age in Dublin, Ireland. During his competitive years Philip achieved champion status, winning 10 consecutive Canadian Irish Dance, 3 North American and 5 overseas World Champion titles.


As a performer, Philip shone in his own production of "Dream of Ireland" for Walt Disney World Productions, and thrilled audiences during his extensive tour with the international production, "Lord of the Dance". Philip's unique style, boundless energy and loose yet mechanically precise footwork permit him to stretch the versatility of Irish Dance to it's very limit. 

John Brady, Director & TCRG

John Brady TCRG, certified Irish dance teacher, John started dancing at the age of 6 with encouragement from his big sister gloria. John competed at the national and international level over a 20 year dancing career. John has competed in the world championships 5 times over his dancing career always placing well. 


John has been involved in irish dancing for over 40 years and after moving back from Ireland in 2006 he now leads and runs the new Calgary location. 

Assistant Teachers

Terry-Lynn Carriere

Terry-Lynn began Irish Dancing at the age of 6 years old. She danced with the Brady Academy of Irish Dance; over my years of competing I have received many accomplishments In Irish Dance. At the age of 8 I attended my first North American Irish Dance Championships and achieved 2nd place, from this point on I remained a top 10 National placing dancer for the remaining of my dancing career. From quite a young age, I also achieved many titles within Canada. 


Terry-Lynn was Western Canadian Champion in Open Championship in my age’s groups numerous times. She also held 1st place in Western Canada Oireachtas (Qualifying for Worlds) level many times. I have enjoyed myself and all that the Irish Dance World had to offer, with many competitions throughout the year locally and nationally as well as Attending many World Championships which occurred overseas in Ireland. I have achieved at World level the Title of Best Overseas Dancer!Before retiring form competitive Irish Dance I was fortunate to be able to see a bit of the Dance Show life! I was selected to perform lead Girl for Brady Academy Dance Company Owner (Philip Brady) and his tour called "Where the Song and Dance Began",  I am honoured to be a part of the Brady Academy Teaching Team!

Meghan Kavanagh

Meghan Kavanagh Fabian - Meghans love for Irish dancing and the Irish culture started from birth. She started watching family friends dance and knew she wanted to be a part of the Irish Dance life. At age 6, she started taking lessons. She then went on to compete - solo and as a part of teams -winning numerous awards.


After Meghan retired from competing, she was invited to tour with Philip Brady in two professional Irish Dance shows - travelling Western Canada and the United States. Now, Meghans joy is in teaching Irish Dancing with the Brady Academy, watching the dancers progress and love for Irish dance.

Since 1983

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