Awarded Orange CT's best dance school, The Brennan-Lucey Irish Dance Academy caters to all types of dancers whether it be for fun, exercise or competition. We teach children from ages 3 and up and you truly can start at any age! For toddlers, please inquire about our Intro to Irish Dance class and our Parent and Me classes. Don't forget about our adult classes too; it is never too late to start to jigging! Even if you’re not Irish, it’s an amazing form of dance; its energetic, technical, exciting and great exercise.
The concept for the Brennan-Lucey Academy began when Meghan and Stephen met while on tour with Riverdance in 2007. After thousands of performances, countless television appearances and years of dancing and teaching side by side, Meghan and Stephen are still both the best of friends and are now both registered TCRG's (teachers) with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the worldwide Irish dancing governing body based in Dublin, Ireland. They have instructed numerous Riverdance and Heartbeat of Home workshops throughout North America and Ireland and have extensive teaching experience with Camp Rince Ceol; an Irish dance summer camp. Both of their passions have merged into the Brennan-Lucey Academy where they share their love of dance and Irish culture with the youth and adults of today.
Dancers from the Brennan-Lucey Irish Dance Academy have performed with the New Haven Symphony, danced on WTNH, competed on both local and International competitive stages with dancers qualifying for the World Championships each year! We have performed for many charity events and Irish festivals throughout the area. We hope you caught us at one of our events and please consider us for your next gathering! We love to perform for the community, no matter what the occasion!
TCRG, Owner - Director
Meghan Lucey-Brelsford, a Connecticut native, began dancing at the age of 7. In her competitive career Meghan was awarded numerous titles including National Champion, All-Scotland Champion, NAFC Senior Belt Champion and 6-time New England Regional Champion. She has also placed in the top 5 at every major competition within An Coimisiún, including an incredible 2nd place and silver medal at the World Championships in 2009. Meghan’s professional career began when she joined the cast of Riverdance in 2007. She has toured with Riverdance extensively for an impressive 9 years throughout North America, Europe and Asia and lists her personal highlights as performing at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, NBC’s Riverdance on Ice, and CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden in Los Angeles. She has also enjoyed touring with several other productions including Cherish the Ladies, Celtic Fire and Women of Ireland. Meghan was also the Dance Captain for Ireland the Show, the Principle Dancer in the Busch Gardens show Celtic Fyre, and featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent as part of Hammerstep. You can also find Meghan's choreography in local school musicals such as Bailey Middle School's production of High School Musical and the Irish dance section of Wilton High School's production of Legally Blonde. She is the proud recipient of the Global Irish Dance Teacher Award! Meghan thanks her teachers Kathleen, Erin, and Erin for all of their guidance and tutelage throughout the years. Meghan is passionate about teaching and is excited to pass on all that she knows and loves about Irish dancing and culture to the next generation of dancers.
TCRG, Guest Teacher
Stephen Brennan began dancing at the age of 12 in Essex, England. Seven years later, Stephen was named as the World Champion after winning every major title within An Coimisiún by the age of 19, proving its never too late to start Irish dancing. His professional career started when he was invited to join Riverdance for their 2005 arena tour of mainland Europe. Since then, Stephen has performed extensively across twenty-eight countries as well as thirty-eight states of America with Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Celtic Tiger and Heartbeat of Home. He lists one of his most memorable performances as his appearance with Michael Flatley on ABC's Dancing With The Stars in 2007. Prior to opening the school, Stephen is proud to have been touring North America as both the Principle Dancer and Dance Captain of Riverdance, the show that inspired him to start dancing as a child. Most recently, you may have see Stephen performing at Radio City Music Hall with Riverdance in their 2020 25th Anniversary Tour! Stephen holds a First Class Honors degree in Architecture from the University of Kent in England and lists the stand-out moment of his dance career as performing the lead role in Riverdance for his parents for the first time in Dublin, Ireland. Stephen is currently a full time architect at a firm in CT and is a rising star in his field. He is the guest teacher at Brennan-Lucey and loves popping into classes throughout the year!
See Meghan and Stephen at work...
Meghan on the cover of the Irish Dancing Magazine
A November 2016 article about The Brennan-Lucey Irish Dance Magazine! Have a read!
Some of the Senior Dancers from the Hamden location of Brennan-Lucey joined Meghan and Stephen on stage as they performed at a charity event for Kids for Kids in November 2016!
Stephen and Meghan during the number 'Riverdance' at the end of the 2016 US Tour
Meghan after being awarded an incredible 2nd Place at the World Championships in Philadelphia in 2009
Meghan on top of the podium at the All-Scotland Championships in 2010
Stephen performing the number 'Passion and Pride' in 'Heartbeat of Home' in China in 2015