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. Morgan Brown joined the teaching staff as an assistant teacher in 2021 and the students fell in love with her. Not only is she an exceptional dancer and a wonderful human but with her exercise science degree she is our strength and conditioning head coach and provides dancers with healthy, body positive habits and exercises to help make them become the best dancers they can.
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!
Our Academy has a zero tolerance for bullying and gossip. It is essential that any issues or concerns about your child's dance journey be brought solely to the attention of the director. Any discussions of concerns involving your dancer (or other dancers) to other dance parents rather than our director is considered gossip and grounds for dismissal. We strive to be a supportive, safe place for all dancers (and parents) to go on their dance journey at their own speeds.
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. Meghan spent years teaching at the Riverdance Summer School in Boston and also at CRC (Camp Rice Ceol - the premier Irish Dance summer camp). You can also find Meghan's choreography in local school musicals such as Bailey Middle School's productions of High School Musical and Frozen Jr, 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.
Assistant Teacher, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Morgan Brown started dancing at the age of 3 in New Jersey. After moving to and from 8 different dance schools across the United States and Germany, she joined the Brennan-Lucey Academy in 2019 and is thrilled to make this school her home. Morgan has competed at two Southern Region Oireachtas, three North American Nationals, and three New England Oireachtas, most recently placing 7th in 2022. Morgan graduated in May 2023 from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science and a minor in Business Management. Throughout college, Morgan had the opportunity to compete at the collegiant level of dancing, where the team won both the annual Villanova competition and most recently Nationals. She also had the opportunity go to Dingle, Ireland twice with the team to take part in week long workshops and performances around the county. Morgan has been teaching Irish dance since 2017, has worked with CRC (Camp Rice Ceol - the premier Irish Dance summer camp) as a counselor, and also runs all of our Strength and Conditioning classes. She absolutely loves training dancers and helping them become educated on how their body moves, along with teaching them the best ways to train to maximize their dancing. Morgan is one step away from becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and TCRG.
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, Morgan, and Stephen at work...
Best Dance School Orange CT
Global Irish Dance Teacher Winner
Global Irish Dance Teacher Winner
Meghan on the cover of the Irish Dancing Magazine
A November 2016 article about The Brennan-Lucey Irish Dance Magazine! Have a read!
Meghan in Riverdance dancing Reel Around the Sun
Meghan after being awarded an incredible 2nd Place at the World Championships in Philadelphia in 2009
Morgan in the Sacred Heart University Claddagh Irish Team
Meghan and Stephen James Cordon Show LA
Meghan on top of the podium at the All-Scotland Championships in 2010